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Paleo, Pregnant, several questions...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 31, 2013 at 2:05 PM

I've only been strictly paleo for about two weeks, a couple of weeks before that I started cutting out processed foods, and refined sugars. That is my paleo history...

First question - I am 30 weeks pregnant and a little overweight for my height. Since I have started changing my eating, I have lost a few pounds and the doctor noticed it at my appointment yesterday. I usually eat enough to make me full, so I didn't think I was starving myself. I get about 1,600 calories a day. Is that really enough while pregnant? I thought it was except when looked at with my next 2 issues.

2nd question - my blood pressure had regularly been around 100/70 at each prenatal visit. Yesterday it was 90/52. The dr noticed this also and wasn't really concerned, but I am a little. Is this normal, or low? Am I missing nutrients? Is it because I may not be eating enough?

3rd question - they keep checking my amniotic fluid. Yesterday it was 6.5. The normal range is between 8-18, so I'm a little low. I am drinking around 80 oz of water a day, but didn't know if again, I need to eat more? Or eat more of some specific nutrient?

I'm just wondering if all of this put together means anything, if any of it is an issue and of course, want baby to be safe.

If you have read through this whole thing, then thank you very much! And I appreciate any info, answers, insight you all have.

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Thank you. I wondered about that and would love to see the episode.

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:38 PM

Thank you for your story and reassurance.

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on January 31, 2013
at 07:34 PM

+1 for not being afraid of salt! Sodium intake does NOT affect blood pressure in everyone across the board. If anything, too much carbohydrate/sugar can, via insulin's effect on aldosterone.

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:25 PM

80 oz of water on top of whatever other fluids you consume plus what is in food is a LOT!

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:24 PM

It is not "bad" to lose weight while pregnant. The OP stated that she is overweight due to overeating at the beginning of the pregnancy, indicating that she has some wiggle room in the weight department.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:39 PM

For the calories, I meant that I try to get at least that a day. I track because I don't want to be too low. And the same with water. I like to know I'm getting at least 80 oz.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:36 PM

I eat an avocado every day. :) I have been avoiding salt as that is what I've been used to doing before switching to paleo. And I've wondered about magnesium. I will look into those brands and at your post. Thank you so much!

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:33 PM

Well, I was decent before pregnancy, then started eating like crazy and unhealthily so gained way too much in the first half of pregnancy. Right now I'm 5'1 and weigh 164. I was up to 170 at an appt 4 weeks ago.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:10 PM

Are you saying that you started out overweight prior to pregnancy?

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:29 PM

Eating to satiation is fine, as long as you focus on nutrient-dense foods.

You may be Magnesium-deficient--normal when dropping grains & this could be the reason for your lower blood pressure. Try 400-600 mg Magnsium Citate before bed. Natural Calm is one brand (powdered/mix with water), or you can get capsules or gel caps, if you prefer. NOW is a good brand.

If your fluid balance is off, it could be your mineral balance needs tweaking. In addition to the Magnesium, make sure you are salting food to taste-- no need to avoid salt. Also make sure you are getting enough potassium (avocados & bananas are good sources.)

Here's a blog post I wrote for my pregnant clients that may be helpful:

http://primaltoad.com/primal-pregnancy/

Also, more articles on my blog: http://www.sondrarose.com/blog

00799510f80eafdfdd0ea849e20b506a

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:36 PM

I eat an avocado every day. :) I have been avoiding salt as that is what I've been used to doing before switching to paleo. And I've wondered about magnesium. I will look into those brands and at your post. Thank you so much!

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on January 31, 2013
at 07:34 PM

+1 for not being afraid of salt! Sodium intake does NOT affect blood pressure in everyone across the board. If anything, too much carbohydrate/sugar can, via insulin's effect on aldosterone.

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on January 31, 2013
at 07:32 PM

I have no concrete answers for you, but I did want to at least throw the idea out there that modern OB-GYNs are used to seeing pregnancies in women consuming the SAD.

Many of the numbers, ratios, and other markers they might consider "normal" are only normal in unhealthy, over-sugared, over-vegetable oiled, over-stressed mothers to be.

And just because certain things are common doesn't mean they're NORMAL or HEALTHY.

Robb Wolf did a great little rant on this on his podcast a while back, when he was talking about his wife's pregnancy and how different her experience was from other women in many ways. If I can find the exact episode, I'll come back and post a link.

I'll end by saying that you are absolutely right to be concerned for your health and that of your baby, and keep an eye on things. Just wanted to offer that little reminder about docs being used to seeing certain things because they're common in patients who are not eating and living healthfully.

00799510f80eafdfdd0ea849e20b506a

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:39 PM

Thank you. I wondered about that and would love to see the episode.

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on January 31, 2013
at 08:46 PM

I ate somewhat Paleo before pregnancy but became strictly Paleo right before my pregnancy (which I attribute to actually being able to get and stay pregnant) and lost weight throughout my entire pregnancy. I actually ended being one pound more than I started with because of the weight loss. My daughter was born a healthy 6 lbs. 14 oz. I wouldn't worry about it as long as you're eating the right foods.

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on February 01, 2013
at 12:38 PM

Thank you for your story and reassurance.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:37 PM

  1. It is an extremely bad idea to be calorie counting and losing weight while pregnant. Focus on getting a lot of nutrition and plenty of fats and protein for the little growing one. If you eat 3200 calories in one day, congratulate yourself on a job well done, and then remind yourself you shouldn't be counting calories again. For the next few months, you have this one goal- The Paleo Baby.

  2. This will probably take care of itself if you start eating properly again. In all likelihood it is not a problem, but I don't know how you can be so chilled out at a doctor's office. Most people's blood pressure goes up at a doctors office, so I worry a little about what your's might be when you are at home. Take your time standing up.

  3. Drink to thirst. Don't clock in at 80oz everyday because that's the thing to do. I probably drink more than that everyday, but then I am always thirsty.

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on January 31, 2013
at 02:39 PM

For the calories, I meant that I try to get at least that a day. I track because I don't want to be too low. And the same with water. I like to know I'm getting at least 80 oz.

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on January 31, 2013
at 04:24 PM

It is not "bad" to lose weight while pregnant. The OP stated that she is overweight due to overeating at the beginning of the pregnancy, indicating that she has some wiggle room in the weight department.

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