Our class last night was about Nutrition in Pregnancy. The Bradley Method® teaches students to follow The Brewer Diet, a high-protein, whole food diet, developed by Dr. Brewer to reduce pre-eclampsia.
As part of the “diet”, Dr. Brewer taught that a mother should be drinking to thirst. Well, now we know that “drinking to thirst” is not quite accurate. Thirst is a late signal that the body is dehydrated. We need to be drinking enough so that we never feel thirsty. Here is a good rule of thumb – take your weight in pounds, divide by 2, and that is the number of ounces of water you should be drinking every single day.
Here are two more herbal therapies we used in
preparation for our homebirth. As I
commented in myfirst post
about the things we did differently as a result of our choice to have a homebirth, I have no idea why these are not more widely used
in pregnancy. The only idea that has occured
to me since then is that since these are not pharmaceuticals, there is no money to be made
from promoting them.
Herbs have been used as “medicine” for countless years. As such, I must put on my Bradley® instructor
hat here and say that these worked for our family; each family must do their
own research and decide if any of these herbal therapies are suitable for them.