Man puts pregnant wife on ‘bland’ diet so she’ll lose weight after giving birth
A man is being slammed online after confessing he’d put his wife on a bland vegan diet during her pregnancy so that she’ll ‘lose water weight’ following the birth
It’s no secret that how women treat their bodies during pregnancy is incredibly important, from the foods they consume to the way in which they sleep in bed. It’s all a bit of a minefield, to be honest.
But, while everyone wants to ensure the pregnant women in their lives are living as healthily and peacefully as possible, one man has come under fire after revealing he’d put his expecting wife on a diet.
The man, who works as a nutritionist, said his wife is five months pregnant, and is suffering with extreme sickness and nausea, so his mum has moved in with them temporarily to care for his wife.
“She’s being made to eat only green leafy vegetables, other veggies, rice, Indian flatbread, lentils and curd. My mum makes bland food for her since she’s unable to keep anything down and she’s also very strict about my wife not eating too much oil, sweets, junk etc,” the man explained on Reddit’s Am I The A**hole forum.
He went on to say that he still cooks meals containing meat, eggs and spices for himself and his mum, while his mum takes care of the chores in the household.
However, things recently came to a head when the man’s wife told him she was fed up of eating plain, bland food and asked if he would join her in her regimental diet so she doesn’t feel alone during her pregnancy.
“I refused because I prefer animal protein over plant protein. I however told her that I’d stop eating junk foods, sweets, etc,” the man added. “She is now mad at me and is saying that I’m selfish for not even sacrificing my current food habits for her.”
In the comments section, many people questioned who advised him that his wife should only be eating bland foods, to which he said the purpose of the diet was to help her lose water weight following the birth.
“Usually Indians don’t give nursing women very spicy, sweet food as that apparently hinders water weight loss,” he explained. “They also tie a cloth tightly around the tummy after birth. Those are just Indian methods of carrying for nursing and pregnant women.”
It’s fair to say that people were not happy to learn the man was forcing his wife to stick to a bland diet in order to lose weight, with many Indian people commenting to say it’s not part of their culture.
“I’m literally desi. No one in my family does that. It’s super f***ed up that you police everything she eats like that,” one Reddit user commented.
Another added: “I’m literally in healthcare in Pakistan. People like you are the bane of every doctor here’s existence because we’re stuck explaining for hours to know it alls who think their myths are more correct than our five years of med-school.
“They don’t care how much they’re hurting their pregnant wives because ‘ammi jee ne kaha tha’ (mummy said so.)”