2013 Bumpie Best: Most Controversial Pregnancy News

Loni Jane Anthony

Welcome to our 2013 Bumpie Best countdown! We’re highlighting the most talked about, most stylish and most amazing new mom, pregnancy and fertility moments that have taken place over the past year. Wondering which celeb mama we most admired in 2013? Or which nursery trend was most loved by moms-to-be? Stay tuned, y’all! We’re rolling though the most defining moments the Year of the Snake brought us.

2013′s Most Controversial Pregnancy News Was…

An expectant mom’s fruits-only diet. Loni Jane Anthony made quite a splash when photos from her Instagram of her raw, plant-based diet went viral. At the time, Loni was 26 weeks pregnant and following the 80:10:10 Diet, which consists of 80 percent carbs, 10 percent fat and 10 percent proteins. In an interview she gave for News.com.au, Loni said that a typical morning starts with just 10 bananas, warm lemon water, half a watermelon and possibly a banana smoothie.

The diet, founded by raw foodist Dr. Douglas Graham, had many veteran moms and other pregnant women worried because they feared that Loni wasn’t getting the nutrition she needed to sustain herself, let alone her growing baby. Loni’s argument was that she lived by the diet for more than three years, so when she got pregnant, there was no reason to change what already worked for her. The diet, she said, saved her from the health issues that almost killed her.

Also in her interview, Loni said once every five months she treats herself with a drink (though not during her pregnancy).  She said, “[This diet] wasn’t for weight loss or for a quick fix. I was internally really sick; I was killing myself slowly. Some days, even on my Tumblr, the amount of questions I get asked is just insane. I’m like ‘why are people so interested in me? I’m just sitting here eating my bananas. I’m not anyone special.’”

The long and short of it? Medical professionals remind moms-to-be not to drastically alter their routines when they’re expecting, so if Loni’s been practicing this type of lifestyle for three years, it doesn’t make sense to make a huge change that would, no doubt, shock her system and be potentially harmful baby. Does that mean Loni’s diet is a must-try for every mom-to-be? No. Does it mean that it’s safe? No. Does it mean it’s sustainable? Not sure.

Do you think Loni’s diet is detrimental to her baby’s health? Read what other moms are saying here (and see photos of Loni’s food journey).

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