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10 weeks pregnant: need super amounts of protein to feel good and keep sugar cravings away, Dr Loren Cordain says to lower protein intake... ?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 08, 2013 at 3:19 PM

So like the title said, I'm about 10 weeks pregnant and I feel like I need ton of protein to feel good. If I don't eat a huge portion of meat at every meal, I get sugar and grain cravings like there's no tomorrow, I could eat gummy bears for breakfast lunch and dinner. Plus the protein is the only thing that gives me energy! I get light headed and gross feeling without it. Its also worth noting that my Doula also told me to eat a lot of protein. So if I'm listening to my body and the advice midwives give, I should keep doing what I'm doing!

But then, I looked up what the paleo recommend protein intake is for pregnant women, and they say to LOWER your intake, and that's why lots of women have aversions to meat (I have no aversions or morning sickness though). Now I wonder if I'm actually doing harm to myself or my baby! Other then my meat intake, I'm eating lots of veggies and fruit, potato's and good fats (coconut oil and grass fed butter) with the occasional cheat of sweets.

Does anyone have any insight into this? I want to do what's best for both of us and if anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated!

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on August 11, 2013
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Haha, yeah.. I read it a couple other places too but I think it still came back to him! Besides, midwives say to amp up your protein as much as you can!

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on August 08, 2013
at 03:34 PM

Eat what your body wants of any whole foods. A good amount of protein will support your liver function and help to prevent morning sickness.

Every woman comes to pregnancy in a different state of nutrient depletion or sufficiency. So, different experiences wrt meat aversion, etc. There is no "one size fits all" recommendation for pregnancy.

Here's a blog post I wrote that may be helpful:

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

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on August 10, 2013
at 03:43 AM

I'll venture to guess the good Dr. Cordain has never been pregnant. If you are eating good, clean, nutrient dense foods, let your body tell you what it needs.

A19808eb723793b6c0dc40c773d8e9bb

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on August 11, 2013
at 12:16 AM

Haha, yeah.. I read it a couple other places too but I think it still came back to him! Besides, midwives say to amp up your protein as much as you can!

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