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Best advice/resources for eating when pregnant?

Answered on November 22, 2013
Created November 21, 2013 at 2:59 AM

So my wife just found out she's pregnant. I'd really like to get The Healthy Baby Code from Chris Kresser but after looking at our finances we just don't have the cash. So I was wondering:

1) what other, possibly more affordable, resources are there out there for eating when pregnant?

2) what advice do fellow paleo-hackers have? What should she change from a normal paleo template?

Thanks in advance.

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on November 21, 2013
at 04:23 AM

One more thing - I also concur with above post in that I have read from a few people who have tried it that the precise guidelines from WAPF on amounts of what to eat are basically impossibly generous.

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on November 21, 2013
at 03:23 AM

Oh and a book by Nina Planke (spelling?) comes to mind, though I didn't buy it myself.

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on November 22, 2013
at 02:58 AM

Thankyou to you both. Really good advice. I particularly found the WAP article on Vitamin A really useful.

Cheers!

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on November 21, 2013
at 04:07 AM

Congratulations!

I found GAPS diet to be of interest, though it is recommended to make certain adjustments to the protocol when pregnant (it is a protocol that heals the gut--too much too soon of killing off pathogenic gut flora can be a source of toxicity to the fetus... therefore when pregnant, one would take a more moderate approach based on one's starting point. If already paleo, your wife is well on her way to offering the best possible nutritional base...)

So you can find info on GAPS at www.gaps.me. She provides all the info on pregnancy and babies right on her site so no need to purchase the book unless you want to do/study the whole protocol (in which case I would also purchase Baden Lashkov's excellent supporting book).

I haven't warmed up to the guy, but Dave Asprey seems very right-thinking and he recently put out The Better Baby Book, co-authored with his doctor wife. I am guessing it would be a great resource, though I haven't read it.

I did read Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck. It certainly helped me but my starting point was total ignorance so you guys might not need to start there! She isn't paleo but of course just eating real food covers most of your bases...

I also definitely totally concur with the previous post, that WAPF (Weston A Price Foundation) is a great resource. For example on topics like how much vitamin D, and why. Great resource to cut through the public health crap and get to the needed real information. I bought all the related books in the end--the cookbook, the baby rearing book, the fertility awareness book. I don't totally identify with their political/nutritional stance but I basically think they are right about almost everything.

Here is one more. This doctor seems also right on the money: http://drcate.com/category/healthy-child/

In my opinion, once you do a bit of research and start finding that you have internalized the main ideas and possibly make some key modifications, you won't need to invest in a program like Dr. Kresser's. It'll all be "as nature intended" and you'll be awesome... I mean you most likely are already golden.

For kid rearing, I recently purchased How to Raise a Smarter Child by Kindergarten, by David Perlmutter. He is the author of the recent bestseller Grain Brain, which is basically and expose of the harm of gluten and high-carb diets. I suspect that Dave Asprey's Better Baby Book might cover off what I am getting out of the ...By Kindergarten book.

Good luck! Hope your wife is feeling well.

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on November 21, 2013
at 04:23 AM

One more thing - I also concur with above post in that I have read from a few people who have tried it that the precise guidelines from WAPF on amounts of what to eat are basically impossibly generous.

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on November 21, 2013
at 03:22 AM

I would start with WAP.

http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/diet-for-pregnant-and-nursing-mothers

However, I couldn't stomach all the liver / cod liver oil.

Basically I found it a challenge to stick to paleo first off, let alone introducing or changing things. Nausea was hard in the 1st tri. Sometimes I gave up and ate a muffin or whatever. Was constantly berating myself for it, but really something about the pregnancy hormones made sticking to paleo really hard! I didn't feel ill when eating non-paleo foods, or even dairy (which I am normally intolerant to) - and very quickly after birth I went straight back to being strict paleo. Weird.

Anyway, Chris Kresser has loads of info on his blog / podcast as do Robb Wolfe et al. Users here such as @Dragonfly might be able to help too.

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on November 21, 2013
at 03:23 AM

Oh and a book by Nina Planke (spelling?) comes to mind, though I didn't buy it myself.

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