"Vegan Pregnancies and Homebirths are Dangerous, C-Sections are Normal" Misguided Fear in Prenatal Care USA

Update: Before watching the video about ‘vegan pregnancies’ I just wanted to say that if my work has benefited you, or you have enjoyed watching my health advice over the past few years, I’m wondering if you can return a favor. My fellowship to pursue critical race and critical vegan studies at the doctoral level was not renewed for 2011-2012, through University of California, Davis. I would like to finish my PhD and need some help. I know the goal may seem overwhelming, but I have about a combined support network/friends/followers of 1000 people (through Facebook, blog subscribers, and Twitter followers). If you could spare $10 to $25 a piece, then this goal could be met I think.

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In this video, I share information about doing a plant-based dietary pregnancy, opting to do a homebirth with a midwife, and reflecting on how in the West, allopathic medicine has determined that pregnancy is, “always an emergency waiting to happen.”

Foods To Eat

  • Quinoa
  • Chia SeedsThey are incredibly rich in calcium. You get 344mg of Calcium for 2 ounces. Always soak your chia seeds for at least ten minutes before eating them. I put them in my smoothies sometimes. 2 tbsp gives you 42% of required fiber for the day. And this is an excellent source for EFAs and has a 4:1 ration of omega 3:Omega 6. profile.
  • Tempeh
  • 1 Gallon of water a day
  • Coconut water if you feel water isn’t enough to hydrate you or replace electrolytes. Coconut water is the perfect isotonic beverage; especially to drink first thing in the morning if you wake up feeling dehydrated and also great to drink id you are working out or right after.
  • Greens, greens, greens: Kale, mustard greens, okra, collards, chard. Kale is my favorite I have heard spinach should be avoided but can’t verify this.
  • Legumes
  • Whole Grains
  • Wildwood Plain Soy Yogurt brand (only one in the USA that doesn’t add sugar and is organic)
  • I make most of my baked goods from whole grains and sweeten them with apple juice, banana, or fresh pineapple or fresh dates.
  • Walnuts are a very healthy nut with great oil. Almonds are great and so are sesame seeds (I eat them in the form of tahini)
  • Papaya (have heard to avoid during 1st trimester, but not sure why)

This list is not nearly as extensive as I would like it to be, as there are many foods to eat, but I’m just going to say it straight up: AVOID THE SHIT if you can. Junk food, highly processed crap that has NO nutritional value at all. I know it’s hard when you have those cravings and I admit that I still eat french fries in moderation, but it really is best to try to avoid eating refined flour, refined salt, processed refined sugar products. Your meals should be whole grainy, high protein, and very colorful. And I can’t emphasize enough, those greens! Kale is exceptional for calcium. Okra is exceptional for childbirth prep and is very amazing. Whole grains will keep you regular. I  POOP 3 TIMES A DAY DURING PREGNANCY. They tell you constipation is ‘normal’, but it is not.

Hugs and baby blessings,

Breeze

I am not a doctor or practitioner of medicine. Please consult your doctor before attempting any of these suggestions. This is what worked for me, as each person is different.

0 thoughts on “"Vegan Pregnancies and Homebirths are Dangerous, C-Sections are Normal" Misguided Fear in Prenatal Care USA

  1. thanks for this post, breeze! you shared some of your vegan pregnancy recipes/tips before but this list is pretty comprehensive! also, i’m very excited about the algaecal! please share more about how approached feeding sun- first foods, recipes, etc. thanks!

  2. Hi Breeze,
    thank you for this video:)
    I’m just curious to know how long it took for you to see results concerning your eczema+ nettle tea?
    I have hay fever and eczema both occurring at the same time and I’m beginning to incorporate more nettle tea into my diet, plus reading more literature about herbal remedies.
    Anouck

    1. Anouck, I think within a month or two. I really can’t remember. I advise using nettle leaf powder. I drink it two tothree times a day. I simmer 1/2 tablespoon of nettles in 12 oz of water for about 2 minutes, then let it sit for 15 minutes and drink the WHOLE thing. Stir and drink, as the nettle powder drops to the bottom. I do this 2-3 times per day. I order it from here http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/bulkherb/n.html . Scroll down and find nettle leaf powder. MAKE SURE IT IS NETTLE LEAF POWDER, NOT ROOT.

      1. Is there a difference between using dried nettle leaves and the powder?
        Unfortunately I can’t order via mountainroseherbs.com because I live in Europe. I have trouble though finding a RELIABLE retailer for most not so common herbs in the Germany/Austria region.

    2. Anouck,

      There isn’t a different between leaves and powder. The powder is just the pulverized leaves. I prefer it because I want to eat the whole thing for all the nutrition in it. For some reason, I just find that it helps me better than making a tea out of strained nettle leaves.

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