So I've been Paleo since mid-March, and had gotten to a very easy routine of meat and veggies with a little fruit 3 meals a day and a yam most days-- I had no hunger, no cravings, felt great. Then I got pregnant. I am now 7 weeks along and having a terrible time. Meat, fat (especially coconut) and yams all DISGUST me--all the things I lived off of before. In fact most cooked food grosses me out-- I seriously want to vomit just thinking about it. I read Cordain's post about women needing less protein while pregnant and that's fine, but given that yams are completely horrifying to me right now, and all I can choke down is a few bites of chicken breast (I do seem to be doing okay with a couple eggs in the morning), salad, apple sauce, and fruit. I tried eating some gluten-free grains (tortilla chips, rice cakes and sorghum cereal) which makes me feel super guilty that I'm not making good choices. Yogurt goes down okay despite the fact that I have a dairy sensitivity and shouldn't really be eating it. I've already lost 3 pounds in the last week and am worried I'm going to waste away by the time the first trimester ends. If anyone has any advice on this I'd be ever so grateful-- I haven't been able to exercise because I've only been eating around 1200 calories a day and I don't want to burn off any more since I'm not coming close to meeting my needs. Any ideas??
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on May 31, 2011
at 02:57 PM
Please don't stress! I had major sickness for the first 25 weeks of my pregnancy - I lost 20 lbs. My doc was cautious, but really said number one was not to stress. I took prenatal vitamins (it took a couple of different kinds until I could find some that didn't make me more nauseous). And a tip for them - take them before going to bed - not first thing in the am (better to be nauseous while sleeping than while awake and working). I found one thing that my doctor said really helped me - she called the nausea that I had 'progesterone poisoning' and not morning sickness - some women just produce more hormones - it's also a good sign that the baby is sticking around!
Eat what your body 'lets' you - if gluten-free grains are what's it right now - then eat them and DON'T WORRY! This stage will pass - and then you will become an eating machine - and you will be able to handle all of the yummy paleo foods that you loved before.
on May 31, 2011
at 03:52 PM
I concur completely with the subject of this question. Before eating, I make it a habit to double-check that my food is not pregnant.
on May 31, 2011
at 01:02 AM
Women actually need more protein when pregnant ...that said, hormone changes make for a lot of "morning" sickness, and finding nourishing foods to get you through the first trimester is key! Eating more often than normal in smaller amounts helps as well. Have you tried bone broth? That was tolerable for me...the trick that got me through was not preparing my own foods. If my husband cooked for me, and didn't involve me in the process at all, just set the final product at the table for me, I usually was fine with it...weird...also, I wanted foods to be really bland, but quite salty...so, try some things out, and know that around fifteen or so weeks, you'll feel much better!
on April 25, 2012
at 03:28 PM
I know this is an old post, and you've obviously had the baby already! lol! I'm pregnant now too (12 weeks) and I can barely eat anything! Don't feel guilty about gluten-free grains! I've been having lots of rice (in the form of sushi) because that's one of the only things I can stomach right now. I've already lost 20 lbs! I used to LOVE kale chips and my daughter still loves them and they smell like rotting meat/veggies to me - blah!
A really big thing I've found too is food preparation. I can't prepare my own food or I can't eat it. But if my husband prepares it then it's better. But the best (unfortunately) is going out to eat either to our parent's house or a restaurant. I think that's another reason the sushi is working for me. Also, if the weather is nice enough, I find eating outside is so much better, with the fresh air. Maybe it's just me, but I find the smells to be a huge issue.
on May 31, 2011
at 04:20 AM
I followed the paleo diet/lifestyle for almost 2 years before i got pregnant. I had severe morning sickness for 15weeks into my pregnancy, I lost 7lbs during my first trimester but i gained it all back in the second. I am still incubating woo!
I found that I couldn't keep up the diet/lifestyle for those weeks so I just ate whatever i could keep down, which ended up being potato fries and sandwiches. But right when i started being able to eat again I jumped right back to being paleo, my midwife actually recommends it to her clients :)
the way i see it when you are suffering MS its best to just have food in your system, never mind whats in it... MS can be serious hell if you are stuck on a particular diet... JMO!!
on May 31, 2011
at 02:11 AM
I had severe morning sickness (hyperemisis gravidum) during my first and part of my second trimester so I Totally feel you. I wasn't doing paleo but I was at the time making a sincere effort to not overdo processed food and carbs because I was afraid of gestational diabetes. I actually lost about 10 pounds my first trimester which is more normal than people will lead you to believe and then made up for it later and when I had my son I was 15 pounds over my starting weight.
I ate more WAPF style while pregnant Which I think is a good thing. I had real steel cut oatmeal that I soaked the night before, kefir, lots of eggs, some corn grits (I know... I didn't know any better at time,) and very little meat Red meat and even chicken made me vomit violently and the thought of them made me sick too. It's very normal during the first trimester to be grossed out by meat. I actually broke the rules a few times and had some raw sushi because it didn't bother my stomach and I was really craving it.
By the second half of my pregnancy I was eating all sorts of crazy stuff. Roasted bone marrow, tons of salmon caviar with European sour cream, lots of unsweetened coconut water, Jewish style chopped liver and this wacky stir fry of my own making with rice, hamburger meat, scrambled eggs, edamame (yuck i know...) and frozen organic veggies. Throughout the whole pregnancy I ate eggs with gusto. They are a great preggo food. Cooked shellfish is awesome too.
Anyway... To say the least my appetite came Back. (I just wish I knew about Paleo at the time.) I wouldn't worry yet. Try to eat nutrient dense foods but don't beat yourself up. Pregnancy hormones completely turn you upside down. You're one step ahead of most people because you know about nutrient dense foods.
I know you said you don't do dairy but check out the WAPF site on diet for pregnant women. Perhaps you can skip the raw dairy but at least try eating the rest of the stuff on there. http://www.westonaprice.org/childrens-health/311-diet-for-pregnant-and-nursing-mothers.html I discovered WAPF the last month of my pregnancy and that led me to paleo about 2 months after I had my son. Congrats and take care of yourself, Momma!
on May 31, 2011
at 10:20 AM
Listen to your body, eat what it tells you, that's what cravings are for... if something makes you sick just don't eat it...have something different...have what your body wants. You are pregnant, no need to make it miserable. And yes, you have to eat enough... massive fat gains while pregnant as so often happens isn't needed nor necessary but weight loss isn't good either.