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Please forgive me. It has been a while since my last thoughtful post. Recently I wrote how life sometimes gets in the way of pursuing we want to do in order to accomplish what we must do. In the past 7 months I have moved twice, planned and celebrated my wedding and miraculously managed to get pregnant at the ripe old age of 42! Phew! I truly am exhausted…..and nauseous and craving pickles, among other things. 🙂

It has been 13 years since my last pregnancy. I wasn’t sure I would be able to get pregnant in the first place. Fertility treatments, while an option many choose, was not something I was willing to consider so this was something that could have taken us a while, after all this is a 42-year-old uterus and 42-year-old eggs! You can imagine my surprise and delight when I was pregnant within a month until……. my symptoms set in. When I was feeling more tired and more nauseous than I did with my first two, I chalked it up to the fact that I am 13 years older. Perhaps I just forgot how sick I felt back then. We were graced with an even bigger surprise when our first ultrasound revealed we are having twins!

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No wonder my fatigue and nausea were so much worse! There were two little parasites, I mean, embryos sending double the hormones coursing through my body.

From a nutritional stand point, I truly believe living paleo can only be helpful in the healthy development of these little miracles. From a craving/nausea standpoint it’s a whole different story. I’ve been craving french fries, pizza, tortilla chips and pickles. I know, so clichĂ© but, YIKES! You’d figure the body would crave foods that were healthy and nutritious…..but no! Well, sometimes, I want oranges and anything citrus as well. Not to mention, carbs, carbs, and more carbs. Bizarre for someone thriving on a low carb Paleo diet for the past few years.

Being a person prone to wanting to understand the reasons why my body is behaving like aliens have taken it over….wait…. Anyway, I’ve turned to the resources I trust most. One of which is Dr Chris Kresser. His Healthy Baby Code program is one such resource. I pulled the trigger and paid the whopping $197 for  nutritional guidance and found it extremely helpful. He offers nutritional advice starting with what to eat for fertility all the way through what to feed your baby as he/she begins to eat more than just breast milk. It is through this program that I now understand my craving for carbohydrates.  Pregnant women require  more carbohydrates than I was used to eating to support the rapid growth of a growing fetus…..make that fetuses in my case. Since there are only so many sweet potatoes even a devout Paleo-ee can eat, I broke down. Kresser gives the green light on white rice, white potatoes (assuming there are no autoimmune issues) and buckwheat.

But what is with the junk food craving? Notice nowhere in there is anything sweet? They are all salty comfort foods. Hmmmm…..as it turns out my bodily fluid and blood volume is increasing. Sodium helps the body retain fluid. My OB said right now some extra sodium is ok but come my 3rd trimester I’ll blow up like a water balloon if I keep it up…..good to know!

Nausea, chronic fatigue and headaches, ugh! Its like being hung over for 3 months. Treating the nausea has been pretty tough. Ginger while helpful for some hasn’t helped much, neither has peppermint or any of those “Pregnant Mommy” teas I bought at the health food stores. At least not for long.  Other women swear it has helped them but I haven’t been as lucky. I recently tried SeaBands. These have actually helped take the edge off. They are a drug free option you can find at any drug store near where they sell Dramamine and other motion sickness treatments. I’m wearing them now!

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Comfort food cravings are making staying 100% strict Paleo far more difficult.  Wanting to give my little aliens the best nutrition I can, here are a few ways I’ve been dealing with them.

  • Eating a higher level of gluten-free non-inflammatory carbohydrates like white rice and white potatoes.
  • Making sure any carbohydrates are eaten with healthy fats and/or proteins.
  • Indulging in some slightly guilty “hang-over” cures like sweet potato fries/chips or baked potato with lots of grass fed butter and salt.
  • Making sure I am drinking plenty of water. Might land me in the bathroom every 5 minutes but helps take the edge of the nausea and headaches.
  • Laying down! The stress of this crazy busy life I lead can make nausea and the ensuing comfort food craving worse so taking a load off, several slow deep breaths and closing my eyes sometimes works, especially when I didn’t eat all that long ago and eating more will just make my tummy feel worse.

This new Paleo pregnancy adventure will be interesting for sure and will no doubt  provide lots of blog post inspiration. 🙂 Any ideas or requests as well as advice and comments are enthusiastically welcome!

 

Until Next Time!

~ Laura, MGP

 

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7 Responses to “Paleo, Pregnant, and Pickles”

  1. Carme says:

    Congratulations!!!
    Seems you are ready for a great challenge!
    Best of luck!

  2. Natalie says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for this wonderful post! I am newly Paleo and trying to conceive our second child. Paleo pregnancy will be a first for me.

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Natalie!

      Congratulations to you too!!! So happy you enjoyed the post. You’re not alone girl. Paleo Pregos are out there! 🙂

  3. […] interest to everyone but I feel the need to share it. As some of you may know from a previous post, “Pregnancy, Paleo and Pickles”, I am pregnant with twins and maintaining my Paleo diet as best I can. As my first trimester came […]

  4. Sherry says:

    Thanks for this post! I’ve been eating paleo since September 2013 and a month ago found out we are expecting twins in August. I’ve been having an awful time with eating lately and nothing sounds good but things that I have up (cheese, bread, etc). But I’m trying hard to stick with it.

    • Momgonepaleo says:

      Hi Sherry! Thanks your your comment! Congrats on your twins. I’m almost 31 weeks. I can tell you the cravings will go away eventually. Just try to keep your “cheats” to a minimum and/or shoot for healthier options. I wanted salt, salt, salt! Lots of pickles and salted just about everything. Carbs too! I started including potatoes and rice and even gluten free bread from time to time. Hang in there girl! What’s good for you is good for your babies too. That’s what helped get me through it with out totally blowing my Paleo to pieces.

      ~ Laura, MGP

  5. Normal pregnancy puts a lot of stress and load on the thyroid gland of the pregnant woman. The function of the thyroid hormone is to stimulate the neural development in the fetus. Since the paleo diet contains appropriate amounts of iodine, which is important for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland, it is a good choice during pregnancy.

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