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#1 Old 03-17-2008, 09:46 AM
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I was curious if anyone here has eaten raw during a pregnancy? Also, if you have, about what percentage were you eating at?



I'm currently vegan, and from time to time eat raw as a detox. But I've decided that I want to step it up and get to the point of being at least 80% or so raw, gradually of course. And perhaps eventually be fruitarian, but that's a whole other thread! I'm just curious about how it is being raw while pregnant as well as breastfeeding as I'm a little over three months pregnant with my second right now.



Thanks so much to anyone who can help





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Also wanted to add that I did raw for a few months a few years back, so this isn't my first time doing this other than the detoxing.



EDIT 2:

After some comments I realized that I didn't make myself clear with my question. I was wondering more about how people's bodies reacted and how they felt being raw while pregnant, rather than if they think it's a wise choice. I wouldn't do 100% raw personally during pregnancy because of the worry of getting the right nutrients, but I was wondering about people's personal experiences .
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#2 Old 03-17-2008, 03:55 PM
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No personal experience, but I know that Jinjee at http://www.thegardendiet.com has written about her experiences with two raw pregnancies. There's a ($10) ebook they sell about it. I can't comment on how informative it is though.
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I'd strongly strongly suggest (request even? for the baby's sake) you talk to a nutritionist about that. As I'm sure you know a raw diet does make certain nutrients difficult to aquire... my professors have only ever ridiculed the raw diet and while I'm sure they're just being overcritical and closed-minded, it does make me wary of jumping in without some sort of guidance... after all, you want your baby to have the best right?



Not saying its not possible, just saying to talk to someone who can tell you what to watch for etc. Good luck and congrats!
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#4 Old 03-19-2008, 02:28 PM
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I'd strongly strongly suggest (request even? for the baby's sake) you talk to a nutritionist about that. As I'm sure you know a raw diet does make certain nutrients difficult to aquire... my professors have only ever ridiculed the raw diet and while I'm sure they're just being overcritical and closed-minded, it does make me wary of jumping in without some sort of guidance... after all, you want your baby to have the best right?



Not saying its not possible, just saying to talk to someone who can tell you what to watch for etc. Good luck and congrats!

I'm actually a certified nutrition specialist . I should have made it clear that I was meaning more of how did they FEEL being pregnant while raw rather than nutrients. As in did they feel better, worse, the same...

I'm not going to go fully raw during pregnancy as I would worry about nutrients, I just want to hear about people's personal experiences
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No personal experience, but I know that Jinjee at http://www.thegardendiet.com has written about her experiences with two raw pregnancies. There's a ($10) ebook they sell about it. I can't comment on how informative it is though.



I'll ask about the ebook on a few other raw forums and see what kind of responses I get. If they're positive or if no one has read it then I'll check it out to see how it is .
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I'll ask about the ebook on a few other raw forums and see what kind of responses I get. If they're positive or if no one has read it then I'll check it out to see how it is .



I'm not very positive about the solution of raw food. Crudisme is a greater experience if you want to clean your body and you have the possibility to get raw gods of good quality.

What do you smashed dry beans during your pregnancy all the time?

Me, I've been macrobiotic for many years, and I like vegan choices, as long as they eat tofu, seitan and tempeh. They all are cooked product.

If you live in a place without car pollution and so, than it should be possible to bring the pregnancy to a good end, but u need to eat carrots and other radish EVERY day
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I ate 50/50 raw during the end of my pregnancy. I felt MUCH better than the first 5-6 months of my pregnancy.



I started out gorging myself on horrible things when I became pregnant. I had cravings for anything cheesy. I would go out and order the worst possible choices. Cheese sticks or jalapeno poppers were included with almost every meal I ate, and ranch sauce to top it all off. I felt miserable and gained 80 pounds over my pregnancy. I went from 95 to 175. It was BAD!!



During the last few months of my pregnancy, I decided I needed to STOP. I cut the dairy back out of my diet and started eating a lot more raw foods. I felt more energized and lost a little bit of the weight. (Not even close to as much as I wanted to lose, but I didn't feel it safe to diet while pregnant.) I'd definately suggest eating mostly raw while pregnant if you have the will power.



Right now I'm eating about 80% raw. I still eat cooked dinners and eat out on occasion. I've been trying to stick with eating at Ruby Tuesdays and other places that offer salad bars when we go out to eat.
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This is an article I read that inspired me to go as raw as I could while pregnant. http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawpregnancy.html
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i think that it can be a healthy, effective pregnancy diet for some people. personally, i'm probably about 70% raw foods (lots of raw fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, and raw dairy, but technically that 'doesn't count' in the raw vegan category). i do eat some cooked foods--beans, some steamed veg, soups.



i really feel that, in pregnancy, you have to eat what feels right. i have done this every step of the way and not had any problems, i'm gaining weight in a normal, healthy way, and everything is going great.



i'm due in august, so i guess we'll know more when i see the kiddo.
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i think that it can be a healthy, effective pregnancy diet for some people. personally, i'm probably about 70% raw foods (lots of raw fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, and raw dairy, but technically that 'doesn't count' in the raw vegan category). i do eat some cooked foods--beans, some steamed veg, soups.



i really feel that, in pregnancy, you have to eat what feels right. i have done this every step of the way and not had any problems, i'm gaining weight in a normal, healthy way, and everything is going great.



i'm due in august, so i guess we'll know more when i see the kiddo.



you sound positive, and I don't think you'll have big problems for the rest of your pregnancy and neither cause problems to us, that in a way we're involved in somebody's craziness to keep on a pregnancy without a sufficient knowledge. After all, kids, once they are born they belong to the world and not only to the parents .. unless those are so rich to be able to keep the others out of influence
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i think that it can be a healthy, effective pregnancy diet for some people. personally, i'm probably about 70% raw foods (lots of raw fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted beans, and raw dairy, but technically that 'doesn't count' in the raw vegan category). i do eat some cooked foods--beans, some steamed veg, soups.



i really feel that, in pregnancy, you have to eat what feels right. i have done this every step of the way and not had any problems, i'm gaining weight in a normal, healthy way, and everything is going great.



i'm due in august, so i guess we'll know more when i see the kiddo.





I didn't know you were pregnant! I remember back in the day on VB you said you didnt want kids, but I guess you changed your mind.



Anyway, congratulations!
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actually, i said i wasn't sure if i wanted kids, and i also said that i would be happy without children as well.



but we did decide, afteall, to have children. and now i'm 18 weeks along.
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