I just saw the movie Forks over Knives which had a really strong effect on me. I am in my 4th month of pregnancy and have been drinking milk every day because my mother in law told me that my teeth would be particularly susceptible to damage if I didn't drink milk and get the extra calcium.
What is the general recommendation for pregnant women and diet? I read through this board and see that many people don't take prenatal vitamins. I haven't done the reading (yet), as I just saw the film, but I'm wondering why pregnant women shouldn't take prenatal vitamins (I've been told by doctors, and really everyone, I should be taking them). Additionally, is there harm in drinking milk while pregnant?
Thanks so much for your help
Theres more harm in drinking milk while pregnant then could ever come from not drinking it. There are thousands if not millions of women all over the world who drink no milk and have no issues stemming from it.
I drank no milk with two of my 3 pregnancies. My first pregnancy I drank a gallon of milk per week and ate loads of other dairy because I was worried about the protein as I wasnt able to eat any meat (it came up immediately) I gained 65+ pounds.
My next pregnancy I ate McDougall and gained 10 pounds total.
My third pregnancy I also ate McDougall but I also nursed my second child through the whole pregnancy. I gave birth to a 9lb 4 ounce baby. The RD who came to my room after the birth tried to make me understand that my children would suffer for my lack of milk (she didnt know about my nursing while pregnant and my very large baby girl until after she told me all that could go wrong).
There are no required foods only nutrients. You can get plenty of calcium via a starch based diet. Your body will store more calcium eating a lower protein diet than eating one that contains dairy. You have a better chance of losing calcium because eating dairy/meat leaches calcium from your bones to help make your body more alkaline as it doesnt like to be acidic at all.
My children eat little to no dairy and they are all tall for their ages. And with just normal childhood activity they are all muscular and strong. And with the exception of the first year in public school, they dont get sick like their counterparts who eats loads of meat and dairy. They eat lots of fruits/veggies and whole grains and other starches. And just like any other kid, they complain they dont like veggies, but they eat it all up anyway.
You can always email DR. M if you are really concerned or your questions werent answered well enough. But really, milk is not needed.