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    I'm about a trimester and a half late starting this, but I'm not going to lie - I was pretty useless during my 1st trimester. I've been Primal for about a year and half, but that first trimester made me hate so many foods I had formerly loved. Bacon, greens, eggs, and steak all turned my stomach, even though I never threw up. Yes, I had some decidedly non-Primal moments during that 1st trimester that definitely exceeded the parameters of our beloved 80%-20% clause.

    My 2nd trimester has been wonderful so far though. I'm just past 20 weeks pregnant now, and I can't get enough bacon, greens, eggs, or steak. My energy levels have been back for a while, so I've worked harder on exercising. I did yoga faithfully throughout the beginning of my pregnancy two or three times per week, but now with my baby bump in the way, and with more energy than before, I'd like to get back into a more Primal workout routine. I'm still going to do yoga, but I've switched now to prenatal yoga once per week.

    Mainly, I'm going to keep this journal so I can document my eating and exercising habits, because I'm really good at telling myself that I don't realllly need to do those squats, or that it won't realllly hurt to have a donut....basically, I BS myself quite often and quite well, and the best tool against that is documentation. And hey, if somebody finds something helpful here, that would be cool, too. I know I've really enjoyed peeking at other Primal pregnancy journals - there's just not tons of information out there regarding Primal pregnancies.

    So, now for an accounting of today's sustenance:

    Breakfast - Ok, full disclosure. Today was a late, rushed morning, so I turned in an 80-20 token for a Chik-fil-A breakfast sandwich with fruit on the side. Then I got to work and found that the boss had brought donuts. I was still hungry, probably because my breakfast was processed crap, so I failed my willpower test against the donuts. See why I need to keep a journal? I've developed some bad habits from my 1st trimester.

    Lunch - Ah, this is better. Leftovers from last night - grassfed burger patty with caramelized onions and bacon, okra and tomatoes, and a few slices of roasted sweet potato.

    Snack - Some grape tomatoes and a couple of small cubes of cheddar cheese.

    Dinner - Tomato basil soup with goat cheese and bacon garnish, served with a salad of mixed greens tossed in a warm bacon dressing.

    Now for the exercise:

    I'm trying to take a walk every evening after dinner. This seems to help my food settle better, and since I live in Houston, it's much more comfortable to walk once the sun is setting. Don't worry - I sit outside everyday around 4:30pm for at least 15 minutes to get some vitamin D!

    Today, in addition to the walk, I'm going to start (carefully, very very carefully) incorporating some strength training. I'll be endeavoring to use the essential movements of PB fitness. Tomorrow, I'll report back on what I was able to safely accomplish.

    I guess that's it for today. I already feel more goal-oriented and inspired.
    Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

    "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

  • #2
    Welcome! Congratulations and best wishes to you and your baby. Out of curiousity, is this your first?
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    • #3
      Thank you. Yep, this is number one.
      Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

      "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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      • #4
        How exciting! Hubby & I are trying to conceive so I've been lurking in people's primal pregnancy logs/blogs. Cassandra Forsythe did a really interesting series of interviews with women who exercised during their pregnancies.
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        • #5
          Good luck on the conception part! I liked that part - it was fun. I will have to check out those interviews - I have felt pretty lost most of my pregnancy as far as what's safe and what's not. Since I don't trust CW regarding food, medical advice, or well, pretty much anything, I can't trust what they say about exercising while pregnant either. But at the same time, risks are scary.
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          "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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          • #6
            Ah, it's Friday, and I've got a nice weekend ahead of me. Tonight, my husband and I are having our traditional Friday night date dinner, but after that we're heading to Babies R Us for the first time. Well, ok, I've physically been in the store before, but only to buy shower gifts for girlfriends or relatives. It's funny how pregnancy changes you - I used to abhor going into Babies R Us, but today I'm practically bouncing with excitement just thinking about looking at different cribs, co-sleepers, car seats, and strollers. And the cute little clothes. Sniff sniff.

            Anyhow, on to today's food:
            Breakfast - whole fat yogurt with strawberries and walnuts
            Lunch - I think I'll scavenge at a BBQ place near my office. Brisket, squash, and cucumber salad should be good. Grok in the Sky, please give me strength to say no to fried okra, one of my many weaknesses.
            Snack - I brought some stuff to make an afternoon snack salad today - mixed organic greens, grape tomatoes, cucumber, and cheddar cheese.
            Dinner - Friday night is usually when I turn in an 80-20 token, but I don't think I will tonight. I'm still feeling gross from my doughnut and Chik-fil-A sandwich yesterday. I think tonight I'll order a steak and veggies wherever we go.

            So, last night, I took my usual walk with my babydaddyhusbandman. It's been especially fun lately, because with the cooler weather, our indoor/outdoor cats actually MOVE AROUND outside instead of just laying on the porch like they're going to die. We have two cats, and they are our furry babies. Yeah, we're cat people. But anyhow, we live in a townhouse, and there's a big beautiful courtyard in the front of our house. I usually just walk the big square over and over in the evening. Well, the last few nights, the cats have been following us, so we've got a little parade going on. It's pretty cute. I imagine they're a little confused as to WHY we walk in a big square over and over, but I like to think that THEY think we're walking the parameter, like to establish our territory. It's always good fun to try to think like a cat. Anyhow, I'm way off-topic now.

            I know I said I'd report back about how the strength training went, but it just didn't happen last night. I actually have more free time at work, so this afternoon I'll be grokkin' it in my office. I'll try to write about it before I go home today.

            Now back to my menu planning for the weekend.
            Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

            "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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            • #7
              we're heading to Babies R Us for the first time
              This is always exciting! Especially with baby clothes sales. It's also good to hear that my wife isn't the only one who got literally sick with bacon. Maybe this was natures way of making us fast. Who knows.

              I have felt pretty lost most of my pregnancy as far as what's safe and what's not. Since I don't trust CW regarding food, medical advice, or well, pretty much anything, I can't trust what they say about exercising while pregnant either. But at the same time, risks are scary.
              Oh god yes. My wife and I are huge lactivists, though I haven't converted her primal yet. I'm not sure she will, either. I just make it a point to pull the cheerios away from my daughter whenever I see her reaching for them.
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              • #8
                I was wondering the same thing while I had my bacon/steak/egg aversion - maybe it was just something I didn't need too much of then. Maybe in some way fasting sometimes served me better then than really nutrient-dense food. After all, you don't really NEED extra calories in the beginning. Now, at 20 weeks, I'm hungrier and can eat more and I love my protein again. Pregnancy is a weird, weird monster.
                Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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                • #9
                  Ok then - strength training is officially back into the mix. I'd love to report some amazing numbers, but I'll just keep it honest instead:
                  • Knee pushups - 2 sets of 8 reps
                  • Squats - full-on real squats, mind you - 2 sets of 25 reps
                  • Modified jackknife presses - 2 sets of 15 reps
                  • Planks - 2 sets of 30 seconds
                  • Pullups - ummm, yeah. Couldn't do one before I got pregnant, not gonna do one now.


                  As you can see, these are Mark's 5 essential movements. I think I could have pushed a little harder, especially on the squats and knee pushups, but I was pretty much at my limit for the planks and jackknife presses. Overall, baby bumpage wasn't an issue, and I didn't have to modify everything, so I'll consider myself a satisfied mama for now.
                  Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                  "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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                  • #10
                    Well, I was plenty sore after my first session of pregnant strength training. I expected that though. On Saturday, the husband and I cleared out our guest room since it will be our nursery. We're both bookworms and had hundreds of books in the guest room, and they all had to be carried downstairs (bookshelves, too). Of course, my husband did 90% of the work, but even so, I was so worn out from going up and down the stairs a bajillion times. That resulted in a lot of lying around on Sunday, and even 2 long naps.

                    Nutritionally, I did pretty well this weekend. Breakfasts were good - bacon, eggs, strawberries on Saturday, almond pancakes on Sunday. Lunch was naughty on Saturday - I had Taco Bell. I stuck with corn rather than flour, since I'm very sensitive to flour but not really sensitive at all to corn. I avoid corn 90% of the time, just because I know it's not the best choice, but I don't seem to suffer from indulging every once in a while. Lunch was good yesterday - Mexican food without the naughty stuff. Dinner on Saturday was chicken Thai curry with veggies, and I skipped dinner yesterday because I just wasn't hungry for it after my Mexican food lunch.

                    I guess that sums up the weekend. In an effort to keep myself as honest as possible, I'll be reporting food and exercise the day AFTER instead of the day of.
                    Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                    "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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                    • #11
                      So yesterday I had my monthly prenatal appointment with my midwife. Until yesterday, my pregnancy has really been perfect. My weight gain was even, no morning sickness, decent energy levels...but in the last month, I've gained 11 pounds. To put this in perspective, I should have gained 4. Sigh.

                      I KNEW I had been eating more (but hell, I've been hungrier), and I knew we had been eating out a little too often, and that what I call my 80-20 tokens might have been more like 70-30 or even (gasp) 60-40 tokens. I just didn't imagine I could have gained 11 pounds in one month. My face, arms, and thighs all look the same - it's all in the belly. My midwife did say that everybody typically has one big growth spurt, and that maybe this was mine (well, baby's).

                      But to be really honest, I know that I've rationalized choices that I wouldn't usually rationalize due to my pregnancy. Like, baby needs more carbs than I do probably. Or, ice cream has calcium - that's good. Or, rice and beans sound amazing so baby probably needs them.

                      Yeah, I'm irritated with myself, too. I had plans to be so perfectly primal during my pregnancy.

                      There's still time though, and I'm going to manage my weight gain carefully now. No sugar, less dairy, and only root veggies for starch. No rice or beans. I need to eat a big-ass salad for lunch at least 3 or 4 times per week so I get my fresh, raw, organic greens. (I tend to prefer cooked green veggies for dinner - I like warm food at night.)

                      My activity levels aren't too bad, but there's always room for improvement. Instead of 25 or 30 minute walks most nights of the week, I'm going to aim for 45 minutes nearly every night of the week. I might give myself the day off on Sundays, when I do prenatal yoga. I'll continue the strength training I started last week (I'll continue it later today, actually). And I'm going to make sure I get up once an hour from my desk and walk around for at least 5 or 10 minutes. I might try to make it a habit to leave work on my lunch break (even though I bring my lunch) and go walk around a store nearby so I get a little extra activity in.

                      So that's what's going on with my pregnancy. Everything else was great - great blood pressure, baby has a good strong heartbeat, I've had very little swelling in my ankles....just gotta work on cleaning up the diet.

                      I need to get back to my original mindset - that pregnancy is DOUBLE the reason to stay primal and eat clean, not an excuse to eat the things I've left behind me in my non-primal past.
                      Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                      "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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                      • #12
                        I'm going through sugar cravings. I've allowed myself some 85% dark chocolate though, and that sufficed. Plus, a recent study correlated chocolate consumption with a lower risk of preeclampsia.

                        I'll jump right in - yesterday's food:

                        Breakfast - 2 egg omelet filled with grass-fed taco meat and topped with guacamole
                        Lunch - Grass-fed taco meat on a bed of dark leafy greens tossed in olive oil, topped with guacamole, organic cherry tomatoes, and splashed with jalapeno Tabasco sauce (I adore that stuff)
                        Snack - Whole fat Greek yogurt sweetened with honey, a handful of blackberries
                        Dinner - Pork cutlet with roasted sweet potato slices and stewed okra & tomatoes

                        Exercise: I walked for 25 minutes. I really tried for 30 minutes, since I'm trying to work up to 45 minutes, but my back felt so wonky and it was an effort keeping my tailbone somewhat tucked and my abs somewhat firm. It was also reallllly muggy outside (yes, that required italics AND extra Ls - that's how humid it was), and I just felt sapped and drained. I used to be able to walk for hours, no matter the weather! Well, tonight, I'll aim to add 5 minutes and get up to that 30 minute mark, which is what I feel should be a bare minimum.

                        Speaking of tucking my tailbone and all that mess, I feel like my round ligament pain and stiffness have gotten worse lately. I haven't been going to yoga for a few weeks. I was attending level 1 yoga for a few months prior to my pregnancy, as well as throughout my entire 1st trimester and part of my 2nd, but it was getting to where they were doing so many poses I couldn't participate in. I was spending a lot of time in child's pose, and that gets old after a while. Anyway, I'm starting prenatal yoga at the same school this Sunday, so I'm hoping that will help. It's only available once a week, but I'll be able to practice by myself at least one or two times by my lonesome while I'm waiting for Sundays.

                        Oh! Strength training - 2nd session went well! Here are the stats:
                        1. Knee pushups: 10 reps x 2 sets (up from 8 reps!)
                        2. Squats: 30 reps x 2 sets (up from 25 reps!)
                        3. Modified jackknives: 25 reps x 2 sets (up from 20, I think)
                        4. Planks: 2 30 second sets (no change)


                        I'm making progress!
                        Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                        "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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                        • #13
                          Today I'm really sore in my left hip and oh so tired - a direct result of yesterday's strength training, I'm sure. I didn't walk last night, but I'll have to today just to work some of the stiffness out.

                          Yesterday's food:
                          Breakfast - 1 fried egg, about a 1 oz piece of pork cutlet, blackberries, maybe 1/3 cup whole fat Greek yogurt with honey
                          Lunch - Pork cutlet with sweet potatoes and stewed okra & tomatoes
                          Snack - Dark chocolate, 4 squares
                          Dinner - Vietnamese pho ga (rice noodle and chicken soup with lots of fresh bean sprouts and herbs)

                          Today's food (in case I don't have time to check in tomorrow, as we'll be painting our front room downstairs as well as the baby's room - excitement!!!):
                          Breakfast - 2 egg omelet filled with sauteed onions and red bell pepper, dollop of sour cream on top with some jalapeno Tabasco sauce, handful of blackberries
                          Lunch - leftover pork cutlet with sweet potatoes and stewed okra & tomatoes
                          Snack - 2 squares of dark chocolate, 1 all natural strawberries and cream fruit bar
                          Dinner - We shall see! It's date night. I'll do my best to keep it primal though, and I'll report back on Sunday most likely.

                          A little much sugar perhaps, but I'm doing better!
                          Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                          "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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                          • #14
                            Dinner on Friday night was quite primal - my husband surprised me with dinner at a local steakhouse. Good man, that husband of mine. I ate a 6 oz filet wrapped in bacon with 2 shrimp on the side. Our appetizer was called Duo of Pork, but it should have been called "Duo of Heaven". Bacon and pork belly, with delicious little sauces / salads = happy pregnant lady. Our side dishes were a tad naughty, but still within the realm of primalness - we had potatoes au gratin and creamed spinach. We were so full of meat though that we only had a couple of bites of each. We ordered bread pudding, just because everybody had been telling us that this particular bread pudding is some of the best ever, and if there's something both of us will cheat for, it's bread pudding. It was pretty damn good, but we only had about two bites each. Saved by the meat - if we hadn't been so full, we would have snarfed that bread pudding down.

                            Food log for the weekend:
                            Saturday breakfast: I'm ashamed to say that it was a bagel breakfast sandwich from Panera. Weak moment, being in a hurry to start painting.
                            Sunday breakfast: Sausage patties, fried eggs, side salad with a splash of some homemade balsamic vinaigrette = much better! I felt better, too.
                            Saturday lunch: Hamburger without the bun, side salad with balsamic vinaigrette, 3 or 4 tater tots taken from the mother-in-law.
                            Sunday lunch: Homemade pastured sausage jambalaya. Yeah, I used rice, but rice & potatoes are ok by me while I'm pregnant, as long as it's not every meal.
                            Saturday dinner: I foraged around the house - some of those leftover sides from the steakhouse Friday night, a little salad w/ homemade dressing.
                            Sunday dinner: More jambalaya with a side salad.

                            Exercise: Tons of natural movement while I helped paint the nursery and our front room downstairs. (I used an appropriate mask with organic vapor cartridges and low VOC paint.) There was much stair climbing, light-ish carrying, tons of squatting and standing while painting, etc. Sunday I went to prenatal yoga and that worked out a lot of the kinks I've been feeling in my back and hips lately. I also did 4 1 minute "contractions" where you hold a deep squat for a minute at a time. Pretty hard, but I felt more prepared after doing 2 sessions of strength training recently.

                            I'm roasting a pastured chicken tonight, so while that's in the oven, I'll have ample time to walk & strength train.
                            Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                            "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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                            • #15
                              You know, I've been far from perfect since I tightened up my "diet"...but with my tightened-up adherence, I feel so much better. For a few weeks there, everything was making me cry or get pissy. I know I'm pregnant, and that can happen, but it's a little odd that it only happened when I was eating too much gluten. I wonder if anybody else has experienced that. I know that my normal, non-pregnant self tends to get into arguments with the husband when I eat sugar or wheat, so why not when I'm pregnant? Anyway, here is yesterday's food and exercise log:

                              Breakfast: Whole fat Greek yogurt with walnuts
                              Lunch: Still workin' on that jambalaya. I'm glad rice doesn't mess with me. It's nice to have on occasion.
                              Afternoon snack: 4 squares of dark chocolate with sea salt, 1/2 serving of sweet potato & beet chips
                              Dinner: Roasted pastured chicken (leg, part of a breast, and 2 wings - it was a small bird), broccoli sauteed with garlic (plus melted butter).
                              Dessert: Whole milk with some homemade dark chocolate syrup

                              Exercise: While my chicken roasted, me and the kitties took a 35 minute walk. What a difference from the last few weeks! I was experiencing a lot of hip and back pain after even 10 or 15 minutes of walking before, and now I'm doing great. I bet the sugar and gluten was making me ache more than I needed to.
                              Mama Foxglove's Primal Pregnancy Journal

                              "Leave your drugs in the chemist's pot, if you can heal your patient with food." - Hippocrates

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