(Closed) Raw milk during pregnancy – yay or nay?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What do you think?
    Sure, raw milk is good for you & the dairy is clean. : (7 votes)
    13 %
    No, raw milk is too dangerous. : (31 votes)
    55 %
    Milk isn't really good for you anyway, so no. : (2 votes)
    4 %
    It may be fine, but I would wait until I wasn't pregnant just to be safe either way. : (15 votes)
    27 %
    I drank raw milk when I was pregnant and everything was fine. : (1 votes)
    2 %
    I drank raw milk when I was pregnant and became very ill. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Eeps! Don’t drink the raw milk! I am not an overreactor about the pregnancy and food stuff, but raw milk is one of those things that is really actually bad! It’s not that you might get sick, it’s that e-coli causes miscarrages. Some things in pregnancy, if you get them while you’re pregnant it’s way worse – like chicken pox or listeriousis or fifth’s disease or e-coli. I would stick with some nice delicious pasturized homogenized milk for the pregnancy, and go back to the raw milk after!

    Post # 4
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I really would not do this – and I’m 24 weeks pregnant and have zero issues with a daily can of pop or the occasional tuna fish sandwich, but unprocessed milk and cheese is really risky for your baby. The fact that the fairy takes many precautions and people don’t get sick from drinking it really has nothing to do with it. The bacteria that is in raw milk that can cause illness pretty rarely affects people, I think the number is something like 1 in 1600. But the amount of bacteria that it takes to harm you is much different than the amount it takes to harm your teeny tiny baby. I love lunch meat and crave it sometimes, but I’ve stayed away from it for the same reason – we’re talking a food with a legitimate risk to your child, not something that they just recommend limiting or that studies show may have a negative effect on some fetuses but there isn’t any overwhelming evidence. 

    I totally get how awful morning sickness is – for about the first three months I threw up practically everything I ate and lost so much weight, it was miserable. Pop was something that actually helped calm my stomach, and I got so freaking irritated with people judging me for it. So I’m not trying to sound harsh or judgemental at all, just saying that to me this crosses the line into something that is definitely unsafe. I’d get through the next 30 weeks without it and request for your SO to bring you a nice big jug of it for your first post-delivery meal =)

    Post # 7
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    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    No way!  I get really yummy local non-homogenized milk in glass bottles from a local organic farm, but definitely pasteurized!

    Post # 8
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    5400 posts
    Bee Keeper

    You’re going to get a lot of negative reactions here. People on these boards tend to be very anti-anything outside of mainstream medicine/science. We drink raw milk and my pregnant SIL is drinking it also. She’s very healthy. Pasteurized milk is actually much dirtier, and has to be pasteurized to be safe, because most of it contains so much pus and bacteria. Gross. Farms you trust are much safer IMO. Also, you can get E. coli, listeriosis, etc a lot of places, like lettuce and other produce. If you’re comfortable with it, I wouldn’t be concerned. 

    Post # 9
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    861 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @PiggehBank:  I think I feel the same way about raw sprouts as you do about raw milk! I love them and crave them all the time and buy them organic and would scrub the crap out of them, but Health Canada has a warning that says no matter what you do and where they come from, don’t eat them raw while pregnant because of the e-coli risk, and if you are desperate for them, cook them. So I cook them, and eat them, and it’s not the same, but it’s just one of those things to live with while pregnant!

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    Here’s an article with a good discussion of data:

    Raw Milk Reality: Is Raw Milk Dangerous?

    I am not a milk drinker but am a huge supporter of raw milk. Let’s not forget that pasteurized milk is a relatively modern invention and that even today around the world many people, including pregnant women, drink unpasteurized milk. I’m not advocating that you drink gallons a day, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having the occassional glass. According to the article, you’re in much worse danger due to the vegetables you eat as opposed to drinking the raw milk. Bottoms up!

    Post # 12
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @PiggehBank:  Well, some people do get lucky, but it’s a big enough risk that I wouldn’t be willing to take it. I know there is a lot of propoganda on both sides – the anti saying ‘OMG you should NEVER drink raw milk, you’ll get sick, you’ll definitely miscarry’, etc. Then there’s the pro side saying ‘Raw milk is so great and healthy, it will help you ward off disease even in your pregnancy, your baby will be stronger and healthier, etc.’ Here’s an interesting article that gives both points of view and does a pretty good job of it: 

    Raw Milk Reality: Is Raw Milk Worth the Risk?

     

    Although there are benefits to raw milk, even considering the positive points in the article I wouldn’t do it. I know some of the stuff I do, like drinking pop, certainly doesn’t have any health benefits – but there’s also no reason to believe it could cause a miscarriage. If a food or drink has a proven risk of miscarriage, no matter whether it’s likely to happen or not, I wouldn’t do it.

     
    ETA: Just noticed two of us linked to the same article…hah, that’s kinda funny.
     

    Post # 13
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    909 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    If you decide to forego milk altogether, please up your intake of calcium from other sources; pregnancy significantly leeches calcium from your bones and it’s difficult to build your stores up again.

    Post # 14
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    377 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Please do not risk this. I know you saw the dairy. Remember you cannot ‘see’ microscopic pathogens. Do you plan to culture every bottle of milk? It is not worth the risk. I am a farm veterinarian and am well educated on the diseases you and your unborn could contract. At the very least consult your doctor first. 

    Post # 16
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Please don’t! It’s one of those things where you PROBABLY won’t have a problem. But what if you DO? It’s a totally preventable problem!

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