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    Right now, I think I might be pregnant. I'll find out for certain in a couple days but right now
    it's looking pretty likely. I was wondering if anyone has diet tips for me:

    Here is a pretty typical diet for me:

    2-3 eggs for breakfast cooked in coconut oil
    3 slices of bacon
    some fruit
    Maybe a coconut/banana smoothie if I am extra hungry

    I often skip lunch cause I am not hungry

    Dinner is usually a huge side of veggies (assorted)
    Large helping of Fish/Venison/Chicken

    Sometimes I'll make either a pot of chicken or venison stew
    and have a bowl for a snack. Another snack I like is
    home made venison jerky.
    I don't eat dairy (except for butter) because it makes me congested.
    About once a week I eat organ meat (especially liver)
    This is from deer my husband shoots. Or a little peanut butter (my lovable vice).

    How can I make my diet even more healthy for pregnancy? What would you add/minus?
    Should I add a little more starch? I do eat either potatoes or quinoa
    once in a while if I crave it.

  • #2
    Get avocados in you -- at least 1/2 per day (one if it's a small one), as it has the folic acid (also found in beans) in it. It's great to get extra folic acid.

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    • #3
      Low mercury fish, fish, fish!!!! Especially sardines and canned red salmon, with the bones (for calcium). Bone broths for the minerals. Fish is brain food for you AND the baby! Also....you will need about 300 cal. more per day for an optimal pregnancy and birth weight for baby. Congratulations! (And yes, ditto on the folate. I would take OTC folate or prenatal vitamins, just for insurance. Folate prevents spina bifida and related conditions and is necessary in the first trimester.

      Let us know...

      Pea

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      • #4
        Liver (see your already doing that once a week...good!). Nothing need change really. Healthy is healthy....

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        • #5
          I didn't take prenatal vitamins, but I understand why people would (for insurance). FIsh is a good one, too. I practically CRAVED it during pregnancy.

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          • #6
            First, how very exciting for you! Second, I think you can keep most things the same just eat a little more (as said, about 300cals more than usual) and make sure you are getting all your proper nutrients.
            Starting Primal: 2/24/13

            SW: 261.5 | GW: 135 | CW: 255.25

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            • #7
              Lots of coconut oil, especially when it comes time for breastfeeding. MCT is essential for growing babies.
              Rebooted Body -- Ancestral Health + Modern Psychology | The Rebooted Body Podcast

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              • #8
                Hi
                I don't think you're supposed to eat liver when pregnant as it contains too much vitamin A which is toxic to a baby. Worth checking this out to be on the safe side. My daughter's pregnant and she's been told to avoid liver. Congrats!
                Eve

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                • #9
                  You won't need to eat more for several months, and you body will definately tell you when you do. Believe me. Then you might add 1/2 can good fish and a prebiotic (sauerkraut, pcikles, etc.) or some green leaves for lunch. (Put the other 1/2 can in a baggie for the next day.) From 5-9 months nothing will be able to stop you from eating. Do take pregnancy vitamins.
                  "When the search for truth is confused with political advocacy, the pursuit of knowledge is reduced to the quest for power." - Alston Chase

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                  • #10
                    Dear Mark: First Trimester Frustration, Liver Dosage, and NY Times Barefoot Piece | Mark's Daily Apple

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                    • #11
                      Congratulations! I would check out Chris Kresser's blog. He did a number of blog posts and podcasts about having a healthy baby/healthy pregnancy since his wife just recently gave birth to their first child. I have been studying up on it quite a bit since my fiance is pregnant right now but it is still very early and we don't want to jinx anything. Right now it looks like your diet is pretty darn healthy as you are eating eggs, liver and fish. I am sure your cravings will change at some point though as that is what I have witnessed from many of my friends
                      "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                      People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                      • #12
                        Definitely get plenty of vitamins D & A, along with the related minerals, magnesium and zinc. Liver and oysters! Maybe supplement some D
                        Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

                        Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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                        • #13
                          I'm now four months pregnant. I'm basically eating the same as before, but I'm hungrier so I've added an extra egg to my breakfast and some chicken/duck soup (basically stock made from the carcass of whatever bird we roasted last) along with my lunchtime salad. I'm also eating a little more fruit.

                          I eat liver now and again, but not terribly often maybe once every three weeks or so. I'd eat more fish, but it's expensive, so I'm supplementing with omega 3s. I do have pickled herring for breakfast though. I also supplement with D because there is none to be had here, particularly at this time of year.

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                          • #14
                            You're diet looks great for pregnancy. I'm a midwife and honestly wish my clients ate like you do! I agree with all the previous posts. I'd try to swap your peanut butter out for pumpkin seed (high in zinc and iron) or macadamia butter but hey, I totally understand vices. Just ensure your PB is organic (peanuts are high in pesticide content). Watch mercury content in fish, avocados are great, eggs are perfect pregnacy food, go nuts on the coconut and yes, you only need about 300 extra calories per day which can add up quickly. Ensure you're getting lots of vit D, water and rest and if you start to feel nauseated I'd try to eat a little something for lunch.

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                            • #15
                              Oh I'd love to have some coconut milk! Husband says it's too expensive

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