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How Many Paleo/Primal Mamas here had NO Morning Sickness?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 16, 2012 at 12:25 AM

I'm writing a blog post on pregnancy nausea and would like to get some idea of how many mamas here (if any) had NO morning sickness and if so, what you ate pre-conception and during pregnancy.

Not interested in remedies, thanks! Got that covered... :)

(I already know about the Hawaiian libertarian's wife and Peggy the Primal Parent.)

UPDATE: Here is a link to the blog post I just finished. Would love it if you would leave a comment on the blog if you have any feedback! Thanks!

http://www.sondrarose.com/preventing-pregnancy-nausea

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on April 02, 2012
at 02:36 PM

Lauren~ Thanks so much for that comment (and the one on my blog!) I wll follow up with FR. :)

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on April 02, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Hope you're back on the horse by now!

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on April 02, 2012
at 02:04 PM

Food Renegade has a theory about magnesium. You'd have to contact her about it though, because I saw it as part of an ecourse she does. With #1 my D was good, offal was absent, NO clue on my liver status (but prob not bad). For #2 my D was on the low end of the (Euro) reference range, offal was 1-2x/wk, liver good and clean. I still felt like hell from week 6 to 11. Blood sugar swings were definitely a part of that, which was hard to beat with the preg food avoidance issues! How to quickly get out of a sickness-making hole without causing a spike or ANY cooking smell?

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on February 07, 2012
at 03:35 PM

Congrats Stef!! :)

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:25 PM

Diet definitely affects hormones. It also affects how we deal with hormones. Protein helps the liver to deal with excess estrogen, for example.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:12 PM

I think morning sickness has more to do with hormones than with diet. Although diet does affect hormones. ;)

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on January 17, 2012
at 09:06 AM

This was also 18 years ago, Paleo was not around.

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on January 16, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I eat pretty much everything primal (but low carb), and definitely sea food! Lots of eggs and bone broth, though. I usually make chili with a mixture of ground beef and liver once a week, then eat the leftovers for lunches. Dinners vary. I take prenatal, D3 and fermented CLO/BO.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 06:40 PM

that'a really interesting! that baby (my first) certainly was one happy kid. He slept thru the night at 8 weeks and now, at 18, is still calm, cool, smart and handsome. Maybe peanut M&Ms weren't so bad after all...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 04:14 PM

A Swedish study shows that mamas who eat chocolate during pregnancy have happier babies...AND this one is interesting: http://www.news-medical.net/news/2008/04/29/37858.aspx

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Neither my mom nor my sister had morning sickness with any of their children. Neither have ever eaten paleo/primal. My sister was very fit with her first, very unfit with her second and had a less-than-par diet (lots of processed foods) for both pregnancies.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:19 PM

The last month with baby #1 I kind of overdid the M&M's - they were on sale after christmas.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:18 PM

I took a multivitamin to make sure I got my folate and otherwise paid attention only to getting enough protein - I ate powerbars and a lot of cottage cheese. No seafood. Not a big fan of that. I think I'm just a baby making machine. Same story with baby # 2 - pregnant by just looking at DH, nine months w/o a problem, natural delivery w/o drugs...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Any Supplements?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:22 AM

What foods did you eat? Did you eat seafood? Supplements?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:21 AM

What foods did you eat? Did you eat seafood?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 11:16 AM

Many women do not have it, so it makes sense to me to wonder why...and even hunter-gatherers do not have an ideal diet all the time.

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on January 16, 2012
at 09:22 AM

I had all day sickness, for all of my children. And I had severe headaches.

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:51 AM

it's pretty common among hunter-gatherers actually

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:52 AM

Also, I'm wondering about blood sugar management. Low carb mamas seem to do well, in general...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 01:29 AM

Thank, Gazelle. I'm thinking there may be nutritional deficiencies for *some* women. Even non-paleo women can be more sufficient in certain nutrients--e.g. zinc if they eat oysters regularly.

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on January 16, 2012
at 12:53 AM

Anecdotally, I don't think morning sickness is related to diet. I ate paleo before and during, and had constant nausea but only for the first trimester. I know of non-paleo women who never had it...

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751d4c813cae6ffcd979dbc3b8975e41

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on February 05, 2012
at 12:47 AM

I'm currently at about 8 weeks and have only had one day (knock on wood) where I had to lay on the bathroom floor. I was determined not to vomit so vomit I did not. The only thing I have been is exhausted. Like sleep all day exhausted. I was a competitive oly lifter before and now I'm struggling to even get to the gym to lift (I go 3X a week). I'm following most of WAPF'd guidelines minus the dairy. We do quite a bit of fermented foods because I crave vinegary foods and burgers! Lots of burgers with sweet potato fries. Eat seafood 2X week, take a prenatal and bo/clo. Eating higher carb is the only thing that has helped me not be "I'm going to pass out I'm so hungry".

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on February 07, 2012
at 03:35 PM

Congrats Stef!! :)

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on January 20, 2012
at 04:10 PM

I didn't have morning sickness. I had all-day nausea, from about week 5 to week 11. I never did throw up, but I spent most days on the couch.

I ate mostly primal (apron 75 g protein / day) before and during, upping my carbs during my first trimester.

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Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

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on January 16, 2012
at 06:37 AM

I never had even a smidgen of morning sickness and I was eating totally carb-heavy SAD at the time, no junk food, really, but lots of bagels and bananas and pasta - and for the first four months running up to 30 miles a week. I wonder if exercise helps - I also swam laps for an hour a day right up to delivery and never had swollen feet. Still remember doing backstroke and having the baby kicking right along with me!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:22 AM

What foods did you eat? Did you eat seafood? Supplements?

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 16, 2012
at 03:18 PM

I took a multivitamin to make sure I got my folate and otherwise paid attention only to getting enough protein - I ate powerbars and a lot of cottage cheese. No seafood. Not a big fan of that. I think I'm just a baby making machine. Same story with baby # 2 - pregnant by just looking at DH, nine months w/o a problem, natural delivery w/o drugs...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 16, 2012
at 04:14 PM

A Swedish study shows that mamas who eat chocolate during pregnancy have happier babies...AND this one is interesting: http://www.news-medical.net/news/2008/04/29/37858.aspx

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 16, 2012
at 06:40 PM

that'a really interesting! that baby (my first) certainly was one happy kid. He slept thru the night at 8 weeks and now, at 18, is still calm, cool, smart and handsome. Maybe peanut M&Ms weren't so bad after all...

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 16, 2012
at 03:19 PM

The last month with baby #1 I kind of overdid the M&M's - they were on sale after christmas.

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on January 17, 2012
at 09:06 AM

This was also 18 years ago, Paleo was not around.

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on January 16, 2012
at 02:19 AM

I was eating a modified Zone Diet (16 protien blocks a day instead of my "prescription" of 13, plus more fat-about 20 blocks, and less carb - 12 blocks) for the 10 years or so up to trying to conceive, while trying to conceive and during the first 6-7 weeks of my pregnancy. I was carrying twins so what I call "all day sickness" came hard and fast. I was so miserable around 7 weeks that I started trying the conventional wisdom cures of crackers and other high-carb stuff and got worse. About a week later, something clicked in my brain and I went the opposite direction back to my Zone Diet base with even less carb in my ratio. I didn't know it at the time but I was probably eating Paleo by the 80% rule (I hadn't heard of Paleo yet). I still occasionally ate a little oatmeal and dairy, but I didn't have any other grains or legumes and was mostly living on eggs and fruit. My "all day" sickness didn't go away but it became tolerable as soon as I made the switch. In fact, I was able to keep down all of my food after that although I still felt sick most of the time until about 16 weeks (it's typical for women with twins to have morning sickness for 14-20 weeks, instead of the usual 10-12). In fact, we never get the miraculous second trimester -- we go straight from morning sickness into aching back, constipation and non-existent bladder stage.

So switching to a mostly Paleo diet during my first trimester wasn't a cure, but it did really make my pregnancy much more manageable. I kept with it for the rest of the pregnancy with a little more veggie and dairy added in when I started feeling better. The funny thing for me is I couldn't stomach meat the entire pregnancy. Made me feel so "blah" and I just didn't have any taste for it at all. I forced myself to eat a little chicken or beef every few days because I thought it was important, but I mostly lived on eggs, fruit, veggies, cottage cheese and whey/fruit smoothies with an occasional small bowl of oatmeal. I carried my sons to 38 weeks and had what my doctor called the "most healthy twin pregnancy" that she'd seen in 15 years of practice. I was in the swimming pool doing stretches and walking everyday for the last three months of my pregnancy, including the day before I delivered two very healthy seven-pounders (I was HUGE!).

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on February 09, 2012
at 04:44 AM

I'd been eating strictly paleo for 14 months before falling pregnant. I'm in my 8th week now and haven't had any severe nausea or vomiting at all; even though my non-paleo mum experienced hyperemesis gravidis with each of her three pregnancies (which is supposedly hereditary).

Just been feeling extremely exhausted all day and experiencing strong food/smell aversions, to the point where it makes me feel slightly nauseous if I don't get away from the smell or stop thinking about the particular food (particularly in the morning).

My aversions unfortunately seem to usually be super nutritious foods like salmon or eggs or vegetables, but they seem to change every few days so at least I can rotate through other healthy foods until they pass. I tried eating some white rice yesterday to see if it would help settle my stomach a little when the thought any other food seemed repulsive, and although I had no problem eating it at the time, I'm extremely averse to the thought of eating it today interestingly.

I've also had strong cravings for greasy junk foods like fries and pastries, but from knowing the amount I know about nutrition and health, there is no way that I'm going anywhere near anything containing gluten or hydrogenated oils. Giving my baby the best possible start to life through good nutrition is much more important to me than satisfying any cravings.

I've just been trying to think about why I'd be craving certain foods in terms of what my body needs, and then substitute it with something healthier. For example I figured I've been craving greasy foods because my body needs more fats, so I made myself eat a plain green salad covered in a macadamia oil dressing and it made me feel a little better.

I'm just hoping that by the 2nd trimester my appetite will be back to normal again!

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on April 02, 2012
at 02:09 PM

Hope you're back on the horse by now!

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35ba1f50dad25c85ac1aa2599fe5c5cb

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on January 16, 2012
at 07:12 PM

Was not paleo-ish in the least when I got pregnant. Reasonable SAD without a lot of junk food or sweets and decent amount of veggies. I did not eat beef as it was a migraine trigger prior to getting pregnant, but I did eat plenty of fish, poultry & pork. I never had any morning sickness whatsoever, although I had major food aversions for the entire first trimester and ate a very limited diet, just fruit, kefir, mild cheese and triscuits.

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:40 PM

I never had morning sickness when I was pregnant 24 years ago and paleo/primal was just a twinkle in Cordain's eye. I never ate a lot of processed foods however and usually ate a wide variety of meats, fruits, and vegetables. I did have gestational diabetes, which was completely resolved on what was then the ADA's diabetes exchange diet which tended to be low carb.

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6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

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on January 16, 2012
at 03:24 AM

I had no morning sickness. I usually eat a pretty strict primal diet, but I did stray a few times.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:21 AM

What foods did you eat? Did you eat seafood?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 16, 2012
at 11:22 AM

Any Supplements?

6498694060d879a7960b35913539b75f

(1307)

on January 16, 2012
at 06:46 PM

I eat pretty much everything primal (but low carb), and definitely sea food! Lots of eggs and bone broth, though. I usually make chili with a mixture of ground beef and liver once a week, then eat the leftovers for lunches. Dinners vary. I take prenatal, D3 and fermented CLO/BO.

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Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on January 16, 2012
at 02:32 AM

I did have morning sickness with both kiddos, but thought that you might find it interesting for your research that it was significantly worse with my vegan pregnancy than with my (mostly)Paleo pregnancy three and a half years later. Still enough to call it morning sickness, but hardly even the same animal...with the first, I'd have to find one bland food that I could handle, like a plain baked potato, and that's all I'd eat, literally for days until it disgusted me, then I'd seek the next bland food...in the second prenancy, I mostly just couldn't eat vegetables(somewhat ironic after the vegan stint). I'd crave things like bacon and steak and just eat them...that pregnancy taught me so much about listening to my body. I'd been low-ish carb, mostly Paleo for about a full year prior to the conception of my second child, and fairly strictly WAPF for another year before that.

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