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I'm pregnant, but want to start Paleo

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 02, 2013 at 11:12 PM

Long story short - I feel terrible. This has everything to do with diet, I know. I'm 7 weeks pregnant and have been researching Paleo for some time now. Do you think it will be okay to start this lifestyle, even now that I'm pregnant? I'm worried about being deficient with some nutrients.

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on July 07, 2013
at 08:34 AM

I think PaleoSarah meant it as... Pregnancy isn't a time for a strict way of eating... stress isn't good during pregnancy and cravings during pregnancy are probably inevitable. :]

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on July 03, 2013
at 08:30 PM

This is great advice!

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on July 03, 2013
at 08:03 PM

My copy of Beautiful Babies is dog eared already and it hasn't been out that long! Love that book!!!!

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on July 03, 2013
at 07:21 PM

Feeling terrible at 7 weeks is par for the course for many women. Hang in there, it gets better.

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on July 03, 2013
at 07:05 PM

I think high protein can be a danger during pregnancy. just don't get the idea that that's what paleo is.

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on July 03, 2013
at 04:28 PM

Low carb is not necessary.

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on July 03, 2013
at 04:27 PM

However you eat is a diet. I "advice" you to actually read the question. Pregnancy is an excellent time to focus on eating nutritionally dense foods and avoiding processed foods.

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on July 03, 2013
at 03:36 AM

She didn't say she was trying to lose weight, though.

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on July 02, 2013
at 11:41 PM

Sure can start, but pregnancy isn't a time to be a fundamentalist about it. Keep in mind that you likely won't want to do high protein/low carb. Fat and starch are good friends for the first trimester. Respect any cravings or aversions you have. It is okay to nudge them in a healthier direction, but if your baby is telling you it wants a bean burrito, don't beat yourself up about it, just go to Chipotle instead of Taco Bell.

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on July 03, 2013
at 03:47 AM

Start Now!!!!...Like, right this second.

Primal/Paleo is terrific for you and your baby.

Focus on being low carb and increasing your healthy fat intake (grass fed sources, omega-3, coconut oil, etc.).

I recommend you read the "Better Baby Book" by Dave Asprey and his wife, Lana Asprey.

They've done an enormous amount of research which shows that eating Paleo is great for you and will help your baby develop into a genius (<-ok, that's not guaranteed, but Paleo helps your baby to optimally develop its brain while in womb).

For further research, look up: Dave Asprey's Better Baby Book and I recommend Peggy Emch's ThePrimalParent blog (it's a great resource for a Paleo mom to be).

Best of Luck Tiffany and Congrats.

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on July 03, 2013
at 04:28 PM

Low carb is not necessary.

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on July 03, 2013
at 07:05 PM

I think high protein can be a danger during pregnancy. just don't get the idea that that's what paleo is.

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on July 03, 2013
at 07:34 PM

I think you can certainly start the transition, but I wouldn't make a major change to my diet if I were you.

Here's a game plan:

Step 1: Reduce, and then eliminate all processed forms of sugar. Fruit is fine, keep eating that!

Step 2: Eliminate all sodas

Step 3: Eliminate all seed oils. Olive oil can replace 95% of the seed oils used in foods

Step 4: Add some liver and fish to your weekly menu -- try to get at least one full serving of each

Step 5: Relax, take time to relax and reduce your stress. Whether it's meditation, yoga, or watching TV, make time every day to relax.

Step 6: Walk every day. If you don't do it a lot now, ramp up slowly, but a 1 - 3 mile daily walk is going to stave off a lot of the cramps/ muscle aches you will have.

As for the wheat/ carbs/ high fat thing -- transition slowly, between the morning sickness, the cravings, and all the other hormonal struggles you are going to have over the next 3 months, a major dietary change could just add to the stress.

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on July 03, 2013
at 08:30 PM

This is great advice!

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on July 03, 2013
at 03:37 AM

You can certainly switch to paleo, but I would strongly recommend a moderate-to-high-carb version of paleo -- just focus on eating whole foods and getting your carbs from starchy vegetables and fruit. Going on a low-carb or ketogenic diet can cause at least temporary elevations in cortisol, which is not good for a developing fetus. Some people also have longer adaptation periods than others, and pregnancy isn't a time when you want to risk feeling weak and miserable for a month or more.

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on July 03, 2013
at 07:08 PM

i agree with the above- primal moms look good naked, chris kresser healthy baby code, etc. I also like the book by Food Renegade - she recommends fish eggs, liver, egg yolks, and other traditional foods - she has a free minicourse on her site: http://www.foodrenegade.com/ and her book Beautiful Babies (available here or on amazon http://www.foodrenegade.com/book-store/)

is a good place to start. Also, chris kresser recommends pure encapsulations with vitamin K. I might look into that as the baby sometimes relies on nutrients/vitamins from months prior.

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on July 03, 2013
at 08:03 PM

My copy of Beautiful Babies is dog eared already and it hasn't been out that long! Love that book!!!!

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on July 03, 2013
at 04:34 PM

My best pregnancy was a Primal pregnancy. I didn't take prenatal vitamins, but did supplement with whole food iron (I tend to be borderline anemic), vitamin D, vitamin C, and whole food calcium. I also loaded up with probiotics the whole time (yoghurt, raw sauerkraut, fermented pickles). Make sure you are eating enough and drink lots of water. I did lose weight during pregnancy, but I started it 100+ lbs overweight.

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on July 03, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Definitely! Here's a blog post to help:

http://www.sondrarose.com/optimal-pregnancy-nutrition

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on August 03, 2013
at 02:15 PM

There is lots of stuff to consider.

Here is one: IRON

You got to get you iron because brest milk has none and the fetus builds up a suplus during gestation. No supplement need though, red meat is a great source of iron. As is cacao, so use pregnancy as a excuse to indulge in burgers and dark chocolate a little more often. Liver is amazing to but less of a treat.

Use less you master the chick liver pate : )

Have a happy Gestation!

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on August 03, 2013
at 01:05 PM

Check out this site too...good tips for a paleo pregnancy and a questions section where you can send troubleshooting questions. www.cavegirlplusone.com

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on July 03, 2013
at 03:13 AM

Pregnancy is not a time for a diet. It will be bad for you and your child if you keep to the diet. I advice you to try to lose weight after giving a birth to a child.

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on July 03, 2013
at 03:36 AM

She didn't say she was trying to lose weight, though.

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on July 03, 2013
at 04:27 PM

However you eat is a diet. I "advice" you to actually read the question. Pregnancy is an excellent time to focus on eating nutritionally dense foods and avoiding processed foods.

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on July 07, 2013
at 08:34 AM

I think PaleoSarah meant it as... Pregnancy isn't a time for a strict way of eating... stress isn't good during pregnancy and cravings during pregnancy are probably inevitable. :]

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