Pregnant while Primal/Paleo - who else has done it? Weight gain issues?
I'm currently 7 months pregnant with my third child (first pregnancy I've been primal). I'm feeling AMAZING - mood and energy are through the roof, no more anxiety, I can tackle all that is on my plate with ease (and it's a lot).
The only issue is that I don't seem to be gaining much weight anymore and am not sure if that's a problem or not. I eat plenty of meals and snacks (3 meals and 3-4 snacks per day), embrace my fat and paleo carbs (had sweet potato hashbrowns for breakfast), but I'm gaining less than a pound a month. I love food and eat to being full and beyond even (I do force myself to eat a bit more than I want to at each meal).
I started totalling up my number of carbs and am coming out at 150ish on average per day - I am NOT low carbing it by any means. So I'm wondering if the lack of weight gain is normal on paleo or if I should be concerned about its effects on my pregnancy. It's hard to find a large enough sample size to compare with, yk?
FWIW, I am 5'4 and started this pregnancy at 120 lbs (gained 11 lbs in the first tri when I was not paleo, felt horribly sick, and subsisted on panera bagels to take the edge off the nausea. I'm now at 136 lbs but have only gained 1 lb in the past 6 weeks even though baby is growing visibly bigger). Never had weight issues or insulin issues and ate pretty healthy before going Paleo - it was just the next logical step in my lifestyle and not a dramatic change. I look great - baby growing big, measuring on target, I've got what I think are healthy fat stores and don't look skinny. But the scale isn't budging.
Last edited by FrankiG; 05-20-2012 at 12:22 PM.
Teacher and Homeschooler
One husband of 9 years,
Two kids (6 & 3)
Pregnant with #3, due this summer
Going primal resolved my anxiety symptoms!!!