Hi! You have lots of words there. Obviously, you are pretty interested/excited about all of this, and I don't blame you! Congratulations on your pregnancy!
Now, I'm no expert on any of this, particularly from a primal POV or anything else, but I"ll give it a crack, ok? I had one baby, was vegetarian at the time (but I did eat meat about 7 or so times during the pregnancy. Might have been 5 though.). I gave birth naturally at home, and was able to breastfeed. I also run slightly hypo, but I've never been medicated for it.
Question 1: When you're stomach/body is very hungry but you have no appetite, or nothing ever sounds good at ALL, what do you do?
Pick that which is nutrient rich and palatable and eat. I didn't have much nausea with my pregnancy -- or many problems at all really (I had intense exhaustion in the first trimester) -- but when I was hungry but nothing seemed appetizing, I would eat whatever was most nutrient rich.
Question 2: What are your theories about why I'm craving such high calorie foods? Just because I'm pregnant&my body thinks I need the calories?
Your body is craving nutrient rich foods because it is growing a baby and trying to maintain itself. Eat nutrient rich foods, and if you want, feel free to count calories. You usually need your normal caloric intake plus an additional 300-500 calories per day (depends upon you, the trimester, etc). If you eat nutritious food, though, you're more likely to have appetite control. It just works that way.
Question 3: I wasn't able to breastfeed my son (i contribute that to poor eating&my thyroid problem), even after trying EVERYTHING to produce more milk¬hing worked =( Has anyone not been able to breastfeed, switched to primal, then was able to breastfeed another child? My BIGGEST dream is being able to feed my baby MY MILK and not some gross, unnatural formula!
Connect with a lactation consultant *right now* -- before you have your baby. Just get names/numbers and call around to see if they have openings around your due date. It's important to get in early, and some might even see you before hand to talk to you about what happened in your first go around.
I'll be honest with you, a lot of women are given crap information from their doctors, and the doctors blame it on the hormones, the broken body, whatever. Really, it's their lack of knowledge and bad advice. One friend of mine was told to pump every 30 minutes to help increase supply, and when that didn't work over the course of 3 days, to pump every 24 hrs. Dumb dumb dumb! My lactation consultant (whom I happened to share this with at the time) was completely livid! My friend decided not to see my LC, she decided instead that "my body just didn't work" becuase that's what her doctor told her and "better luck next time!"
*Get a lactation consultant!*
Question 4: I've been making bone broths . . .my broths don't taste good.
I suggest adding veg and herbs, as well as salt. Ours turn out great. I also dont' like mine that gelateous, and I took out the ACV, and it tasted a lot better.
Question 5: Do some of you work better with a potato every day, every few days, or go for a completely different kind of carb?
This really depends upon you. Under the primal blueprint, weight loss zone is getting between 50 and 100 g of carbs per day. I would recommend though, since you are preggers, putting yourself into the maintenance category at this point -- getting between 100g and 150g per day.
You can get these carbs any way you want. I always look for the "more nutrients!" element. I feel (it may not be scientifically accurate) taht I get more diverse nutrients and nutrition from a BAS than from a potato. My BAS might equal a potato in carb counts. Thus, I prefer a BAS to a potato.
Also, if you love fruit, then use fruit instead of potatoes. I would much rather have a BA-Fruit Salad than a potato. That's just me though.
And, I keep my carb counts between 80 and 125 depending upon the day and how I feel and where I am in my menstrual cycle.
Question 6: Do you think your baby has been healthier - stronger, more active - because of being primal in the womb?
My son was just like your little one while in the womb. We weren't primal, but I was eating a very nutrient rich diet. He -- quite literally -- threw me out of a chair about 2-3 weeks before his birth. Yes, he was that active. And, he's very strong and healthy.
He's been primal for two years like us, and he's a strong, healthy kid. Rarely gets sick, very strong, etc. He's great.
Also, exhausting. So, be ready! He has two modes: on and asleep. On is ON! LOL
Question 7: Were you able to give birth naturally? I gave birth naturally with my first, but with severe back labor, and I guess I'm worried about this baby because I want to give birth at home
I would say that you need to talk to your midwife about why and when she would advocate going to the hospital. Reason being that back labor, or for that matter posterior presentation which usually causes it, isn't necessarily a reason to transfer. But, you do need to talk it out with her.
I had a posterior presentation and back labor. That being said, I had no pain in labor/birth. I know it was back labor because that's where I felt the pressure and that makes sense because of how I stand (which is malpositioned in and of itself, and I'm doing a physiotherapy course to correct it!) as well as his presentation. As I said, I birthed at home no problems, but I'm an outlier (I had an unassisted childbirth and wasn't at all concerned about him being posterior).