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I'm Pregnant - And I'm Not Eating Paleo Cuz It Grosses Me Out!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

So, I happened to have gotten pregnant shortly after this question I asked: http://paleohacks.com/questions/74349/im-ovulating-how-important-was-my-nutrition-prior#axzz1f75aJVUP Gee, how lucky, eh? =P I think I'm on Week 8 currently. Anyway, I'm feeling guilty (yet again) because I haven't been eating my usual Paleo-fare. In fact, I can't seem to stand eating those things anymore. I'll blame it on food aversion, but as an example, I used to eat pastured eggs and a side of broccoli with butter for breakfast, and now, it's all out the window!! :( I have incorporated white rice and made some fried rice as a means of adding some eggs back into my diet, but it's not my favorite. I haven't been eating any meat (even beloved bacon), and I can't even think about a piece of salmon anymore! (I used to love salmon!) Never mind organ meats, which I was gonna incorporate, but am pretty sure I'd fail. I used to drink bone broth daily, but the smell of the lard-y part of the broth gets to me. Luckily, the taste is good. The only "vegetables" I've eaten is spinach in the wilted form thrown in soup. The good news is that I'm not really showing any symptoms for morning sickness, so I keep my food in. I've been taking a multi-vitamin, cod liver oil, plus additional vitamin D. As for what I've been really eating, I'm kinda ashamed....GLUTEN!! LOTS of it, in the form of pasta!! :( Plus ice cream. Plus goats milk. Maybe the occasional bag of chips too! I'm also reading Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan, and now I'm feeling more guilty! I'm hoping this phase will pass soon, but I know how crucial this first trimester is. Help! Any advice? Words of comfort? Stern words or a gentle slap back into Paleo-reality?

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on June 15, 2012
at 01:48 PM

Good question. As far as I can tell from wikipedia, it is not, even if highly processed. I live in Europe, and any transfat must be in the ingredients list, and I haven't seen any so far on European fries. I started noticing a few years ago, that a lot of the prefried food here moved from hydrogenated seed oils to palm oil, due to these regulations.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:45 PM

No matter what the diet pre-pregnancy, I've been assured by my midwives that almost every mom ends up on the "beige diet" for at least the first 12-15 weeks. In general I'm gonna trust the experience of every pregnant lady over any expert, but even Cordain mentioned that macros should favor carbohydrate and fat over protein in the first trimester. Don't worry you'll know when you need meat and greens again because you'll start fantasizing about them.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:08 AM

depends if the palm oil is hydrogenated or processed doesn't it? I thought commercial grade palm oil was a trans fat?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:03 AM

Great answer. I never had any nausea, and never had any food aversions either, except a trip to Japan in the first trimester where I couldn't face rice and seafood and salty miso broth. I lost five pounds in our one week trip there. I also never got swollen feet - I attribute that to my daily swim workout. Swimming is the perfect exercise for a pregnant body IMO.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:01 AM

Ages ago when I was pregnant I was told you have to have a lot of protein and I paid a lot of attentio to make sure I got enough - to the point where I was eating powerbars and cottage cheese just for the protein. Hm.

D5dff6376e17373751ccf4a10aaa0b34

(274)

on June 14, 2012
at 07:51 AM

Food aversion seems pretty natural and could be a smart way for your body to protect the baby in a critical development period. I wouldn't stress to much and just keep trying to reintroduce the paleo foods gradually and gently to not cause even more aversion. No one should make you feel guilty, that adds stress which is bad. Mothers in the worst conditions can give birth to healthy children.

Bb3d1772b28c02da2426e40dfcb533f5

(5381)

on June 14, 2012
at 07:39 AM

Well, your baby probably needs proteins for growth. What about fish, lean free range chicken etc? You may be craving carbs because of the extra energy load. You could always eat some more root veges, perhaps some honey and fruit for that...good idea IMO to get some fat in somehow, dairy, coconut, heavy cream or whatever you can tolerate....all just suggestions :)

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on June 14, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Not sure I see any evidence of her craving sugar *or* salt, given that she's eating mostly pasta (plain starch).

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on December 15, 2011
at 06:34 AM

I think I remember hearing that the reason about meat aversion is protection for the baby - in case there is any rotten meat type of issues, e coli, or whatever was around then, the baby can't fight off that stuff as easily, and could be deadly.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 15, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Thanks for all the advice! :D Got the K2-MK4 covered! :D

00c8eb3f6e6a1884216044ca29cf868a

on December 14, 2011
at 09:26 PM

The Fry Daddy (a 1-qt deep fryer) should be about $20 at your favorite big-box store. ** To deal with aftertaste, wash whatever you ate down with a swallow or two of strong fruit juice, like POM (pomegranate), instead of water. ** Pastured egg yolks in your ice cream, every time. ** And most importantly, make sure you're getting vitamin K2-MK4, as it's CRUCIAL during the first trimester so your kid doesn't need braces later: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1834-7819.1994.tb01379.x/abstract ** That, and adequate DHA.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 14, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Mine too. I lost 15lbs first trimester *with* eating gluten to help me choke down healthier food because of food aversions. People can end up hospitalized due to morning sickness. It's not simply a matter of "La, la, forget the fetus, I feel a bit off and think I'll eat junk".

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 06:39 PM

@jess6 - Yes, 'tis better not to know what goes in and drink it as it is! :D Now, if only I could get the husband to agree to do this for me!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 06:38 PM

The holding-nose thing only works while it's going down, but doesn't help the after-taste. That mainly applies to my multi-vitamin that totally reeks! Hmmm...I wonder if I can pour my multi-vitamin powder in a smoothie? Unfortunately, I only have a Magic Bullet which kinda sucks for smoothie making, but it's not completely useless. I've never made a smoothie with vegetables...I'll have to work out some desirable ratio. We once had a deep fryer but we got rid of it since we figured we didn't need it! Oh, the regret! =P

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Thanks for the link, Sarah!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Salted OJ??!! o.O I am enjoying my goat's milk until I get my hands on some raw milk. And no to cod liver oil???! I guess I thought that stuff was suppose to be gold! =P Although, I am aware that liver is much better! :D

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

(571)

on December 14, 2011
at 06:02 PM

hey cliff, here is no pm function so i may just ask here: What Vitamin A Pills do you take (since CLO is junk)?

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on December 14, 2011
at 12:16 PM

That was pretty much my experience too Dunnie.

78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

(1025)

on December 14, 2011
at 03:10 AM

Dude...first trimester food aversions are not about "screw it, I'm pregnant, so I can eat whatever I want now!". It's a shitty black hole of despair where everything you've been eating previously is suddenly revolting, and the only things you can even *imagine* putting near your face are junk food that, pre-pregnancy, you would have seriously judged other people for eating. And also (in my case anyway) you are hungry 24/7.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 14, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Better yet, give someone else a list of possible smoothie additives (or give them free reign to add what they like if you trust their judgement) and have them make you a smoothie and not tell you what exactly is in it. That takes out any psychological component. Berries are good for disguising colors and flavors.

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(39831)

on December 14, 2011
at 01:53 AM

No sarcasm here; to malnourish a fetus due to ignorance is one thing, but to know what to eat and then eat pasta instead is irresponsible.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 12:43 AM

I admit, I have known bacon longer than the being living inside of me. :) Right now, I have no affinity for the bacon, so the being trumps it!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 12:38 AM

Oh no, Kelly, that sounded awful! :( Hope you're much better now cuz of Paleo! :) Egg custard sounds de-lish! :D I'm gonna try that! My mom makes it best though!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Thanks, Jon! I'll try to nix the pasta soon in favor of some baked sweet potatoes! :D

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 13, 2011
at 11:33 PM

Instead of ice cream, heavy cream with frozen fruit.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on December 13, 2011
at 11:31 PM

She did ask for "stern words" and Travis did what he was told.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18696)

on December 13, 2011
at 11:27 PM

I thought he was being sarcastic.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 13, 2011
at 10:08 PM

You're having "morning" sickness! Vomiting isn't a necessary component for it to be morning sickness (neither is the morning part). The food aversions were, for me, a much bigger deal than the vomiting.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:44 PM

I agree with this. If you're not celiac, you eat what you have to eat to keep you and the baby nourished. For me, I went for several weeks where all I could eat was fruit and cheddar cheese on crackers. If you'd cut the crackers, I couldn't have stomached the cheese on it's own. The good news is that the aversions fade after a few weeks. I went straight from a super limited diet to "must have rare bison steak NOW" in a matter of days. Don't stress about the organ meats and broth, your body will tell you when it wants them.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 13, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Can we start a new thread - "What to name this paleobabby?". We had a dog named Cleopatra and cats named Phonecia and Ptolemy, but I don't think I would name my kid Plato or Aristotle.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 13, 2011
at 06:42 PM

I assume Travis is engaging in some hyperbole, such as "fruit is candy from a tree."

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 13, 2011
at 05:34 PM

Yeah, I mean that's the crux of a lot of debates about parenting. There is a lot of evidence certain practices are optimal, but the truth is that sometimes optimal is not practical. My opinion is that people should just do their best and not see not-optimal as a personal failure. A lot of the "formula and proud 111!!" blogs are a reaction to "optimal" advocates that just managed to make people feel guilty.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 13, 2011
at 02:11 PM

doomed might be a bit much, but i wonder how different my life would have been without crooked teeth and a screwed netabolism. life is harder for the not-so-perfect

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 13, 2011
at 05:00 AM

Doomed? Yeah it's not optimal, but many of us are products of mothers who didn't try at all and I wouldn't describe us as doomed. It's not helpful to scare monger.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 13, 2011
at 04:14 AM

I kind of like Blanket, too. How could you not like a toddler that you can call "Blankie"?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:56 AM

Dunnie, I would LOVE me some ramen noodles!!! :D

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:55 AM

Thanks for the advice! Luckily I'm not experiencing morning sickness, but who knows if it will appear sooner or later. I've never had sprouted bread, or sprouted anything! I wonder if it tastes good! =P

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Yay for the body being designed to make sure the baby gets what it needs! I'm pretty sure I'm lacking in Vitamin D. I do supplement, but I don't go out into the sun enough. Thanks for the links! They look very helpful! I'm super excited to read them! I like the idea that pregnancy can potentially be easier and more fun eating the right way! :)

78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

(1025)

on December 13, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Well-said, I agree with all of this.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:44 AM

I always forget that you are in fact a man, just based on your profile picture. =P Your typing-style-inspection-meter is on point, I'm pretty chill-y. I've actually purchased the Healthy Baby Code months ago. Most of the information was stuff I was already familiar with, but there were some good tidbits. I also don't think Apple is such a bad name! :P We had a dog named Apple!

78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

(1025)

on December 13, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Yeah, I cried all the time in my first trimester because everything was disgusting to me. It was a guilt/sickness roller coaster. I remember only two things that tasted palatable at that time: McD's cheeseburger and ramen noodles. Let anyone that's never been pregnant say what they want, you are in survival mode right now!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Thanks! I feel much better for now. Neat blog you have there! :)

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(37227)

on December 13, 2011
at 01:11 AM

+1 for the naming advice!

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:31 AM

It just depends. For most women, food aversions diminish significantly when the placenta kicks in. Some women struggle with severe morning sickness until delivery. But there's every reason to believe that you're probably in the vast majority for whom it's a first trimester thing.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:09 AM

When I was pregnant, wheat-containing foods helped me eat. It wasn't starches/carbs - I experimented, but didn't get the same effect from either rice or corn-based products. It's possible that this was purely psychological, and that eating something that more closely mimicked gluten (especially if I didn't know it was gluten-free) would have helped.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Nothing wrong with some baked sweet potato fries :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Your answer is no less important despite the fact that this advice is coming from a man! =P In fact, this is the most stress-reducing response yet! Hmmmm....donuts, pop tarts and coke, eh? That might've trigged some cravings I never knew I had! Hahaha. Kidding. =P (I hope!) I've tried baked sweet potatoes fries with ketchup, and I quite like that! I bought a lot of pre-made pasta from Trader Joe's and I'm thinking that once I finish that, I'll hopefully be "over" it. :D

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:55 PM

I've never even been pregnant! :)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:53 PM

I'm sure I have read somewhere for there being reasons for aversions to vegetables in early pregnancy. There are many plants out in the wild that wouldn't be good to eat during pregnancy.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:53 PM

I'm sure I have read somewhere for there being reasons for aversions to vegetables it in early pregnancy. There are many plants out in the wild that wouldn't be good to eat during pregnancy.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Downing a spoonful of coconut oil would make me gag at any time!

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(12379)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:47 PM

You dummy! :) :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:41 PM

I did make myself out to sound pretty maniacal with the bad food, but I think I accidentally over-exaggerated! (I hope!) Even so, yes, I'm not being perfect!! NooooOOOOOOOOoo!!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:39 PM

That's very interesting. My mother warned of the same thing too, though she put it in a way that if I ate too much meat, I might end up having a girl. =P In the beginning of pregnancy, I forced myself to down a tablespoon of coconut oil each day, and then I had to stop because the thought of it grossed me out and made me gag! I think that's when the aversions started. Coconut oil probably triggered it! Bwahahaha.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:36 PM

Thanks Erin for all your useful insight! Congrats also on your new little one! :D I know what you mean about the "body" telling us all sorts of nonsense even while NOT pregnant! I am definitely holding out hope that these aversions will go away/change. I haven't gained much weight (2 lbs maybe?), but I'm kinda light to begin with. Thankfully, I don't think I'm overeating. I'm not much of an exercise person like you, but I have been incorporating walking more and some light resistance exercises. Thanks for that last bit about the need for so much calcium! Totally didn't know that!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I really think it's part of the overall hormone shifts that cause many women to have morning sickness (oh, how I wish that had really only happened in the morning!) :-))

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:28 PM

Just the swift kick I needed! :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:27 PM

Awwww, thanks! Although from your response, it looks like I'm not entirely clear from future nausea, darn! I was hoping I'd have it easy. =P Oh wells. There ain't nothing easy about being a mother! Thanks for your kind words! It motivates me to try harder! :)

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(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:25 PM

Just edited the text format.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Thanks for the congrats!! :) Your wife is super lucky to have a Paleo-cooking husband! *Envious* Unfortunately (fortunately?), I do all the cooking so because of my aversions, I haven't even been able to make Paleo food to feed the husband!! Hahaha. Yes, I'm definitely hoping this passes soon! :D SUPER congrats to you and your wife! Here's to a healthy Paleo baby! :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:20 PM

It might be a little bit of all of it! Sometimes it's the smell, but sometimes, I will start eating into something and find myself eating it very very slowly and practically forcing it down.

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(12379)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:13 PM

Wow Travis - doomed? Cue the menacing music - dun, dun dun :(

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 12, 2011
at 11:09 PM

I guess eating roots and plant fats like palm or coconut oil.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:57 PM

That is so interesting Melissa, especially given the ramifications of too much protein in pregnancy. What DO HG women eat during pregnancy? My friend is preggers at the moment and is having the same thing, she seems to be surviving off popcorn. Someone really needs to write a book on bland dry paleo-diets.

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(39831)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:49 PM

The kid's doomed unless you get this under control.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:42 PM

great answer!..

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:39 PM

your answers are always so much nicer than mine :)

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487813b1b412020a796e4ce86133f409

(178)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:17 PM

Well, having just delivered my baby in September and having tried (emphasis on the "try") to be paleo the whole time I would say that the whole "listen to your body and what it wants" is (no offense) kinda ridiculous because as well all know who already eat paleo, your body will trick you into "wanting" things it doesn't need just based on a crazy roller coaster of hormones and sugar. And that is when you AREN'T pregnant! So, here is what I learned in 9 paleo months...

  • 1. If you have a food aversion, it may change later, but if not... don't sweat it. I couldn't eat eggs from before I knew I pregnant until the day I delivered... who knows why... just made me want to retch.

  • 2. Try to be as paleo as possible because it IS healithier, because gestational diabetes is a terrible complication to have and your body will be more sensative to insalin after a long period of the paleo diet prior to pregnancy, and those pounds are going to pack on in the final trimester no matter what you eat so if you eat whatever you want in the first two trimesters than by the third it will be insane...

  • 3. As long as you are eating healthy, don't stress about weight gain. I ate mostly paleo the whole time and STILL gained 55lbs, but I WOD'ed until the day before I delviered... whatever you do, DON'T quit the gym unless it is medically necessary. It will be your savior when you feel miserable and fat in a few months... Most weight gain is just genetic and there is not much you can do about it and if you eat healthy, it WILL come off post-partum.

  • 4. Sounds like you are in your first trimester with all the food aversions... that will change! I could only drink chocolate milk for breakfast my first tri (SO not paleo) but by 14weeks I felt much better and could eat realy breakfasts again (just not eggs!) So, hang in there... your tastes will broaden...

  • 5. Finally, making sure you take your prenatal (I used Perfect Prenatal by New Chapter Organics bc it was guaranteed not to upset your stomach!) and in your final trimester at least 1500 mg of calcium daily is super important... if you don't take that in (mostly in a supplement because you would have to drink over a gallon of milk daily to take that amount in through whole foods) your baby will rob your body which will hurt you in the long run. Also, if you can keep down your fish oil than you and your baby will both benefit: Omega-3's for baby's brain and reduced inflamation for you! :)

Good luck, girl! I agree with the other posters, whatever you can do is worth it, but I will say... you get pretty large and in charge by the end and not putting on pounds at the beginning can help with that a little (I swelled up crazily but that was a whole other issue... water weight is just as uncute as real fat! Lol)... good luck & congratulations!! :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:36 PM

Thanks Erin for all your useful insight! Congrats also on your new little one! :D I know what you mean about the "body" telling us all sorts of nonsense even while NOT pregnant! I am definitely holding out hope that these aversions will go away/change. I haven't gained much weight (2 lbs maybe?), but I'm kinda light to begin with. Thankfully, I don't think I'm overeating. I'm not much of an exercise person like you, but I have been incorporating walking more and some light resistance exercises. Thanks for that last bit about the need for so much calcium! Totally didn't know that!

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(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:25 PM

Just edited the text format.

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:59 AM

Being a man with no knowledge of nutrition and pregnancy, I'd still give the following vague advice:

  1. Like others have said, chill. But you seem pretty chill already, if my typing-style-inspection meter is accurate.

  2. If you truly feel like guilting yourself into changing things around, why not pick up a copy of "The Healthy Baby Code" by Chris Kresser? I'm always dubious of these kinds of things, but everybody and their mom gave a testimonial on that page (Emily Deans, Robb Wolf, Kurt Harris, etc). Chris is awesome at summarizing large amounts of evidence into simple advice.

  3. Don't name your baby something weird like Apple or Blanket.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 13, 2011
at 01:11 AM

+1 for the naming advice!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on December 13, 2011
at 04:14 AM

I kind of like Blanket, too. How could you not like a toddler that you can call "Blankie"?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:44 AM

I always forget that you are in fact a man, just based on your profile picture. =P Your typing-style-inspection-meter is on point, I'm pretty chill-y. I've actually purchased the Healthy Baby Code months ago. Most of the information was stuff I was already familiar with, but there were some good tidbits. I also don't think Apple is such a bad name! :P We had a dog named Apple!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on December 13, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Can we start a new thread - "What to name this paleobabby?". We had a dog named Cleopatra and cats named Phonecia and Ptolemy, but I don't think I would name my kid Plato or Aristotle.

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(12379)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:36 PM

Congratulations!!! Great news about lack of symptoms.

I didn't start feeling nauseous until about 9 weeks and it lasted until around 25 weeks. I was meat phobic for the first half of my pregnancy and then couldn't get enough for the last half; but for the first half I barely ate at all, I was just so nauseous that I couldn't eat anything other than saltines and macaroni and cheese from the Safeway deli. I wrestled with this all this time, but the thought of anything else had me in convulsions and heaving. I even had problems with the smell of food. My poor hubby, it was such a nightmare. I was horrified at the time about these choices, but you have to eat!

Food aversions are quite normal, and they will change throughout the pregnancy.

I am sure that you are going to have a load of people telling you what you need to do - stern words included. IMHO - don't beat yourself up and do the best that you can do. So many people will wax poetic about what you should and shouldn't do while you are pregnant, but I know from experience that pregnant food aversions and nausea are not just a minor complaint they are extremely tough to deal with.

I would say find a doc or midwife who you trust and respect and make sure to have these kind of conversations with them.

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(1025)

on December 13, 2011
at 03:43 AM

Yeah, I cried all the time in my first trimester because everything was disgusting to me. It was a guilt/sickness roller coaster. I remember only two things that tasted palatable at that time: McD's cheeseburger and ramen noodles. Let anyone that's never been pregnant say what they want, you are in survival mode right now!

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on December 13, 2011
at 03:56 AM

Dunnie, I would LOVE me some ramen noodles!!! :D

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(10255)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:42 PM

great answer!..

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:31 AM

It just depends. For most women, food aversions diminish significantly when the placenta kicks in. Some women struggle with severe morning sickness until delivery. But there's every reason to believe that you're probably in the vast majority for whom it's a first trimester thing.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:27 PM

Awwww, thanks! Although from your response, it looks like I'm not entirely clear from future nausea, darn! I was hoping I'd have it easy. =P Oh wells. There ain't nothing easy about being a mother! Thanks for your kind words! It motivates me to try harder! :)

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:03 AM

Great answer. I never had any nausea, and never had any food aversions either, except a trip to Japan in the first trimester where I couldn't face rice and seafood and salty miso broth. I lost five pounds in our one week trip there. I also never got swollen feet - I attribute that to my daily swim workout. Swimming is the perfect exercise for a pregnant body IMO.

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on December 12, 2011
at 10:36 PM

It's interesting because meat aversions during pregnancy are common among hunter-gatherers and several tribes even have taboos regarding meat during pregnancy. Nina Plack writes about her own struggles with food aversions in Real Food for Mother and Baby. If I were in such a situation I would eat what I could, trying to do my best and trying to find relatively nutritious things to eat, and supplement.

You can also "clarify" the broth with egg whites to remove fatty gunk.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:39 PM

your answers are always so much nicer than mine :)

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(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:53 PM

I'm sure I have read somewhere for there being reasons for aversions to vegetables it in early pregnancy. There are many plants out in the wild that wouldn't be good to eat during pregnancy.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on December 12, 2011
at 11:09 PM

I guess eating roots and plant fats like palm or coconut oil.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:39 PM

That's very interesting. My mother warned of the same thing too, though she put it in a way that if I ate too much meat, I might end up having a girl. =P In the beginning of pregnancy, I forced myself to down a tablespoon of coconut oil each day, and then I had to stop because the thought of it grossed me out and made me gag! I think that's when the aversions started. Coconut oil probably triggered it! Bwahahaha.

A727956fa3f943057c4edb08ad9e864e

(4183)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:57 PM

That is so interesting Melissa, especially given the ramifications of too much protein in pregnancy. What DO HG women eat during pregnancy? My friend is preggers at the moment and is having the same thing, she seems to be surviving off popcorn. Someone really needs to write a book on bland dry paleo-diets.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:48 PM

Downing a spoonful of coconut oil would make me gag at any time!

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:53 PM

I'm sure I have read somewhere for there being reasons for aversions to vegetables in early pregnancy. There are many plants out in the wild that wouldn't be good to eat during pregnancy.

2b4f887f5fd32a37c6038eb0aaaf3bf5

(1648)

on December 15, 2011
at 06:34 AM

I think I remember hearing that the reason about meat aversion is protection for the baby - in case there is any rotten meat type of issues, e coli, or whatever was around then, the baby can't fight off that stuff as easily, and could be deadly.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:01 AM

Ages ago when I was pregnant I was told you have to have a lot of protein and I paid a lot of attentio to make sure I got enough - to the point where I was eating powerbars and cottage cheese just for the protein. Hm.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:45 PM

I'd say chill out, relax, be happy about having a baby :) and don't beat yourself up.

Seriously, do the best you can and then just relax, unless eating gluten makes you ill then unnecessary stress over eating it will be more of a problem than the gluten ever will be.

Nature has a funny way of upsetting our best plans and intentions.

There is not much point fighting food aversions. They will probably change before long and you will then have more choice again. There might be a reason for them anyway.

Pasta and ice cream is hardly the end of the world. Your not eating donuts, pop tarts and coke.

Nothing wrong with dairy products and starchy foods if that is what you can eat. Have you tried potatoes and other similar veg? Gluten-free pasta is not usually not all that hard to find now if it would make you worry less.

Guilt is not helpful, I would advise avoiding it :)

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:55 PM

I've never even been pregnant! :)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Your answer is no less important despite the fact that this advice is coming from a man! =P In fact, this is the most stress-reducing response yet! Hmmmm....donuts, pop tarts and coke, eh? That might've trigged some cravings I never knew I had! Hahaha. Kidding. =P (I hope!) I've tried baked sweet potatoes fries with ketchup, and I quite like that! I bought a lot of pre-made pasta from Trader Joe's and I'm thinking that once I finish that, I'll hopefully be "over" it. :D

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(12379)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:47 PM

You dummy! :) :)

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:09 AM

When I was pregnant, wheat-containing foods helped me eat. It wasn't starches/carbs - I experimented, but didn't get the same effect from either rice or corn-based products. It's possible that this was purely psychological, and that eating something that more closely mimicked gluten (especially if I didn't know it was gluten-free) would have helped.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:05 AM

Nothing wrong with some baked sweet potato fries :)

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:36 AM

I wouldn't worry at all, your body is designed to make sure the baby gets what it needs. Things generally balance out later in the pregnancy.

The most important thing I would do is get your Vitamin D level tested ASAP and make sure your blood level is between 50-80 ng/ml. (If your D level is good, you won't need as much calcium as one of the other posters suggested, BTW.)

Here are a couple of blog posts I wrote that may be helpful:

Primal Pregnancy Nutrition

Vitamin D deficiency in Pregnancy

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Yay for the body being designed to make sure the baby gets what it needs! I'm pretty sure I'm lacking in Vitamin D. I do supplement, but I don't go out into the sun enough. Thanks for the links! They look very helpful! I'm super excited to read them! I like the idea that pregnancy can potentially be easier and more fun eating the right way! :)

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306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 13, 2011
at 12:06 AM

Hang in there! Very likely you're at the peak of morning sickness now, and you have a month or less until most of the aversions diminish.

Maybe not a popular view here, but if gluten is what it takes for you to be able to eat, then eat it (this is assuming you don't have celiac or other autoimmune issues, in which case more care might be advisable). I think that people shaming you for this don't understand how serious food aversions during pregnancy can be. I know that, for me, it wasn't a matter of choking healthier food down despite the aversion - if I did that, it was likely coming right back up again. Advocating avoiding gluten while morning sick would have been the same as telling me to starve myself, and I think we can all agree that it's better to eat even horrible evil gluten than starve yourself while forming paleobabby.

(Based on observation of myself and others, I suspect that gluten is an appetite stimulant - bad if your goal is weight loss, maybe good if you happen to need your appetite stimulated.)

Do what you can to minimize the morning sickness in other ways. Try to manage your blood sugar well and not let yourself get hungry, as this can make the aversion/sickness worse. If you take supplements, don't take them on an empty stomach.

Don't stress too much about forming bad habits. Personally, I left half a loaf of bread uneaten when my food aversions went away. It just didn't hold the same appeal once my appetite widened. I do think it helped that I got some sort of "wholesome" sprouted whole-grain bread that wasn't particularly appealing in general.

Go back to eating healthily when your appetite allows.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:55 AM

Thanks for the advice! Luckily I'm not experiencing morning sickness, but who knows if it will appear sooner or later. I've never had sprouted bread, or sprouted anything! I wonder if it tastes good! =P

78fcdeee6ac4ee7d071bbac56b9e359f

(1025)

on December 13, 2011
at 03:48 AM

Well-said, I agree with all of this.

35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

(2485)

on December 13, 2011
at 07:44 PM

I agree with this. If you're not celiac, you eat what you have to eat to keep you and the baby nourished. For me, I went for several weeks where all I could eat was fruit and cheddar cheese on crackers. If you'd cut the crackers, I couldn't have stomached the cheese on it's own. The good news is that the aversions fade after a few weeks. I went straight from a super limited diet to "must have rare bison steak NOW" in a matter of days. Don't stress about the organ meats and broth, your body will tell you when it wants them.

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 13, 2011
at 10:08 PM

You're having "morning" sickness! Vomiting isn't a necessary component for it to be morning sickness (neither is the morning part). The food aversions were, for me, a much bigger deal than the vomiting.

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

(10255)

on December 12, 2011
at 10:35 PM

acknowlegde what is most important. if avoiding a couple of weeks of the discomfort from eating foods that will benefit your child and subsequent grandchildren for all of their lives, then carry on.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:28 PM

Just the swift kick I needed! :)

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F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on December 13, 2011
at 11:17 PM

Ok, so you have aversion to lots of paleo foods, that's fine. However, you and your debeloping baby need tons of energy, so you are fulfilling that by eating tons of pasta and ice cream.

So how about this: Keep eating the ice cream, but switch over to fried starches instead of the pasta. Oven or deep fried potatoes, sweet potatoes and celeriac are awesome and fried plantains are the best thing ever. Most oven-ready fries I've seen over here are usually prefried in palm oil, which is Paleo Approved(tm), so you don't even have to spend much time cooking.

Good luck with the whole thing!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 12:36 AM

Thanks, Jon! I'll try to nix the pasta soon in favor of some baked sweet potatoes! :D

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on June 14, 2012
at 10:08 AM

depends if the palm oil is hydrogenated or processed doesn't it? I thought commercial grade palm oil was a trans fat?

F6c1df7d5699661bd1f0d6d0a6c17fc6

on June 15, 2012
at 01:48 PM

Good question. As far as I can tell from wikipedia, it is not, even if highly processed. I live in Europe, and any transfat must be in the ingredients list, and I haven't seen any so far on European fries. I started noticing a few years ago, that a lot of the prefried food here moved from hydrogenated seed oils to palm oil, due to these regulations.

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C47c5a5d6153e3efddc3996c88afe098

on December 13, 2011
at 01:44 AM

Pregnant bodies are very wise, just listen and eat what feels right. I couldn't even look at meat for several months, but the aversion eventually passed. I was also craving massive amounts of dairy, which I usually can't handle, but I must have needed something. Be gentle with yourself, and eat as well as you can without the guilt!! Stress is worse for a developing babe than a little gluten (well, I think it is!)

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 13, 2011
at 03:37 AM

Thanks! I feel much better for now. Neat blog you have there! :)

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Da681d976130df15aac3984013aaad6d

on June 14, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I'm 25 weeks pregnant and I too couldn't stomach any meat or vegetables in the first tri. I ate bread, pasta, cheese, fruit, not in excess, but carbs were all I wanted. The aversions go away and you'll be back to eating Paleo (probably) by the second tri.

Don't worry too much about it..even with all that carb loading I still only gained 5 pounds in the first trimester. Your baby takes whatever it needs from your body anyway so even if you were deathly ill and barfing all day your baby would still be leeching nutrients from you.

I didn't get back on track diet wise or exercise wise until just recently...eating mostly paleo but I still eat a little dairy. I don't really crave meat so I'm not eating much, but I can eat a lot of vegetables now, and go to the gym to do some lame cardio stuff (I can't do any intense HITT type stuff at all), but it seems to be enough.

Good luck, it'll be fine, and don't let anybody make you feel bad, it doesn't sound like you're just "eating whatever you want because you're pregnant," just sounds like this is what your body wants and you have aversions. There are so many women who just go balls out and eat tons of crap because they think it's a free pass....that's not smart, but you are already thinking about your diet in a productive and healthy way, you know you don't really want to be eating this food but the aversions make it hard.

Anyway, congrats...it gets easier in the 3nd trimester...the 3rd, I can't attest to.

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38dc9448a52fef25672c8ef6e17e8efc

(70)

on June 14, 2012
at 01:37 PM

I also couldn't eat meat or broccoli during pregnancy. Talk about feeling guilty! I ate a lot of peanut butter. Not paleo but at least there's good fat and protein. I also ate a lot of sausage and hot dogs (the uncured ones) because for some reason the processing seemed to make them easier to digest. Steel cut oatmeal with sugar free maple syrup (again not paleo but had to really watch my sugar) and sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon helped me when my stomach just didn't want real food. I can't eat wheat, pregnant or not, it acts like glue in my stomach and pregnancy causes enough issues in that department. I gave in to cravings, but tried to keep it minimal. Also, I would go for a 20 minute walk after meals. This REALLY helped with my blood sugar. Nothing crazy, just a walk. If I couldn't walk, I have a recumbent bike I would use. The good thing is, as soon as the baby was out, I could eat my usual foods again, and since I nursed them they too developed a taste for heatlhy foods. Depsite not eating much broccoli while pregnant, all my kids eat veggies with no problems :).

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on June 14, 2012
at 10:53 AM

Eat what you can and as your body shifts into the second trimester, you'll start being able to eat those foods again. You could have described me to a "t" in my first trimester, baby #2 (aka, the Bagel Baby). No salmon, no veggies, no eggs.

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on December 14, 2011
at 01:52 AM

Tips for eating nutritious stuff you don't like the taste of:

  • Hold your nose
  • Puree it into liquid form and drink it as a shake
  • Do both at the same time

Seriously: you'll be surprised what you can stomach if you just hold your nose, swallow it quickly, and keep holding your nose while you wash it down with a bit of water.

Failing that, here are some ways you can get some nutrition into your junk food diet:

  • Put several pastured raw egg yolks into a few scoops of ice cream. Blend. Drink your milkshake. (That's French Vanilla, by the way: ice cream with egg)
  • Smoothies! Blend some vegetables in with a small banana and some frozen blueberries/raspberries (you'll need a good juicer that can juice things like carrots). Add powdered dextrose to sweeten it up if you must. Add pastured egg yolks if you can.
  • Get a small deep-fryer and a bunch of refined coconut oil. If you can't eat small salmon chunks breaded with potato/rice starch and deep-fried, I don't know what to tell you.

You'll probably gain a whole bunch of weight, but at least you'll be getting some nutrition along with the junk.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 06:39 PM

@jess6 - Yes, 'tis better not to know what goes in and drink it as it is! :D Now, if only I could get the husband to agree to do this for me!

306aa57660d911781231f8090c2a5619

(3808)

on December 14, 2011
at 01:59 AM

Better yet, give someone else a list of possible smoothie additives (or give them free reign to add what they like if you trust their judgement) and have them make you a smoothie and not tell you what exactly is in it. That takes out any psychological component. Berries are good for disguising colors and flavors.

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on December 14, 2011
at 09:26 PM

The Fry Daddy (a 1-qt deep fryer) should be about $20 at your favorite big-box store. ** To deal with aftertaste, wash whatever you ate down with a swallow or two of strong fruit juice, like POM (pomegranate), instead of water. ** Pastured egg yolks in your ice cream, every time. ** And most importantly, make sure you're getting vitamin K2-MK4, as it's CRUCIAL during the first trimester so your kid doesn't need braces later: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1834-7819.1994.tb01379.x/abstract ** That, and adequate DHA.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 06:38 PM

The holding-nose thing only works while it's going down, but doesn't help the after-taste. That mainly applies to my multi-vitamin that totally reeks! Hmmm...I wonder if I can pour my multi-vitamin powder in a smoothie? Unfortunately, I only have a Magic Bullet which kinda sucks for smoothie making, but it's not completely useless. I've never made a smoothie with vegetables...I'll have to work out some desirable ratio. We once had a deep fryer but we got rid of it since we figured we didn't need it! Oh, the regret! =P

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 15, 2011
at 02:20 AM

Thanks for all the advice! :D Got the K2-MK4 covered! :D

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

(3850)

on December 13, 2011
at 06:54 AM

Never been pregnant, but when I was really sick a few years back and couldn't stomach much of anything for several months, what sustained me were plain skinless chicken breasts (cooked with salt only), plain yogurt, oat bran cooked with a little cinnamon, and chicken broth. Those foods were my only source of real nutrition.

My only other suggestion would be to try an egg custard. Eggs, heavy cream, and some honey or stevia make a high-quality nourishing dish that's pretty tasty and easy on the digestive system.

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 12:38 AM

Oh no, Kelly, that sounded awful! :( Hope you're much better now cuz of Paleo! :) Egg custard sounds de-lish! :D I'm gonna try that! My mom makes it best though!

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:01 PM

Is it the food, the smell of the food or the looks of the food?

I had a nasty spell of "all day" sickness, but once I stopped losing everything I ate I could eat most paleo foods one at a time and away from the odors of a spread/mix of cooked foods. I couldn't walk into/by a restaurant or supermarket, but I could eat a plate of one relatively non-fragrant food and then a plate of another, etc.

After a while of that, I could and did eat everything. Just realize it's hormonal and it's not your fault and keep experimenting.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on December 12, 2011
at 11:30 PM

I really think it's part of the overall hormone shifts that cause many women to have morning sickness (oh, how I wish that had really only happened in the morning!) :-))

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:20 PM

It might be a little bit of all of it! Sometimes it's the smell, but sometimes, I will start eating into something and find myself eating it very very slowly and practically forcing it down.

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on December 12, 2011
at 10:52 PM

Listen to your body and eat what you need to.

My wife is pushing 8 months pregnant. While she doesn't eat Paleo, I do, and I do most of the cooking.

She has always eaten a healthy diet, mostly organic and natural foods, but she does eat grains (though most of them are the "healthy" kind). While she's been pregnant she has been eating surprisingly healthily and "normally," and mostly eats the Paleo food I make. For snacks she's been having a good amount of fruits and yogurt, and very rarely will she splurge on something like Ramen Noodles.

When she was in her first trimester she did end up doing the McDonald's thing a few times a week, as she said she felt hungover and this was the only cure.

I would assume that most of your aversion and discomfort with Paleo foods will pass. And if you think about it, it would be hard to NOT eat something that was paleo... unless you always eat fast foods.

Keep trying different combinations of recipes and flirt with Paleoesque foods.

Sorry, I know this is rambling, but I hope it helps.

Oh, and SUPER Congratulations!!

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 12, 2011
at 11:23 PM

Thanks for the congrats!! :) Your wife is super lucky to have a Paleo-cooking husband! *Envious* Unfortunately (fortunately?), I do all the cooking so because of my aversions, I haven't even been able to make Paleo food to feed the husband!! Hahaha. Yes, I'm definitely hoping this passes soon! :D SUPER congrats to you and your wife! Here's to a healthy Paleo baby! :)

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E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on June 14, 2012
at 07:24 AM

Might it not be possible to eat paleo, while still not eating the foods you can't handle? Eggs, offal, bone broth etc. aren't obligatory.

Far be it from my place to tell you what you can or cannot eat, but I'd have thought that potato was about as innocuous a food as you were going to get. Get most of your calories from potato and you've got a surprisingly comprehensive array of your nutritional bases covered. It's obviously an improvement on pasta anyway.

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518bce04b12cd77741237e1f61075194

(11577)

on June 14, 2012
at 07:01 AM

Make your partner/housemate/family member/people near you your slaves as far as cooking goes- my prego roommate figured out that she had the strongest aversions to food that she prepared. If she didn't have to smell it in the various stages of cooking, or touch it when it was raw or in the process of cooking, she had a much easier time eating. Eating big bowls of pho at a local restaurant, or getting me to make her yogurt parfaits, smoothies, cheese-melted-on-random-things, popcorn etc was what kick-started her back into eating any vaguely healthy foods.

Might be worth a try- at the very least, you get to order people around "for the good of the child" and might get a meal you can keep down out of it!

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 13, 2012
at 11:59 PM

My wife simply introduced dairy during her pregnancy but stayed mostly paleo. Third trimester all bets were off, she was specifically craving macaroni and cheese, fish, and watermelon.

0
Fb9739a7d4da8248d42747ba1c382343

on June 13, 2012
at 11:39 PM

I'm just curious if you found the second and third trimesters easier to get back on the paleo bandwagon?

I'm in the first trimester and after being strict LC paleo for about a year I was very surprised to have such an aversion to protein and cooking. I'm just hoping it gets better in the second trimester. Would love to hear an update on your experience.

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D1b7c6cdfcb61d95e8a6df23d1603ef6

on January 07, 2012
at 10:40 PM

It sounds a lot like you crave a ton of salt and calories. Down a ton of salt (teaspoons more) and see if it gets rid of this urge. Over eat what you crave, or components of it (isntead of pasta, white rice or potatoes) and see what happens.

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on December 14, 2011
at 03:16 PM

Maybe there is something to these cravings? You say you crave gluten but is it in the form of cakes and pastries?

Ray Peat says woman crave sugar and salt during pregnancy because these are two vital nutrients.

Drinking some salted OJ and milk will meet about every nutritional req, choke down some liver occasional and your baby should be just fine if not great. Drop the cod liver oil, its junk.

35a8b223ae5d863f17a8c9e3a8eed5eb

(571)

on December 14, 2011
at 06:02 PM

hey cliff, here is no pm function so i may just ask here: What Vitamin A Pills do you take (since CLO is junk)?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 06:33 PM

Salted OJ??!! o.O I am enjoying my goat's milk until I get my hands on some raw milk. And no to cod liver oil???! I guess I thought that stuff was suppose to be gold! =P Although, I am aware that liver is much better! :D

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on June 14, 2012
at 07:30 AM

Not sure I see any evidence of her craving sugar *or* salt, given that she's eating mostly pasta (plain starch).

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on December 14, 2011
at 03:03 PM

I love the advice from your commenters. Here is a helpful article on prenatal vitamins that I found helpful. Btw..I'm turned off by a lot of foods, as well:( I get very nauseous. http://www.surebaby.com/prenatal/nutrition-during-pregnancy/prenatal-vitamins.php

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on December 14, 2011
at 06:34 PM

Thanks for the link, Sarah!

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on December 13, 2011
at 04:52 AM

There is a living being inside you. You mention this fact in passing. You talk about your "beloved bacon." Quick comparative check. With which do you feel greater affinity?

Dcd6927a3606b66f3bfb1c5c28d67a6f

on December 14, 2011
at 12:43 AM

I admit, I have known bacon longer than the being living inside of me. :) Right now, I have no affinity for the bacon, so the being trumps it!

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