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Thank you, Dr. Brewer!

Over the years, many mothers have written to Dr. Brewer telling him how much they appreciate his personal assistance, and how they have experienced their healthiest pregnancies ever while using his diet. We have published a few of those letters here.  If you would like to add your story, we would love to include it on the website. Just scroll to the end and leave a comment.

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Please Note: Comments are always held for moderation. This website is a tribute to Dr. Brewer's lifetime of selfless effort to improve maternity care for women, and is intended to assist women who desire a healthier pregnancy through good nutrition. Only comments which are in accordance with the goals of this website will be approved. Thank you for understanding. :)

18 Responses to “Thank you, Dr. Brewer!”

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    Heather D. Says:

    I wanted to let you know how pleased I was with my pregnancies, thanks in many parts to the Brewer Diet. I was instructed on the Brewer Diet in Bradley Childbirth Classes when I was pregnant with my first son, who is now 15 years old. I strived for 90 grams of protein each day, and usually made it. I found I filled up well on nutritious foods and never felt deprived or hungry.

    I continued to use the Brewer diet during my next pregnancies and had continued success.

    My weight gain was about 30-40 pounds with each of my babies, and felt terrific. My babies birthweights were, in order: 8#14 ounces, 9#10 ounces, 10#8 ounces and 10#6 ounces. (first born by ceserean, last three natural)

    Due to the large size of my babies (I am not a very big person) my doctors were concerned that I had developed gestational diabetes. Regular blood work assured them that I was perfectly healthy: there was nothing wrong with neither myself nor my babies. Five years after the birth of my last baby, I am still fine, no symptoms of diabetes.

    I truly believe my healthy pregnancies, healthy babies, and fulfilling postpartum periods are direct results of the Brewer Diet.

    Sincerely,
    Heather D
    Marietta Ohio

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    Jessica Mallard Says:

    I am sold! I had a baby boy in 1996, born 12 days before his due date. He was 6 lbs 13 oz and I had gained 50 pounds trying to eat the “right” way (”Best Odds” Diet). I had a couple of yeast infections, UTIs, and severe cervical irritation and bleeding which made labor truly unbearable.

    With my brand new baby girl, I went 3 more days into my pregnancy this time. I gained 25 pounds and it was literally gone by the time I got home two days after delivery. I had zero health problems this time and had a natural childbirth. My daughter weighed 7 lbs 7 ozs, quite a bit more than my son. I had a third degree tear with my son (first pregnancy) and a 1/2 inch 1st degree tear this time. I felt so good during this pregnancy and people always commented on how healthy I looked.

    I credit the Brewer diet with all of these positive changes.

    Jessica Mallard

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    Angela Says:

    When I was pregnant with my first baby, in 1998, my midwives suggested a Brewer diet. I followed it, and found it easy to do so! I, at their recommendation, consumed a minimum of 100 grams of protein a day. I was “overweight” going into the pregnancy and gained about 40 pounds from conception to delivery (only 10 of which were remaining after she was born) .

    I felt wonderful during my pregnancy! My mother couldn’t believe that someone could really do as well pregnant as I was! I had one day of swelling, in the hot Texas summer. My daughter was born at 42 weeks, in the midst of a several week stretch of 110 + degree temperatures, so this was particularly note-worthy!

    Unfortunately, my blue ribbon baby grew to 10 lb 4 oz, which alarmed my providors. The “rountine” ultrasound at 42 weeks showed a “very big” baby, which they took very hard. I suppose it’s understandable if you put much stock in u/s estimates–she weight guess was 13 lbs. At any rate, my home birth dream when up into ultrasound smoke and my care was transferred to an ob, who refused even a TOL. So, my blue ribbon baby was born very healthy early the next morning.

    The best part of my Brewer success story begins here. My mother was surprised at the way I handled pregnancy, but she was downright stunned (and remains so, 5 years later) at my recovery from surgery. I requested to come home from the hospital the day after my operation, and was “allowed” to. Once home, I climbed the stairs to my apartment, with no physical discomfort. By far, my discomfort in settling into a nursing relationship lasted longer (a week) than my post-op pain. (that is not to say it was easy at first–the first 24 hours were very hard.)

    As soon as I went home, I switched to Tylenol, basically for nipple soreness, not c-section pain. I physically healed quickly. I believe this is largely due to the Brewer diet and its benefit to my body. Now, if only Dr. Brewer could come up with a diet to so quickly heal the soul! ;-)

    When I had my vbac, everyone was concerned about my baby’s potential size, assuming the 2nd baby would be even larger. I was asked to follow an 1800 calorie diet with about 60 grams of protein. The result: my baby was indeed smaller (7 lb 11 oz), I gained less weight (total of 9 lbs) and my healing was slow. I did not feel as good in my pregnancy, though I still did not struggle with any signs of toxemia.

    In my next pregnancy, I hope to be able to again benefit from the principles of Dr. Brewer’s nutritional advice! (not to mention, I am still dreaming of a home birth!)

    Thank you for the work you are doing to help expectant mothers!

    Angela

    in Ruther Glen, VA

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    Jenny Hatch Says:

    The Brewer diet is the most sound diet for pregnant women. As I have educated myself over the years and implemented the principles outlined in the Brewer Pregnancy Hotline book, each of my pregnancies has become healthier, and each of my babies has been more hardy and beautiful than the last. This is generally the opposite of what most women experience.

    My first pregnancy was complicated by terrible skin problems, allergies, asthma, and I had a root canal during my second trimester. All of these health problems have deficiency connections.

    My recent son, born eight months ago, has never been sick. I have experienced no breast infections, and we enjoyed an uncomplicated six hour labor, a quiet unasissted home birth of a nine and a half pound son, and a postitive nursing relationship. I followed the Brewer diet perfectly during his gestation.

    This is a far cry from the nursing nightmare I had after my first baby, accompanied by horrible post partum emotional illness. I didn’t have enough knowledge, the proper skills, or the willpower to nourish my body the way I needed too.

    I wish every new mother could be educated in the principles outlined in this book. It would revolutionize our society!

    Jenny Hatch

    http://www.naturalfamilyco.com

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    Karen in VT Says:

    I used the Brewer diet, (well, I just couldn’t make myself choke down liver) and my daughter is now 7 years old and she is brilliant. That is not just proud mama saying that. She skipped first grade at the recommendation of our local public school, and is at the top of the second grade class. I believe that optimum nutrition during pregnancy, followed by breastfeeding, allowed her to develop to her full potential.

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    D. Preston Says:

    I have suffered from severe headaches for years, atleast five days a week.When I became pregnant with my fourth child, I tried to suffer through them but resorted to taking pain medication for many of them. I tried massage, chiropractic, essential oils, rest, lots of water; none of these provided much relief.

    I then began the Brewer’s Diet and my headaches ceased that day! I did not have another headache while on that diet. I am so appreciative of Dr. Brewer’s work!

    D. Preston, Moses Lake, Washington

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    Brandy M. Says:

    My first pregnancy I was young and trusted my old-fashioned doctor. I did no research, just followed his instructions. I ended up with pre-eclampsia - complete with the high blood pressure and severe pitting edema, a failed induction, and a c-section.

    My second pregnancy I did research and came across Dr. Brewer’s book (fabulous! - I recommend it to any pregnant woman). My doctor didn’t believe diet had anything to do with it, had not heard of the Brewer Diet, and refused to look into it. He told me I had a greater than 50% chance of getting it again based on my history and was not hopeful of a VBAC. I dumped him and found someone more compatible with my beliefs. I was unable to follow the diet to the letter (financial constraints), but I made sure that I ate the minimum daily eggs & milk, I drank to thirst, salted to taste, and my protein intake was always above 80 grams, usually well above 100 grams. I had only minimal normal pregnancy swelling at the end of my pregnancy, my blood pressure remained under control, and I had a successful VBAC.

    Never doubt the power of nutrition!

    Brandy M. of Anchorage, AK

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    Ellen H. Says:

    I am a Bradley teacher who has been recommending the Brewer Diet for four years. I have taught about 45 pregnant women and their partners, encouraging them to eat 80-100 grams of protein a day, and not a single one has developed pre-eclampsia. After reading Dr. Brewer’s book and the Harvard study that replicated his results, I am convinced that protein is the key to avoiding pre-eclampsia.

    Ellen H., Canaan, New York

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    Jakob Says:

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title Thank you, Dr. Brewer!. Thanks for informative article

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    epeterso Says:

    Thank you Dr. Brewer! I’ve had three healthy pregnancies in 5 years and three uncomplicated births (two unassisted at home) on the Brewer Diet. Nurses in the hospital where I birthed my first daughter told me she was the healthiest baby they’d ever seen. I gained only 20 pounds with each pregnancy and was 280 at my first birth and 260 for the second two. Even though I am a regular meat, cheese, egg, and milk eater, I still found eating the full 100 gr of protein a day challenging, so I used a simple chart on the fridge to make sure that I got what I needed each week — when I ate something I just checked its box on the chart. I recommend this to any mom. I can’t thank Dr. Brewer enough for his work and for sticking to his guns when the world stood against him.

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    Yeast Infection During Pregnancy Says:

    This is awesome! During my pregnancy, i suffered relentless yeast infections. I’m so glad I found this diet plan to show me a healthy way to avoid such pitfalls. Great info, great insight, great job!

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    Patty Says:

    My first pregnancy, I made a feeble attempt at the brewer diet, and only began it about halfway through my pregnancy. I was working on my feet at a coffee shop and walking to the bus to get to work: I was expending a lot of calories. And I was often living off the “mark-outs” at the coffee shop — day old pastries, mainly. I was not checking off anything on a daily basis. And obviously, I was consuming caffeine.

    We moved when I was 8 months pregnant, and I think that was the last straw for my body. A couple of weeks later I was put on bed rest to keep my blood pressure under control, and a few days after that, I was sent to the hospital for a non-stress test. My results were normal, so I was allowed to return home, and my body went into labor naturally a couple of days later. I delivered a 6′13″ baby 10 days early who was a frantic nurser, and we had months of nursing difficulties.

    My second pregnancy, I was determined not to feel horrible the whole time. I consumed copious amounts of salt (as my wonderful doctor assured me was ok to do — though I salted my foods the first time around, I don’t think I really gave myself permission to listen to my taste for it). I know I didn’t always get all the vegetable requirements checked off and I probably ate too many carbs, but I know I nearly always got the required amounts of milk, eggs, and protein (usually meat). Around 15 or 20 weeks, I noticed that I was beginning to have heart palpitations or a raised heart rate that would continue long after any exertion had ceased, so my doctor and I determined that I should cut out caffeine (still had to have my decaf, though!) and that seemed to be the answer to that problem.

    My blood pressure was always good. My urine tests were always acceptable. My swelling was not excessive, and whenever it started to frighten me, I made sure to get more salt (taking it by the half-teaspoonful if necessary) and that would take care of it. I was active throughout my entire pregnancy, although I rested often and whenever I felt I needed too: I did not push myself.

    On my due date, I was enormous, but I walked around a nearby conservatory with my husband and toddler. (My response to “When are you due?” elicited plenty of surprise.) My baby came four days late and was 8′12″ and a fantastic, contented nurser.

    Though I believe babies’ temperments have plenty to do with their personalities outside of the womb, I am sure that my relaxed state and good diet were some help to my second baby. And I KNOW that my wonderful second pregnancy is attributed to my salt intake and my diet. Thank you Dr. Brewer (and my doctor, Dr. Rosi)!!

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    Sharon Johnson Says:

    I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes with my first child. My doctor sent me to a nutritionist to decide on a diet that would work for me. I did not realise it then, but that nutritionist put me on the Brewer Diet! It worked so well that I had no further sugar level issues. I decided to go by memory and eat the same way during my second pregancy. I was told I always had good sugar levels then. By my 4th pregancy, sadly, I had become cocky and lazy and forgetful of how much the diet helped in the past. From the 32 week, I was troubled with threats of early labor which would have happened if a midwife friend had not sugested an herb to help keep the baby in. She also suggested the Brewer Diet, but I was skeptical. Somehow I never made the connection that I had follwed the Brewer Diet successfully already. My fifth pregnancy was a nightmare that ended with a scary trip to the doctor’s office with a sudden blood pressure of 201/100 and a diagnosis that soon became eclampsia. After a series of seizures culminated in a 6 minute grand mal sesiezure, I was induced. I was 26 weeks and 3 days gestation. 112 days later, our son, Daniel, died of Biliary Atresia. I am convinced that this deformity could have also been changed if I had eaten better. I got busy with four active kids and I ate mostly noodles with sauce. This story does not end with a sad note, though. One month after our son died, we became pregant again. Over 35 and with a history of GDM and eclampsia, I was considered very high risk at that point. I remembered the things my midwife friend had told me so I decided to research Dr. Brewer’s diet. I found that it was so similar to how I had eaten back when I was younger and healthier. I immediately began eating the way Dr. Brewer suggested. I also tested my own blood pressure at various times throughout the days. Still a skeptic at heart, I tried a couple times to drift off the Brewer diet. Each time I did that, my blood pressure shot up! Scared into belief, I kept to the diet from that point forward. My bp stayed at amazing numbers. I averaged 72/66. That was my healthiest pregnancy by far! I felt wonderful and my bp stayed at beautiful numbers. I tested my own sugars at home to avoid the sugar shocking at the office and all my numbers were wonderful. Best of all, at 37 weeks and 3 days, I gave birth to a beautiful boy at home! Matthew was somewhere over 8 pounds (we did not weigh him for day because we just wanted to hold him)and so healthy. I continue to have no problems with diabetes or blood pressure now almost five years later. This is a late thanks but a well-deserved one. I am thankful that Dr. Brewer endured skeptics and unknowing souls like me to get the word out that good nutrition is the base of miracles! Thank you a thousand times over! Thank you for putting yourselves on the line to speak the simple but unbelieved truth. I will now shout the truth with the other midwives and mothers who know! I want to be in the revolution that is trying to help mothers learn what it took far too much agony for me to learn.
    Sharon in KS

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    Jennifer B. Says:

    I just want to say what a great help following Dr. Brewer’s diet has been for me in my two pregnancies. For my first child, I ate at least 80 grams of protein every single day and a had a healthy 8lb 10oz baby. For my second pregnancy, I ended up with twins. I attended local mothers of multiples meeting, and I the typical story was of pre-term, sickly babies, bed-rest in pregnancy, low birthweights, delayed development, ect. I was determined that this would not be my story. From when I found out about the twins, about 16 weeks, I followed the Brewster diet for multiples, paying special attention to protein requirements, and making certain that I had at least 120-150 grams of protein each day. I had to eat many small snacks throughout the day to consume that large volume of food, and ended many a day licking peanut butter off a spoon, just to make sure I had all the protein I needed. It definitely paid off-I remained healthy and active-I even kept working at my desk job until I was at 30 weeks. I continued to go for walks and run errands until the very end of my pregnancy. I ended up carrying the twins until 37 weeks! They weighed in at 6lb 0oz and 5 lb 8 oz. They were perfectly healthy, no complications, no troubles nursing, and they went home the same time as me.

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    Helen Says:

    I am a Lactation Consultant. I direct women to this website regularly, and my grown children promote the Brewer Diet to their friends (and sometimes to perfect strangers). I have seen first hand how even beginning to follow the diet later in a pregnancy can normalize blood pressure, reduce edema, and improve the overall health of the mother. The results speak for themselves.

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    sue Says:

    I just found your blog on the google search engine and saw a few of your other posts that you had done . I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the great work. i will Look forward to reading more from you again.

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    Emily Says:

    Can you provide more information on this? i have read other websites that are on similar subjects.

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    Ava Says:

    I just found your blog on the google search engine and saw a few of your other posts that you had done . I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the great work. i will Look forward to reading more from you again.

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