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  • #16
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    I didn't discover primal eating until I was well into my pregnancy but I can say I was one of those lucky ladies who had next to no morning sickness and my baby is a perfectly healthy one month old.

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    • #17
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      I am hoping PB gives me back the ability to have children....(and I think it will)


      Then I hope to have a primal pregnancy.

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      • #18
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        I am hoping PB gives me back the ability to have children....(and I think it will)


        Then I hope to have a primal pregnancy.

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        • #19
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          My last 2 pregnancies were more paleo,although #2 I did do fermented dairy and some gluten. On #3 I cut out all dairy and gluten - 100%. I was not 100% perfect though with other grains, sometimes I had some rice, in the first trimester I found it hard as I had lots of aversions, this was the first pregnancy I experienced that. I craved more carbs but generally kept that to fruit and sweet potatoes. I was super active until the last trimester, although didn't do a lot of official workouts. We have a few acres and I garden, so I spent a lot of time raking and digging and moving heavy things, helped butcher chickens a few times not to mention chasing 2 kids around. I looked the best this time.


          I gained the same weight as last time-35 pds. Started out at 117lbs at 5-4. I still have about 9 lbs to lose at 11 wks post partum. I have lost weight at the same rate w/ all my pregnancies, actually had gained 55 lbs with #1 but lost 40 in the first month and my diet was the worst then. I have been pretty strict paleo since before this one was born but the weight is still coming off at the same rate. With the other 2 it took until 4 months to lose the weight and then until 6-7 months to be the same size. At least this time I should be back to the same size by 4 months, instead of just the same weight.


          My recovery was pretty rough w/ #1, it took months to feel normal. With #2 it was immediate, I felt great. This time it was a bit slower-about 6 weeks to feel completely back to normal. I attribute that to slacking off on the activity the last trimester and my babe coming out funny w/ her hand by her face gouged me on the inside. I was back to our regular schedule by 1 week though- taking the kids to the library(by myself) and doing other activities.


          always have had tons of milk with all of them.

          Mama to 4, wife to my love

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          • #20
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            Oh, and other markers- my bp has always been great, it did go up a bit with #1, but still well below any markers. I also had a bit of feet swelling w/ #1, nothing concerning but had some nonetheless. This last pregnancy I had no swelling anywhere and most all my weight was right in my belly. Bp stayed low until the end about 90-100 /60

            Mama to 4, wife to my love

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            • #21
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              "Looking forward to hearing other people's experiences, and whether you bring up your little ones following the PB? "


              Yes we will be.

              Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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              • #22
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                i am definitely raising my kids paleo.

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                • #23
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                  I'd love to raise my child Primal but my family is not yet on board with me and it's going to be difficult. My yet-to-be-born child's paternal side strongly believes it's a sin to eat animals. My husband has started eating chicken and fish only recently. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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                  • #24
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                    Can anyone recommend favourite recipes for cooking ahead and freezing for after the little one arrives, or quick and easy dishes for those days where you really don't feel like cooking?

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                    • #25
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                      Any of you ladies find that you got pregnant pretty easily while primal? Ive heard on a couple websites that primal can make you much more fertile.


                      I guess the ladies who were not primal with #1

                      But were primal with #2?

                      Natural Selection: http://ichoosenaturalselection.wordpress.com

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                      • #26
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                        Athena, I became pregnant VERY easily. I had been worried that it would take a long time since before I used birth control my cycles were incredibly irregular (I might've had 3-4 periods in a year). Went primal in June, also off birth control in June, stopped "trying not to" (condoms) in Julyish, but still didn't do any more "trying" than normal (like no basal temperature chart, or mucus monitoring or any of that "hard work" let's-get-pregnant stuff) and conceived in October.

                        I was honestly really surprised. I thought it would take a while longer than that.

                        Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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                        • #27
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                          We'd been trying for sometime but w/o checking the ovulation period. The first time I used an ovulation kit and tried, I became pregnant right away.

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                          • #28
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                            i got pregnant three months to the day after major uterine surgery (myomectomy to remove a fibroid). i believed that it would easily be a year before i conceived, if at all.


                            i was pretty paleo a few months before the surgery (in preparation) and really made the transition in a big way (just ramping up the saturated fat content of my diet) post-surgery.


                            i believe the diet sped things up fertility-wise, because i am of an age where it starts getting hard to conceive even if you are pretty healthy by CW standards.

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                            • #29
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                              Thanks ladies! We aren't planning to have a little one yet, but im glad to hear so many people have had good luck !

                              Natural Selection: http://ichoosenaturalselection.wordpress.com

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                              • #30
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                                We did not want to get pregnant but we're very happy about it now. Actually timing-wise it was unlikely. The "suspect time" was pretty far from ovulation (I calculated at least 8 days but I think in reality it was 4 or 5 days) which is why we took the risk in the first place. Those little rascals must've hanged in there for a few days I should mention that my BF eats very primal with ridiculous amounts of fatty food (for my taste).


                                My cycle worked for me for a long time. HOWEVER, I did change something in the couple of months before I got pregnant. I started taking 5000 IU of Vitamin D and felt a significant change in my mood. I'm wondering if that changed my cycle, hence why my timing was off.


                                Right now I do believe that yes, if you improve your diet, you'll become more fertile.

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