Siobhan, sounds like you are doing well and I am encouraged as I read your journal! I have to agree about the babies not getting what they need in utero! Did you know that in some primitive cultures the prospective parents (fascinating as the sperm quality is affected by diet too) would do a special diet to promote fertility and then the mother would be given all kinds of high quality foods like fat and organ meats etc while she was pregnant! I honestly believe that a lot of the struggles with infertility and miscarriages and autism etc are all related to the shocking diet we are stuffing into our poor bodies. I know that mom's who take cod liver oil amongst other things (pastured, cultured butter etc) generally have children who don't have learning disabilities and often do well with academic stuff. Of course the diet after birth is important too. The development of childrens jaws are deeply impacted by the mother's diet too .... nutritious foods including lots of fat, protein and veggies and fruits etc build strong open palates with teeth that are spaced correctly and no issues with needing braces etc later..... I find this area fascinating. Have you read any of Weston A Price's research? If not, you should because I think you would love it. He is not anti grains, but nonetheless has incredible insight into nutrition.
Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 13 2012. Height: 5'7"
Primal low: 186 lbs
Current weight: 218 lbs
S.T. goals: stabilize thyroid, start AIProtocol, sleep early and long
LTG: Find my sweet spot with which foods work for me and start losing weight
Goal weight: 135 lbs
Never, ever, ever give up!!!