Pregnancy Diet Information and Resources

The right diet can help you have a healthier pregnancy

2.What do you consider a healthy pregnancy weight gain? As long as the pregnant mother is eating an adequate diet, there is a large variation in what is considered to be a normal and healthy pregnancy weight gain. Some women lose weight during a pregnancy, while others may gain 70 pounds. It is the quality of the diet that is most important.

3. Your diet recommends 2,400 calories each day? Isn't that awfully high?
Don't concentrate on calories. Instead, eat the healthy foods included in a good diet, making sure to get between 80 and 100 grams of protein each day. Dr. Maurice Strauss of Harvard, in the 1930s, found that women with toxemia who were placed on very high protein diets (260 grams a day) were able to turn their conditions around.

4. What if I suffer from nausea and vomiting -- how important is it for me to eat everything on the diet?
Malnutrition at the end of pregnancy is a much bigger threat, particularly during the last trimester. The quality of your diet is still of utmost importance, though the quantity is not as big an issue. Morning sickness usually fades away by around the 12th to 14th week of pregnancy. Up until that time, small meals containing some protein and carbohydrates should be eaten frequently. This can even help to relieve morning sickness in some mothers.

5. How about salting my foods to taste -- will it cause my blood pressure to rise?
Salting foods to taste is very important. During pregnancy, blood volume must increase 40 to 50 percent. The goal of the Brewer Diet is to provide you with the foods and nutrients necessary to help with this protective increase. It is normal to have swelling in late pregnancy while following a good diet. Extra water protects in case of excessive bleeding after the birth, and helps to protect the new mother from going into shock.

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