Raw Pregnancy

At the moment I’m 37 weeks pregnant with my second child. For the past couple of months I’ve mainly been eating a raw diet which has made me feel soooooooooo much better.

Even though I’m running round after a 19 month old, I still most days feel energetic especially compared to my first pregnancy where I was constantly exhausted!

I’ve been doing a lot of research on being raw and going raw while pregnant and there are arguments both ways.  Some people say its worse to go raw then have all those detox symptoms affect the fetus, while others say, if you’re including more healthy raw food in your diet during pregnancy then that’s better for the fetus than continuing to eat toxic foods and then pass those toxins onto the fetus anyway.  On top of that, being raw means your body is getting so many more nutrients than it would if you continued to follow a standard cooked diet.

For me, I definitely agree with the latter.  As long as I’m not juice fasting or doing some really harsh detox then I think increasing raw food intake while pregnant, for me, is only a good thing.  And following my body, it feels a lot better for it.

I’ve also heard that some women who have been raw throughout their pregnancies have much easier births because of it.  I’m still having weird non food related pregnancy cravings though!  So we’ll see!

Would love to hear your thoughts below or any experience with it!?

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Emma Combes

Emma helps parents overcome the automatic negative reactions that are stopping them from parenting consciously and with love through her coaching practice. She also helps parents live the most awesome life in all areas, so they can know they were the best role model they could be for their children.

  • Rawsomechef

    Talk about giving birth .. to a wholesome new world!nnAt age 36, I was blessed to grow within my blossoming inner sanctum, my first and only child – Kaelin. nnNo ‘dead red’ as I choose to name it and them, since age 19, after too many years of childhood, forced to eat my “Shake and Bake” covered pork chops, that my dear mommy felt inclined to feed us all, for fear of ‘not enough protein. And, let’s not forget that deadly fried liver, excavated from the innards of some poor farm animal that I never had the chance to meet. “Gotta have your iron” – at least once a horrid week. Every day was filled with some sort of sordid leftover’s from some animal – killed for the supposed sake of children that would never starve. If anything, mis-create a mindless society of mass murderers!nnDropped ‘the dairy,’ way before I became one.nnNo drugs, did i believe in – until that taunting Doc came by to seduce me with not one, yet – 3 deathly epidural’s. Not even able to feel the pain of my baby’s huge bowling ball of a head, as it was pried through my teeny, tiny vaginal canal that I would not even want for force the Friendly Giant through through it rosy water.nnAlcohol was what I realized to be one of man-unkind’s many deadly sins. Thus, this was easy to drop, the minute I realized I was pregnant. Especially, living with an alcoholic, that I was soon to send packing, after he would give me a wee slap in the face and a kick in the legs – in front of my 3 month or so .. rising son. nnI already knew that I wanted to have a home birth, yet, made the joke that it would never happen .. since I might have to clean up my bedroom, first!nnThus, I was relegated to 34 hours of contractions, called “labour.” So what if our travail’s were spent in the hallowed halls or too often visited semi-private room at The Women’s Hospital in Vancouver, B.C After my female doc sagely suggested this option, when she was informed by me that I intended on having my baby in the warm water of the S. Pacific – possibly assisted by a small staff of playful Dolphin’s. nnI can have my dreams.nnYears later, I found out that same doc who many might have once seemed, somehow, sane, had left her profitable to die of cancer. Filled with drugs and no hope – glad she at least wanted to be at my side as i screamed obscenities and pooped out something other than baby. Well, they did tell me, “Just push .. like you are having a … ” So, I idid. Good thing i stopped listening to people in authority. At least, those dressed up as knowledgeable wizards of the whack, that only speak ‘quack.”nnGlad that I had already begun ‘cleaning up my act,’ my child was the ultimate gift and caused me to do more of my sacred ‘work’ – way the quicker. nnIt was when my child was 6, that we became vegan raw. We did miss that salmon sushi and over-boiled rice, for a while. We created healthy substitutes and our craving diminished and cleared. Becoming more inventive as man-made time prevailed. Adding up to the Gregorian calendar of over 8 years, now and forever raw.nnSo what, that age 8, the government took my child to a gay foster home and batardized him on Barfer King for 7 soul-depleting months of agonizing pain. It only took years, to fully rid his wee and toxic system of all the poisonous pus, oozing out The same secretions that are drunk by sleepy day-walker’s who still are not enough aware to know that they are drinking that same stuff .. when they sit down to their glass of milk, that mommy used to so lovingly feed them as a malnourished child. A beloved boy or girl fed the same lies that their precious parents were more than prone to swallow.nnClose to a decade ago, the public sector did not have the prized info that the highly valued internet, now dishes out, so deliciously. We were all warned it would all be about porn. Never did we realize ‘in our wildest dreams,’ that we would finally be able to own our power, with the dis-enfranchisement of lies that have lingered too lonely of a long and foul-breathed torrid time.nnWhere ‘ignorance is bliss,’ we have learned to hold our future in our own hands. To mold magic into what we envision beauty, truth and prosperity to so bountifully and beautifully be. nnAnd, the wondrously rawsome fact that some mothers choose to align themselves with all that is raw and real, as the life inside of thought-provoking them .. grows and glows. YES!!!nnCo-creating a conscious community,nnMOMMA knnp.s.nnIf there was ever a reason for a 51 year young Goddess to give birth, again – here I Am.nnNow, for that 2nd Immaculate Conception …

  • Priscilla

    Hi there! Thanks for this great post and sharing your experience! My name is Priscilla and I’m currently a student midwife- learning in the home birth setting. I’m particularly interested in nutrition as I believe that nutrition has the potential to prevent complications and promote optimal health for mom, baby, pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience. I am a huge advocate for a plant-based diet and have been vegan myself for years. I believe 100% that a woman can support a healthy pregnancy and ensure optimal development for herself and her baby by aspiring to eat as much raw, healthy plant based food as possible. A simple testament to this is the fact that so many other mammalian animals (herbivores) in the wild do this. They eat what is available: fruits, greens, berries, etc. Unfortunately, because this concept is rather extreme to many, I have not found many books or resources about supporting a raw pregnancy. I have looked at several blogs and websites of families who have done this. A simple google search brings these up. What are your favorite resources?

    • http://www.consciousmama.com Emma Combes @ Consciousmama

      Hi Priscilla,nnThanks for your comments! What your doing is great, and you’re right there is very little out there on raw pregnancy etc. There is a small amount regarding pregnancy mentioned in Shazzies book, ‘Evie’s Kitchen’. Its about her pregnancy and then raising her raw child. Other than that, I have looked on raw forums and seen what people were saying and generally seeing what my body felt good with. I was eating superfoods throughout my pregnancy too, cacao, maca, and sometimes hemp protein too! Hope this helps. Please let me know if you find any other great resources, I’d love to know!

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  • Pat Nicolson

     A very important topic and explained it in an excellent manner..Cheers to the blog for helping us out.

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