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I just found out that I am pregnant....how many calories should I be eating?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 27, 2012 at 2:27 AM

I have just found out that I am newly pregnant!! I have been paleo for 5 weeks now. I haven't really be counting my calories. How many calories should I be consuming a day?

I am 5'7" am I currently weigh 191 down from 203 5 weeks ago.

I have been taking a prenatal vitamin and iodine. Should I be taking another other supplements?

Thanks I am so scared as we have been trying for almost 8 years and this is my first positive pg test!

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on March 02, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Essentially you are paying for a lot of dead trees. There is a much more efficient way to get the same information without all the junk material.

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on February 28, 2012
at 12:08 AM

One often gets what they pay for.

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on February 27, 2012
at 09:14 PM

It looks interesting, but is way expensive and comes with so much paper and other materials that are so unnecessary. Too bad he doesn't just offer a book that could be read without cluttering up the place, and at a more reasonable price.

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Huh, that's interesting about the peppermint tea not working. My friend drank so much of that when she was pregnant, it seemed to make sense because I've always gotten a little relief drinking it when I get sick. Now that I think of it though, in the end she said that it was probably just that her mouth felt "cleaner" after drinking it, and that reduced subsequent nausea rather than the actual tea itself. Good to know, I will stop claiming that works so well!

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on February 27, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Great post! Thanks.

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:19 AM

How great to have such good resources at our fingertips.

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:12 AM

This is a good idea, especially for your first pregnancy.

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:00 AM

Yay! Congratulations!!

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:42 AM

Congratulations!!!

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:27 AM

No suggestions, as I'm not a momma, but CONGRATS!

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:00 AM

I was primal this last pregnancy and my answer for you is... don't worry about your calories. Your body will tell you when you need to eat more. I remember times when i would be eating everything in sight for a week, or weeks when I'd want tons of fruit, or then weeks when I'd be craving fat.

SO - listen to your body, and just avoid eating "non-food" if you can. Don't worry about too many carbs, and don't worry about gaining weight either. I had a few occasional aversions, and if you need to break down and get saltines don't guilt yourself about it but obviously try to minimize that.

I was also overweight during this time - discovered primal in month 3 and never looked back. I ate what I wanted, when I wanted, and I only gained 16 lbs which was gone within a week of birth. My other two pregnancies I gained 40 and 55 lbs, so obviously I did something right! I've been steadily losing since then, as well.

What was interesting also is that my daughter was over 2 full pounds heavier at birth than both my first kids - and she's a very strong baby... and was from the very beginning. Zero jaundice, very good health, everything was perfect. I can't wait to see what the difference will be, raising a kid on a primal diet.

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on February 27, 2012
at 02:39 AM

Congratulations!

Relax and enjoy your pregnancy as much as you can--both you and your baby will benefit.

I recommend that my pregnant clients eat to hunger--no calorie counting required!

Here's a link to a blog post I wrote on Primal (lacto-Paleo) Pregnancy nutrition. It has info on supplements. More info on my site as well.

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on February 27, 2012
at 02:58 PM

Great post! Thanks.

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:19 AM

How great to have such good resources at our fingertips.

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on February 27, 2012
at 05:41 AM

I love this WAPF guideline for super foods during pregnancy and lactation http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/diet-for-pregnant-and-nursing-mothers

They advocate soaked grains, but other than that, it's a beautiful list! As far as calories go, I wouldn't recommend counting calories as long as you are eating only nourishing foods to satisfaction. Congratulations!

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:16 AM

How great that you started eating Paleo right when it is time to nurture your little one. We are glad that you started when you did.

The main thing is for you to keep eating healthful foods and your body will tell you how much it needs. Hope you don't get any really weird cravings, but even pickles and ice cream could be made Paleo!

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:08 AM

Congratulations!!! Very exciting news.

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:15 PM

Congratulations on what will become an extraordinary journey.

To add some comments -- morning sickness isn't a bad thing. The nausea is an effect of hormones -- high progesterone levels mean the pregnancy is 'taking' well -- but those same high hormone levels can really bollux the belly -- so don't worry about calories, but make sure that, as much as possible, every bite provides healthy nutrients, and remember to sip liquids throughout the day -- if you get dehydrated, that can make the nausea/vomiting worse.

As an added comment to this, a lot of my clients when I was a midwife had success with a protein snack in the middle of the night. Roasted poultry, cheese if you do dairy, a piece of jerky -- they found that they had significantly less of an issue with nausea/vomiting if they ate to appetite and added that middle of the night snack.

I concur with the above poster re: saltines. Even though they're often recommended, out of over 200 pregnancies, not ONE of my moms actually got much relief from saltines (or mint/mint teas, which are also commonly recommended). Red clover tea (with a little -- and I mean less than 1/8 teaspoon, grated -- ginger if you like it); bone broth; water with a little citrus peel all seem to have good results.

Be careful about herbal packaged teas, including the pre-packaged pregnancy teas or nausea teas -- they can contain herbs that aren't great during early pregnancy, or without a knowledgeable herbalist/midwife following your case (I specify herbalist/midwife, because most medical doctors know very little about the proper use of herbs or how they can affect a women during pregnancy/birth). For example anise, catnip, chamomile, comfrey, ephedra (called ma huang in traditional Chinese medicine), hibiscus, horehound, Labrador, lemongrass, licorice root, mugwort, pennyroyal, raspberry leaf, rosemary, sage, sassafras, stinging nettle leaf, vetiver, and yarrow are found in many "herbal tea" blends -- especially anise, chamomile, hibiscus, lemongrass, and licorice. None of these should be used in the 1st trimester. It's better to get loose herbs and make your own teas, IMO.

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:35 PM

Huh, that's interesting about the peppermint tea not working. My friend drank so much of that when she was pregnant, it seemed to make sense because I've always gotten a little relief drinking it when I get sick. Now that I think of it though, in the end she said that it was probably just that her mouth felt "cleaner" after drinking it, and that reduced subsequent nausea rather than the actual tea itself. Good to know, I will stop claiming that works so well!

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on February 27, 2012
at 02:40 PM

Congratulations!!! I would stick to your whole foods, Primal diet as much as possible during the pregnancy, eating to satiety and not worrying about calories. If you're like me, you might find that some healthy foods your normally love will turn you off while others become your everyday foods. This is normal! Somewhere around week 20 I lost my appetite for meat, which was unfortunate. I found that I still enjoyed a little tuna or chicken, but no other meat. It made me want to gag. Instead, I just wanted to eat smoothies with fruit and whey protein or fruit and cottage cheese. It worked just fine. I delivered healthy twin boys at 37.5 weeks with weights of 6-5 and 6-13. Great for twins!

Also, I strongly advise if you develop morning sickness to not give into the saltines recommendation. I had severe morning sickness (all day sickness!) up until week 18 and I tried the saltines/carb route and it made things a lot worse! Then I went back to my Zone -inspired, whole foods diet and everything was so much better!. I did best when I nibbled on fruit, butternut squash and protein foods through out the day (a lot of banana, scrambled egg and chicken). If I kept my blood sugar levels even, that kept me from getting sick (although I still felt "icky").

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on February 27, 2012
at 08:02 AM

Congrats! No calorie counting necessary, and make sure not to put off eating if you start to get hungry. My appetite would go from kind of hungry to ravenous in minutes. That woozy, hungry, icky feeling just isn't worth it. Little stashes of almonds and beef jerky in my bag and in the car were life savers.

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on February 27, 2012
at 03:47 AM

Check out the Healthy Baby Code by Chris Kresser

http://chriskresser.com

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on February 27, 2012
at 04:12 AM

This is a good idea, especially for your first pregnancy.

65125edd5aafad39b3d5b3a8b4a36bb7

(6092)

on February 28, 2012
at 12:08 AM

One often gets what they pay for.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on February 27, 2012
at 09:14 PM

It looks interesting, but is way expensive and comes with so much paper and other materials that are so unnecessary. Too bad he doesn't just offer a book that could be read without cluttering up the place, and at a more reasonable price.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on March 02, 2012
at 12:42 AM

Essentially you are paying for a lot of dead trees. There is a much more efficient way to get the same information without all the junk material.

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