Dr. Tom Brewer, an obstetrician for over 30 years in USA has certain recommendations for pregnant women.
Some women go on a diet while pregnant to avoid gaining too much weight. This is a dangerous practice that Dr. Tom Brewer did not approve of because of the many dangers traditional diets pose to both the mother and child during pregnancy. The Tom Brewer pregnancy diet is an alternative for women looking to diet during pregnancy. Brewer based his diet on over three decades of experience as an obstetrician. Speak to a medical professional before starting any diet during pregnancy.
According to Brewer, those of you who live North of the equator and are entering a season of hot and humid weather and increased outdoor activity, please be aware that the extra loss of salt and fluids (through sweat) and the extra burning of calories can trigger a falling blood volume with a resulting rising BP, and other pre-eclampsia symptoms.
For those of you who live South of the equator and are entering the cold winter season, please be aware that many homes and work environments are over-heated (with very dry air) and may cause you to lose salt and fluids in the same way as hot weather does. And shoveling snow or working out in a gym burns extra calories. These losses might also lead to a falling blood volume, and its accompanying complications, just as the summer heat and activity can.
So please be watchful and care for your personally unique needs for salt and fluids, as well as your unique needs for calories and protein. This diet recommends that you consume the same amounts of fat, protein and carbohydrate through the selection of different choices of foods from the food groups. Specific daily dietary recommendations include 4 cups of cheese or milk, 2 eggs, 80 to 120 g of protein including two 6 oz. servings of animal protein. Additionally, consume 3 tbsp. of fats such as oils or butter, one to two servings of food containing vitamin C such as broccoli or citrus, four serving of whole grains and two servings of leafy greens.
Over the course of your pregnancy, your blood volume can increase by up to 60 percent, according to "Brewer Medical Diet for Normal and High Risk Pregnancy." If your blood volume does not sufficiently increase, complications can arise that may jeopardise the pregnancy. In order to increase the blood volume, your body requires a minimum amount of calories daily. Calorie restriction of any kind can force your body to use your stored protein and fats to meet your minimum caloric requirements.