The Bradley Method (R) recommends that expectant mothers follow the Brewer Diet to ensure they're getting all the nutrition to grow a healthy baby and keep themselves healthy, too.
For a full explanation of the Brewer Diet, come to class 2, or see www.blueribbonbaby.com or traditionalmidwife.com/actmremembertb.html or www.ivillage.com/pregnancy-diet-information-and.../6-a-144744
75 grams of protein a day is what you need to grow a healthy baby and keep yourself well, too.
As Dr. Brewer said simply, "This is something you have control over." Dr. Tom Brewer developed simple diet guidelines that have proven to completely avoid pre-eclampsia and toxemia. Vegans can certainly adjust the diet so that they're getting plenty of high quality protein. Ovo-vegans have a harder time meeting their babies's and their own nutritional needs, but it can be done. See further: http://www.drbrewerpregnancydiet.com/id91.html ...and protein, and bread, and even
A DAILY WELL- BALANCED
- One quart (4 glasses) or more of milk. Any kind will do: whole milk, low fat, skim, buttermilk, or cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc....
- Two eggs, (hard boiled, in french toast, or added to other foods).
- Two servings of fish or seafood, liver, chicken, lean beef, lamb, pork, beans or any kind of cheese.
- Two good servings of fresh green leafy vegetables: mustard, collard, turnip greens, spinach, lettuce, or cabbage.
- Four or more slices of whole wheat bread, cornmeal, cornbread, or tortillas.
- A piece of citrus fruit or glass of juice of lemon, lime, orange, tomato, or grapefruit.
- Three pats of butter or healthy oils.
- Other fruits and vegetables.
Also include in your diet:
- A serving of whole grain cereal such as oatmeal or granola.
- A yellow or orange-colored fruit or vegetable five times a week.
- Liver once a week. (if you like it)
- Whole baked potato three times a week (with the skin).
- Plenty of fluids, water, juice etc.
- Salt food to taste for a safe increase in blood volume.
You may substitute proteins if you wish, being sure your proteins are complete, and that you get approximately 100 grams per day, If you substitute, also be sure all the elements necessary for a well balanced diet are available every day.
Processed Cheese1 oz6g
Cottage Cheese1/2 C12g
Ice Cream1 C6g
Halibut3 1/2 oz26g
Cheerios1 1/4 C3.8g
Granola1 1/4 C4g
Shredded Wheat2/3 C3g
Wheat Germ1 Tbsp2g
Navy Beans1/2 C7g
Kidney Beans1/2 C7g
Celery1 lg. stalk0.3g
Cabbage1/2 C cooked1.2g
Green Beans1/2 C0.8g
Vegetable Soup1 C3g
Beef Broth1 C5g
Chicken Noodle1 C3.4g
Chili & Beans1 C18g
Liver3 1/2 oz26g
Sweet Potato1 medium2g
Potato Chips16 pcs0.8g
Peanut Butter1 Tbsp4g
Fruit & Juice
Vegetable Juice4 oz1g
Grape Juice4 oz0.3g
Orange Juice1/2 C1g
White Sugar1 C0g
Resource information for this page:
Nutrition during Pregnancy and Lactation from California Department of Health,
Husband-Coached Childbirth by Robert Bradley, M.D., Marjie Hathaway, Jay Hathaway, James Hathaway
Nourishing Your Unborn Child by Phyllis Williams.
What every Pregnant Woman Should Know by Gail Brewer.
Composition of Foods United States Department of Agriculture.
See the video Dr. Brewer's Pregnancy Nutrition Program with Tom Brewer, M.D.