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    Folks~
    Todd (Primal Toad) just posted my guest blog post on Primal Pregnancy. Enjoy!
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  • #2
    Very interesting.

    Do you have any recommendations pre natal?
    Life. Be in it.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Belforte View Post
      Very interesting.

      Do you have any recommendations pre natal?
      Read the article!
      Is It Healthy to Live a Primal Lifestyle While Pregnant?
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      • #4
        Totally love this!! I sure wish I had known about PB around Christimas. I'm betting it would've helped my horrid morning sickness & every other complaint I've had so far. All the supplements are spot on, and I couldn't agree more. Especially D, Magnesium, and Folic Acid (iron not so much, simply because for me, dietary sources have been plenty, but I know other moms who struggle even with a better diet than mine).

        As a mom who started at just shy of 32 weeks pregnant, I can only say that my blood pressure dropped from 125/85 (not normal for me during my pregnancies) down to 110/60 (normal for me during pregnancy, just not this one) in just a week on PB. I have not gained any more weight, hovering at 174 for the last month or more (already 25-30 pounds more than pre-pregnancy), though I am eating what I crave when I'm hungry & not limiting myself at all, not even on the dark chocolate! I love how I feel now. All the achies have significantly diminished, and I'm sleeping better than I would have expected. I have energy again, though I do have to take care not to overdo it & have contractions. I could go on.

        As far as for moms in the TTC, from what I have learned so far, plus what I already knew before (I, too, tried to feed my family WAP as best we could), just stay Primal, plus add in the supplements Sondra recommends. It should give you all the nutrition you need. That's my $.02, anyway.
        Amy
        ~wife and mother

        Started primal a month before the end of my pregnancy with P who is now 1. Went from a size 14 down to a size 4 in less than a year. Now sitting at 20-21% body fat, a solid 130 pounds, and 5'9". Feeling better than ever before, and able to run around and chase my 5 little boys who range in age from 14 months up to 11.5 years old.

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        • #5
          Mamagault~
          So happy to hear about your blood pressure drop!

          Thanks for the feedback!
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          • #6
            One more reason why I love you, Dragon!
            --Trish (Bork)
            TROPICAL TRADITIONS REFERRAL # 7625207
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            • #7
              Dr. BB~
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
                Mamagault~
                So happy to hear about your blood pressure drop!

                Thanks for the feedback!
                Thanks, and you're welcome! I can't wait to see if it makes my delivery and recovery easier, too. I just hope it doesn't change labor speed, however. At 3 hours start-to-finish, I think that's just fine.
                Amy
                ~wife and mother

                Started primal a month before the end of my pregnancy with P who is now 1. Went from a size 14 down to a size 4 in less than a year. Now sitting at 20-21% body fat, a solid 130 pounds, and 5'9". Feeling better than ever before, and able to run around and chase my 5 little boys who range in age from 14 months up to 11.5 years old.

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                • #9
                  Yay! I've been wondering about this very thing.

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                  • #10
                    Thank you for posting this! I am currently hoping to conceive my second child! I wasn`t Primal when pregnant with my daughter but i intuitevely, craved meat and veggies and wasn`t interested in carbs (not even sweets, this, however, das changed again since then). Interestingly, I didnīt gain any weight (though definitely eating "enough") until I reluctantly re- introduced the starchy carbs (enjoyed fruit before) at around 20 weeks for everyone told me how much I needed them! So I agree that some women might gain less when eating nutritionally dense food! Did you find women experience more swelling when eating more carbs during pregnancy? This would be interesting to know. Also, pregnant women are always encouraged to snack to "keep blood sugar stable". From your experience, do the pregnant women following the primal lifestyle have less problems with blood sugar lows? I

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                    • #11
                      Sonnenblume, I can give you my experience, and I'd love to see what Dragonfly responds, too!

                      I don't normally experience swelling in pregnancy. This pregnancy, up until 2 weeks ago, was a train wreck of very carb-based eating. I had higher than normal blood pressure, and sometimes my ankles would swell slightly. I had no energy, and my blood sugar would crash within an hour of eating a meal or snack. I am a 5'9" woman with a just slighter than average build, and I weigh about 145 pre-pregnancy (I'm thinking this will change to about 135 because that is where I was as a teen for many many years, until I started having kids).

                      Now: as I mentioned above, my blood pressure is back into my normal range. I have no swelling anymore. I am (comparatively) energetic. My blood sugar is much more stable. Sometimes, if I don't get enough protein, I can tell & I get a little shaky, but it's getting better, especially if I eat something with protein. My appetite has actually gone down a bit, though I eat plenty and whenever I want. I have not gained any weight in a month, and I can tell the baby is getting enough because my belly is still expanding. His movement patterns have changed. Instead of always moving after I eat something, he seems to have developed a better pattern of naps and movements that aren't based on my blood glucose levels. My joint aches & pains have gone away. I still have loose joints, and sometimes they still ache at the end of a long day, but it is no where near the levels of just 2 weeks ago.

                      For the first time in this pregnancy, I am not dreading those last weeks.

                      I hope my personal experiences have helped you. Keep in mind, this is just after 2 weeks. I wish I had believed in PB/paleo much much earlier. I would be curious to see how a typical Primal/paleo pregnancy looks & baby's birth weights.
                      Amy
                      ~wife and mother

                      Started primal a month before the end of my pregnancy with P who is now 1. Went from a size 14 down to a size 4 in less than a year. Now sitting at 20-21% body fat, a solid 130 pounds, and 5'9". Feeling better than ever before, and able to run around and chase my 5 little boys who range in age from 14 months up to 11.5 years old.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Sonnenblume View Post
                        Thank you for posting this! I am currently hoping to conceive my second child! I wasn`t Primal when pregnant with my daughter but i intuitevely, craved meat and veggies and wasn`t interested in carbs (not even sweets, this, however, das changed again since then). Interestingly, I didnīt gain any weight (though definitely eating "enough") until I reluctantly re- introduced the starchy carbs (enjoyed fruit before) at around 20 weeks for everyone told me how much I needed them! So I agree that some women might gain less when eating nutritionally dense food! Did you find women experience more swelling when eating more carbs during pregnancy? This would be interesting to know. Also, pregnant women are always encouraged to snack to "keep blood sugar stable". From your experience, do the pregnant women following the primal lifestyle have less problems with blood sugar lows? I
                        Were those starchy carbs you ate grains?

                        With the women I worked with personally, I did notice they experienced some swelling until they dropped the grains--often in the second trimester. I didn't track their diets to see how many starchy carbs from vegetables they were eating, so I can't fully answer your question! All of them ate fruit, from what I remember.

                        If you read the Primal blogs I linked to at the bottom of the article, none of the moms seemed to experience any bloating or swelling.

                        And yes, blood sugar stabilization seems to be a common theme--but only for those who could stay away from the grains totally.
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                        • #13
                          Mamagault~
                          Thank you for sharing your experience! I am learning so much from the Primal mamas online.
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                          • #14
                            Thank you SOOOO much for posting this. I've had such a hard time finding info about being primal during pregnancy.

                            Iím also planning (hope to start trying next month probably) for another pregnancy, this time as a full blown Type II diabetic. My endocrinologist says that Iíll have to consume a whopping 150 grams of carbs a day and be on insulin, or else Iíll jeopardize the baby and won't gain enough weight. I canít even imagine consuming that many carbs in a day as a diabetic!!

                            The one thing I'm worried about is having an aversion to meat during pregnancy. During my last pregnancy, during my first trimester, I could smell meat, in the refrigerator, with the door shut, all the way upstairs. And it made me SOOO nauseous and sick!

                            I don't know what other substantial food options (that won't spike my sugars) I'll have this time around if I wind up having an aversion to meat,. The only thing I can think of might be nut butter smoothies or something...sigh.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Shema~
                              Thanks for your comments!

                              Can you eat eggs and dairy? As I said in the blog post, creamy foods can work well for those with a meat aversion in early pregnancy. That said, every pregnancy is different, so you may not have any issues at all this time.

                              Just so you know-- several folks on this forum have totally reversed their Type II diabetes by eating a very low carb Primal diet. You may wish to do a search for their stories if you want more info on this!
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