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Will paleo weight loss put stress on my fetus.

Answered on January 15, 2014
Created January 13, 2014 at 3:44 AM

Ok I'm 5weeks 4 days pregnant with my second child and I am morbidly obese, I'm very interested in starting paleo but my sister who is paleo said to speak to my ob about the possible stress of a significant weight loss in the first month. I see my ob soon but I'm wondering if any of you know if it's bad to lose weight on paleo (so without cutting calories) while in the first trimester if it's a lot of weight?

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on January 13, 2014
at 10:12 PM

If we think of processed sugar like any other drug, no-one would tell an opiate addict, even a pregnant one that cold turkey is the best option because withdrawl can be very stressful to the system.

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on January 13, 2014
at 10:10 PM

I think by easing into it, people mean slowly changing your diet over to avoid shocking your system with something like sugar withdrawl. You could and should drop any fast food asap because a number of commonly used ingredients in fast food have been linked to birth defects when eaten on a regular basis during pregnancy. It is also okay to not want a lot of meat or green veggies first trimester, as the body tries to protect itself from excess protein and certain plant alkaloids during this time. Fat and starch are usually what women want during this time, and that is okay.

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on January 13, 2014
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No need to restrict starch if you are paleo, especially pregnant paleo. Check out Perfect Health Diet, it got me through gestational diabetes with perfect blood glucose numbers. Even on paleo I still gained 26 pounds with my pregnancy. Weight loss isn't a given.

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on January 13, 2014
at 06:53 PM

http://www.acog.org/Resources_And_Publications/Committee_Opinions/Committee_on_Obstetric_Practice/Obesity_in_Pregnancy

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on January 13, 2014
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I'm no doctor, but that's what I'd do too. Losing weight too fast would release toxins to the body (previously stored in the fat cells), so that's not what you'd want to do to the baby.

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on January 15, 2014
at 02:39 AM

You don't even need to go hard core low/zero carb. Just reducing carbs and unhealthy grains will do a ton for you alone. Do that and see where you end up.

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on January 14, 2014
at 01:19 PM

There is a chance that your doctor will hear "paleo" and freak out thinking you're going to be eating an extreme all meat, low carb diet, when that is certainly not the case. Be sure to explain you will be eating whole foods, lots of veggies, plenty of healthy starches, and fruit in addition to healthy meat and fish. Those are excellent nutrient dense foods that will be good for both of you. Chris Kresser has a program called the Healthy Baby Code that is specific to eating a proper diet pre, during, and post pregnancy, as well as healthy first food choices for the baby. It's important to increase carbs a bit during pregnancy because the growing fetus requires a lot of glucose. If you are interested in working with a nutritional health coach who specializes in fertility and pregnancy, my colleague Emily Wade Adams is great. http://www.natal-nutrition.com/p/about-emily.html Good luck and congrats!

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on January 13, 2014
at 07:09 PM

If you are concerned about weight loss on Paleo, you could always try increasing your consumption of sarchy roots like sweet potatoes, yucca, etc.

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on January 13, 2014
at 06:21 PM

I was still overweight when I was pregnant with my second child. Even so, they worried at my slow weight gain. I gained 20 lbs overall, which was fine. Baby was full term and healthy, 7 lbs 13 oz.

Don't try to lose weight. Eat healthfully for your baby. The weight will take care of itself.

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on January 13, 2014
at 05:29 PM

I'm not necessarily trying to lose weight, I'm not interested in restricting calories, but I know it will be a by product of switching to paleo. By easing into it, do you mean just slowly weaning out starch and such?

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on January 13, 2014
at 10:10 PM

I think by easing into it, people mean slowly changing your diet over to avoid shocking your system with something like sugar withdrawl. You could and should drop any fast food asap because a number of commonly used ingredients in fast food have been linked to birth defects when eaten on a regular basis during pregnancy. It is also okay to not want a lot of meat or green veggies first trimester, as the body tries to protect itself from excess protein and certain plant alkaloids during this time. Fat and starch are usually what women want during this time, and that is okay.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 13, 2014
at 09:57 PM

No need to restrict starch if you are paleo, especially pregnant paleo. Check out Perfect Health Diet, it got me through gestational diabetes with perfect blood glucose numbers. Even on paleo I still gained 26 pounds with my pregnancy. Weight loss isn't a given.

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on January 13, 2014
at 11:16 AM

I agree with what has been said about easing into it and not trying to necessarily lose weight. @Samc is also right that you'll be doing yourself and your fetus a great service by ditching the junk food and eating healthfully. The one piece of advice I'd have for you is to monitor your food intake very carefully. Even with eating bacon and avocados regularly, and cooking with coconut oil and coconut milk, I still tend to be on the lower calorie side when I'm following paleo well. I typically feel like I've eaten much more than I actually have. Make sure you're getting enough food for you and the fetus--you may want to track your intake intermittently just to make sure this is happening (I used Chronometer when I tracked).

Also, make sure you're getting lots of good fats (salmon, coconut oil, avocado, olives), and you also may want to check out the Perfect Health Diet and keep your intake of starchy carbs relatively high. I discovered paleo right after I delivered my second child, so I've never done a paleo pregnancy. But, with the mild morning sickness that I combatted with bagels for the first trimester of that pregnancy, I can't imagine doing a paleo version of that without sweet potatoes and rice!

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on January 13, 2014
at 05:15 AM

What are you eating now? Just cutting out the unhealthy junk is going to be beneficial to your baby. Anyone who argues that point is nuts. Easing out of poison consumption, hardly makes any sense to me. You aren't going to have massive weight loss unless you calorie restrict so just get rid of the junk and start your baby off on the right foot eating wise as she/he are dining with you.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on January 13, 2014
at 10:12 PM

If we think of processed sugar like any other drug, no-one would tell an opiate addict, even a pregnant one that cold turkey is the best option because withdrawl can be very stressful to the system.

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on January 13, 2014
at 05:04 AM

Unless your doctor told you to lose weight, I wouldn't recommend trying to lose while pregnant. That said, switching to a healthier diet is a good thing. I agree with seesaw about easing into it though. Major changes, even for the better can cause stress. Being pregnant is stressfull enogh.

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on January 13, 2014
at 04:40 AM

I'm no expert on pregnancy, but maybe consider easing into paleo rather than going cold turkey? I know for me, starting paleo was emotionally stressful and it took me a while to actually get it right and make sure I had a balanced diet.

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on January 13, 2014
at 09:15 AM

I'm no doctor, but that's what I'd do too. Losing weight too fast would release toxins to the body (previously stored in the fat cells), so that's not what you'd want to do to the baby.

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