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

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: What do you think?

    Sure, raw milk is good for you & the dairy is clean.

    No, raw milk is too dangerous.

    Milk isn't really good for you anyway, so no.

    It may be fine, but I would wait until I wasn't pregnant just to be safe either way.

    I drank raw milk when I was pregnant and everything was fine.

    I drank raw milk when I was pregnant and became very ill.

  • Post # 34
    8036 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @PiggehBank:  Just ask yourself this: If you do miscarry and there’s a chance it could be caused by raw milk, could you forgive yourself?


    Post # 35
    252 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    There are transferrable diseases from cattle that people get from drinking raw milk.

    Also, this: http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/consumers/ucm079516.htm

    “This raw, unpasteurized milk can carry dangerous bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria, which are responsible for causing numerous foodborne illnesses.These harmful bacteria can seriously affect the health of anyone who drinks raw milk, or eats foods made from raw milk. However, the bacteria in raw milk can be especially dangerous to people with weakened immune systems, older adults, pregnant women, and children. In fact, the CDC analysis found that foodborne illness from raw milk especially affected children and teenagers.”

    I took a medical microbiology class a few years ago. You do NOT want these infections, especially not when your baby’s life is at stake.

    Post # 36
    9079 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

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    @BrandNewBride:  While I support people being as healthy as they can be for babies and themselves, I find a lot of fault in the, “But what if you do have a problem?”

    If that’s the case, why don’t we all live in underground bunkers because you can be hit by a car. You probably won’t, but what if you do? Totally preventable problem. Same with drinking wine (cirrosis), eating peanuts (allergy), going outside (skin cancer) and all sorts of things. Everything in life has a risk and going, “But what if you do react/have an issue/etc” is such a suppressing argument.

    I have read most of the links in this article and truly, I think raw milk will do a body good. I have read the risks, the pro’s and con’s, and I think if I was ‘into” raw milk, I would feel secure in drinking it during my (hypothetical) pregnancy. Our ancestors survived, didn’t they? Yes, we’ve progressed a lot since then and the mortality rate of children has gone down significantly, but we had to survive somehow, right?

    I’m all for taking risks and not taking risks. Should you go bungee jumping while pregnant? Probably not a good idea.

    Should you eat an unwashed vegetable ever? No, but it probably won’t kill you or make you sick.

    I’d think that normal pathogens and bacteria that you experience on a day-to-day basis are going to be more dangerous than raw milk.

    Although, now I’m curious what raw milk tastes like and just how different it is than normal milk.

    Post # 38
    1675 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I am not hyper-paranoid about what foods pregnant women should and shouldn’t eat and, in the name of full disclosure, I will say that I have indulged in raw milk cheese on a few occasions throughout my pregnancy. I would be wary about drinking raw milk on a regular basis while pregnant though (when not pregnant I am firmly pro-raw milk……unfortunately it is illegal here and very difficult to find).

    Do you have a source for locally raised, non-homogenized milk that’s pasteurized at a very low temperature? That would be the next best thing for me. Otherwise, if that isn’t available or you aren’t interested in it, then I would probably forego milk (but I’m not a big milk drinker to begin with). You can certainly get your calcium elsewhere, despite what many special interest groups might want you to believe!

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