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  • The danger of protein during pregnancy

    I came across this post in the Perfect Health Diet blog and want to know your thoughts on it. They recommend protein restriction in general.

  • #2
    Hmm. I'm not sure--interested to hear what others have to say. I'm new to the whole paleo/primal WOE, but I followed the Brewer Diet during both pregnancies ( to avoid pre-eclampsia (my mother had pre-e with me). Dr Brewer recommended 80-100g protein a day. My first was born at 36 weeks and he was perfectly healthy for being 4 weeks early--I know a lot of 36 weekers who have had underdeveloped lungs. I attribute his good size (7lbs 5oz) to the diet. Larger babies can afford to lose more weight immediately after birth, among other things.
    31, 5'5"
    Primal since Feb 2012
    Whole30 Start: 2/21/12
    LR start: 2/24 @ 155.2
    CW: 149
    Goal: 18% BF


    • #3
      I ate a LOT of protein with both my pregnancies. I needed it - I worked heavy physical labor on a farm while pregnant with my first (and went back to work on said farm 2 days after she was born), and took care of my DH's terminally ill mother (lifting her, moving her, cleaning her house, moving her into a new apartment, etc) while pregnant with my second.

      Both were healthy, big babies, (8 lbs 10 oz, and 10 lbs 1 oz), with voracious appetites (which they have retained! These 2 eat me out of house and home!). No illnesses or fever - My 6 year old has only been sick 3 times (which I credit more to her spending the first 6 months of her life coming to work with me on a farm and being covered in dirt daily), and the 3 year old only twice. As for IQ... I'd say their both fairly average - ahead in some things and behind in others. General health? Blood pressure is good, weights are good, heights are good - my 3 year old is only 3 inches shorter than my 6 year old, and they both have quite lovely 6 packs and biceps than I envy (and that they love to show off to anyone who will look).

      Only time will tell, I suppose, but I have yet to see any health issues due to a high protein diet while pregnant. My mother followed the same type diet and exercise I did (she worked construction/excavation while pregnant with my sister and I), and we were almost identical to my two. We come from breeding stock, I guess.


      • #4
        I wonder about this too. The doc told me even though my BP is normal and I have no swelling, I have a lot of protein in my urine which worries me. More information would help a lot!

        Ok I just read the article. I am so lost as to how to make my diet 70% fat, 10% protein and 20% carbs. usually im 60% fat, 30% protein and 10% carbs O_O
        Last edited by earthspirit; 02-15-2011, 06:29 PM.


        • #5
          It doesn't make sense to me. Mrs. Grok would not have "limited" her protein. At the same time, I notice that all my pregnant clients crave carbs in the first trimester.

          I think listening to what your body wants during pregnancy is the best bet, as long as you are eating a good variety of (mostly) primal, high-quality foods and getting sufficient supplementation if your diet is deficient in any way.

          Also, Vitamin D sufficiency has been shown to prevent pre-eclampsia in a recent study.

          A discussion and rejection of their recommendation here:

          An excerpt:
          One of the benefits I have received from paleo dieting has been a sharpening of my primal, unconscious guidance system. Basically, the longer I have eaten in a “primal” fashion, the less conscious effort I find myself putting into food selection. I follow my natural inclination to eat meat, fat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts in amounts determined by appetite rather than reason, and I get rewarded with pleasant moods, smooth digestion, abundant energy, and good health. Every time I interfere with this by trying to impose on my food selection some guidance from the haughty conscious mind, I have negative results, almost always appearing first in the digestive tract and mood.

          The lesson I take from this is that the conscious mind does not know enough to regulate food intake, and, so long as I eat practically primal foods, I am better off if I leave regulation of food intake to primal wisdom of the body.
          Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
          Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
          Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article


          • #6
            Oh I take 5000iu daily of vit d and also biotin and my prenatal.

            also ty for more info


            • #7
              Ancestral Nutrition Coaching
              Pregnancy Nutrition Coaching
              Primal Pregnancy Nutrition Article