Easy Pregnancy when Primal
Since everyone else is doing it... lol
I'm starting the 21 day challenge again. I have 40 days left of my pregnancy so we'll see if I can do it. I've been mostly primal the whole pregnancy. I will usually go about 6 or 7 days before I give into temptation and eat something like bread, pizza or chocolate. I've been mostly non-dairy since 6 months into it. I've been drinking almond milk to help boost my calcium. I've had an extremely easy & healthy pregnancy. (This is my first).
My blood pressure is always perfect - except for the day I did my gestational diabetes test! One hour after drinking the glucose drink my blood pressure was elevated, but I think my one-hour plasma glucose level was 96 mg/dL. Anything under 120 means you don't have GD. During the first trimester I did have nausea, but i never actually threw up. It was zero in the morning but would slowly get worse over the course of the day and was bad at night. My husband would make me steaks and make me eat it even though i had no appetite. I found that sugary foods and rice made the nausea go away so I ate rice a lot with meals and candy bars sometimes and 3 milkshakes during those few weeks. You really just have to do what you can during that time. I tried to stay primal but up my carbs with things like sweet potato. I ended up gaining 20 pounds, which is all the weight I lost the previous year. The rest of my pregnancy my weight gain was right on track.
As long as I stuck to the primal blueprint, the rest of my pregnancy has been so easy (considering). Since I go off it fairly regularly it is really obvious which pregnancy symptoms are caused by the foods I eat. When on the PB I don't get heartburn, I have zero swelling or bloating, no weird cravings, no food aversions, smells don't bother me, fatigue isn't an issue (I still get tired but it isn't much different from when I wasn't pregnant), no dizziness, leg cramps only when I haven't been drinking enough water, no constipation and no anemia.
If I eat bread or sugary foods for more than one day i get heartburn and swelling, constipation, and fatigue. I have also noticed that when I eat dairy like cheese and milk I get congested and stuffy and cough up little bits of phlegm.
I've been taking the PB supplements (Damage Control, Primal Flora, Vital Omegas, and Vitamin D). I got approval from my doctor at my first appointment.
When I got pregnant I was 195lbs (5'6" tall) which puts my BMI in the obese range. I was really worried I'd be having a giant baby because my husband was born 9lbs 8oz, and there were so many articles out there saying obese women had big babies. Well my baby has been exactly average sized the entire time. At 30 weeks he was about 3lbs (the ultrasound tech's guess, since they don't worry about the baby's actual weight/size unless you're measuring big for it's age). It goes to show that it's not necessarily your size that makes the baby big, it probably has more to do with how much sugar you eat.
I do have a lot of weight to lose after the baby is born which sucks. But most pregnant women do. I'm feeling confident that I'll be able to get back into shape within a year if I stick to the Primal Blueprint. Unfortunately I have the holiday season coming up so I'm going to be around tempting holiday food all the time. I'm hoping the need to be able to run around after a toddler in 14 months will help motivate me to stay on track.
I think that's it for my experience being primal and pregnant. If I think of anything else I'll add it to this post.