Sprouts during pregnancy?

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Sprouts during pregnancy?

I was visiting with the integrative pedi about my children with autism....she seemed to think I needed some doctor advise and suggested I grow some sprouts (alfalfa, broccoli etc) and have a handful of sprouts with every meal. I bought a sprouter and it should arrive tomorrow with my organic 1lb bag of mixed seed. Of course...as with anything....there are mixed feelings about eating sprouts while pregnant. (just like drinking raw milk haha I do that too!) I think the benefits outweigh the concern (especially since I'll be growing my own) since they are full of enzymes, vitamins, minerals and lots of protein. What are your thoughts?

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Greens are the best way to get vitamins your body need to recover after birth. I took alfalfa and ate a lot of greens to prevent another hemorrhage for my homebirths. No hemorrhage, so I think it worked.

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I would probably feel better about it if growing my own. I didn't even think about that - I love to eat sprouts and have been really missing them. Isn't it that they can harbor bacteria or something? That's probably more likely when they've been harvested in large bunches and shipped I would guess...

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Well color me silly but I didn't even know you weren't supposed to eat them.

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"Mom2ThreeKiddos" wrote:

Well color me silly but I didn't even know you weren't supposed to eat them.

Me too! I've been buying mine from an organic local market here, so I'm not overly concerned... but geesh the things you learn! I also found out last week I can't have my favorite thai dish because of the amount of lemongrass in it! Thankfully the little old Thai lady that runs the place refused to let me order it because it was bad for babies Blum 3 Oh well... no Thai ... no sushi (at least not like normal)... no raw honey... no fun!

only a few more months... LOL

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"emommyof2" wrote:

Me too! I've been buying mine from an organic local market here, so I'm not overly concerned... but geesh the things you learn! I also found out last week I can't have my favorite thai dish because of the amount of lemongrass in it! Thankfully the little old Thai lady that runs the place refused to let me order it because it was bad for babies Blum 3 Oh well... no Thai ... no sushi (at least not like normal)... no raw honey... no fun!

only a few more months... LOL

Well crap, what's wrong with lemongrass when pregnant?! I love Thai and actually craved it with DS so I had a pretty hefty amount of lemongrass with him.

And I also had no idea you weren't supposed to eat sprouts. Geesh! I'm just going to put up a greenhouse and grow my own darn food from now on Smile

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"momW" wrote:

Well crap, what's wrong with lemongrass when pregnant?! I love Thai and actually craved it with DS so I had a pretty hefty amount of lemongrass with him.

And I also had no idea you weren't supposed to eat sprouts. Geesh! I'm just going to put up a greenhouse and grow my own darn food from now on Smile

Lemongrass should not be used in pregnancy because of uterine and menstrual flow stimulation. mostly during the first trimester it adds the risk of m/c and early in the last trimester because of pre-term labor or so I've been told by my midwife and little old thai ladies!

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No raw honey? why not? I ate it throughout my entire pregnancy.

I ate sprouts without any issues, I typically bought local organic ones, but will admit to having some on sandwiches & salads from different restaurants and I have no clue where they source there foods in most cases.

I also ate raw milk cheeses and soft cheeses. I don't follow directions well I guess.

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LOL, yep I ate all the big no-no's with both pregnancies. They both made it here & so far so good!

Yum, growing sprouts sounds great! I'd be game during pregnancy. I'm on the side of more benefit than harm.

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I would think that if you grow your own it's probably fine.

I definitely ate some of the "no-no's" with my first pregnancy, and I'm sure this one won't be different. I think if you use common sense and make sure you're buying good quality food from places you trust, everything will be fine.

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"faeriecurls" wrote:

No raw honey? why not? I ate it throughout my entire pregnancy.

I ate sprouts without any issues, I typically bought local organic ones, but will admit to having some on sandwiches & salads from different restaurants and I have no clue where they source there foods in most cases.

I also ate raw milk cheeses and soft cheeses. I don't follow directions well I guess.

I was bummed about this since I buy my raw honey from a local farm and its AWESOME! but unlike most "no no's" this one is not a sourcing issue but an actual chemical one because of a natural botulism found in unpasteurized honey, it presents a severe risk in unborn and under one year old children. Once the baby is born however there is no risk of it being passed through breast milk so I'm told so I'll be back with my unpasteurized honey then. But no honey for baby's under one as the risk is too high.

I totally sneak out for sushi while pregnant because that as far as I see it is something I can do! I limit the mercury laden fish, and I go to a chef I know and trust to have quality fish so I won't get sick. I may not go as often as before, but I won't give up my sushi Blum 3

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Sounds like we're all "rule breakers!" Blum 3 I'd never heard the sprout thing before....(never heard the honey one either) I'm excited to grow my own sprouts...and honestly I too agree the benefits outweigh the concerns....Glad I'm not alone being a renegade though! Blum 3

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"emommyof2" wrote:

I was bummed about this since I buy my raw honey from a local farm and its AWESOME! but unlike most "no no's" this one is not a sourcing issue but an actual chemical one because of a natural botulism found in unpasteurized honey, it presents a severe risk in unborn and under one year old children. Once the baby is born however there is no risk of it being passed through breast milk so I'm told so I'll be back with my unpasteurized honey then. But no honey for baby's under one as the risk is too high.

I totally sneak out for sushi while pregnant because that as far as I see it is something I can do! I limit the mercury laden fish, and I go to a chef I know and trust to have quality fish so I won't get sick. I may not go as often as before, but I won't give up my sushi Blum 3

My pediatrician told us not to let DD have it until after her 2nd birthday. Maybe he was being extra cautious? That is one rule that I didn't break. But I also love the local, raw honey!