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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to hold on to extra pounds to have a healthy pregnancy

I am fortunate to have stumbled upon the paleo diet before I even got pregnant. It really doesn’t matter when a person or family makes the switch, as long as it gets done, but my own situation yielded not only an amazingly healthy child but a great case study about raising kids paleo from day one.

Conception

Ideally, preparing for conception begins at least six months prior to the moment of implantation. It rarely works out that way, however, and it definitely didn’t work out that way for me. In the days of my grain-based, packaged-food-centered diet I had a plethora of disorders, one of them being polycystic ovarian syndrome which is just about the most annoying set of hormonal imbalances you can think of, which includes infertility.

In my case, the infertility was more of a blessing than a plague. I didn’t want children anyway so I thought it was pretty cool not having to use condoms or take birth control pills but, of course, infertility was only one element of my messed up health and so I set out to make some changes.

I read quite the lineup of worthless “health” guides before finally stumbling upon Dr. Loren Cordain’s The Paleo Diet. The concept of eating according to evolution immediately resonated with me. I was 100% compliant within the first week.

That’s not to say it was easy. On the contrary, throwing out the entire kitchen of packaged foods, eliminating the highly craveable fat/starch combo was tough, really tough and, over the years, I have had many moments of failure, nevertheless, I made it through withdrawal and little by little (very slowly in fact) I started to recover from a lifetime of malnutrition.

I’d say my body could have used a year or so to improve my nutritional status before conception but, much to my dismay and surprise, my hormones balanced quickly and within three months I was pregnant. So much for my good old “natural” birth control.

Pregnancy

The way pregnancy should be!

I was a math tutor back when I was pregnant so I had a lot of spare time. I spent that time reading about pregnancy and parenting, I started practicing relaxation, I walked five miles a day, and got so into cooking I nearly wrote my own paleo cookbook (but with so many great ones out there already I didn’t bother).

I was totally excited about getting healthy for this baby and finally, for once in my life, actually feeling good. I didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, didn’t take caffeine. I ate a very high fat diet. I ate eggs every day, made beef stews every day, added butter and coconut oil to everything I prepared. I didn’t eat out at restaurants except for Whole Foods sometimes and, of course, I didn’t eat grains or sugar.

The effort paid off.

The pregnancy was easy. In fact it’s really nothing to speak of at all so I apologize for the lack of info here. I didn’t have morning sickness, my moods were normal, my energy high, my hunger levels no different. I gained a total of 13 pounds I think. I don’t remember now, but all the weight was in my belly anyway. As soon as my baby was born I looked like my old self again.

Childbirth
My childbirth turned out to be a nightmare, unfortunately. My husband was insistent that we have our baby in a hospital – a hospital which boasts a 20% cesarean rate and rising. This part of the story isn’t at all proof of primal diet success, but rather how a country, insistent on medicine and invasive techniques, interferes with nature’s processes.

Lesson: Have an experienced midwife deliver your baby!

Labor started out great in my opinion. I woke up at 2am excited for the natural birth I had been planning. I went to the hospital where, within five minutes of arrival, I was told that my daughter’s cord was wrapped and the only solution was to cut her out.

This sounded crazy to me. I had read about cord wrap. I knew this wasn’t the only way. After some arguing with the doctor (who was just some random on call doctor and not the one I had been seeing for the last nine months) they agreed to give me a little time for the cord to work itself out.

But first they were going to stop my labor with drugs and keep me in bed. That’s the last thing you’re supposed to do when cord wrap is an issue!

Many boring hours later they artificially started the labor up again with more drugs. It was painful – so painful, in fact, I barely remember it.

Doctors in the US aren’t trained in much more than cutting and pill popping so, needless to say, the whole mess finally ended in emergency c-section.

A very hairy, sleepy one day old

In the end, everything turned out fine. She was born and I recovered, so quickly in fact that the doctors were shocked. My4 inch scar is almost totally invisible – a blessing totally attributable to my diet. As soon as I left the hospital, I didn’t take any drugs. The doctors sent me home with Vicodin and Ibuprofen and I threw them in the trash. Recovering from 3 slices through the abdomen is no walk in the park while trying to breastfeed a baby, especially when you refuse to take drugs, I am wasn’t about to poison my baby any further than the doctors at the hospital already had.

Colostrum and breastfeeding
During the four days in the hospital I kept my daughter, Evelyn, with me in a little cradle beside my bed or in my arms feeding her the colostrum that’s produced before the milk comes in.

According to every single nurse that came through my room in those four days, I produced an inordinate amount of colostrum. Most women produce little dribbles of it. Colostrum is so high in fat that it doesn’t take much to satisfy a newborn. I seemed to produce the “liquid gold” in bulk. The nurses joked about pumping the stuff out and donating it to mothers who didn’t produce enough of it. My baby had a steady supply of this high medium chain fatty acid, antibody rich first food. This would be my pattern for the next year and a half. I produced so much milk I could have put Enfamil out of business.

Growth and Development
Thanks to my densely nutritious diet which made my breast milk so rich in nutrients and my choice to breastfeed my baby on demand, Evelyn grew strong fast, she was calm and rarely cried. She started sleeping through the night by the time she was three weeks old. (I’ve have heard the lack of sleep after pregancy can be rough, but I wouldn’t know!) She was Gerber pretty. She was so strong that at only 19 days old she was propping herself up on her elbows. By the time she was one she was walking and is super coordinated to this day. She never had even one cold within the first two years.

I didn’t burden her immune system with drugs – she’s still never taken any kind of conventional medicine, not even Ibuprofen – and her blood is not laced with the mercury and formaldehyde found in a vaccine syringe.

Breast milk is the ultimate protein shake.

Attachment Parenting
I allowed my baby to nurse whenever she wanted. She slept in bed beside me (and no I didn’t ever roll over on her!). I didn’t leave her to cry to toughen her up. I carried her against my body in a backpack much of the time for the first 2 years. These are all principles of attachment parenting which, to me, seemed in line with the ways in which our primal ancestors would have had to have raised their babies since the beginning of time. There were no kid’s rooms in the cave, there were no cribs to leave kids in, carrying babies freed the mother’s hands so that she was free to live some kind of life.

There’s nothing you can’t do and nowhere you can’t go while carrying your baby.

Solid Foods
When my daughter was about six months old I started adding solid foods to her diet. At first I had no idea what kinds of foods were right for babies. Rice out of a can or box is the “typical” first food but I couldn’t feed her something which I wouldn’t even eat myself! So I started researching. I discovered the Weston A Price Foundation and Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions (which is a great resource even though it includes fermented grains and raw dairy, neither of which I eat).

A high fat diet makes kids glow with laughter

I decided to keep her diet mostly raw, high fat, low carb, and densely nutritious. She ate things like avocado, raw liver, fruits and vegetables blended with lots of butter, raw fish, and home made chicken and beef soups made with bones. I happily breastfed for a year and a half. I was prepared to nurse for longer but right in the middle of summer she just quit.

Feeding a kid under two was easy because I controlled what went in her mouth. She never whined for sweets or junk food or juice boxes because she had never tasted them. Babies will never cry for cookies, will never throw tantrums for more junk, will never eschew a real dinner if they never get addicted to it in the first place. It is such an incredibly simple concept that most parents, unfortunately, miss.

Don’t give babies sugar.

Evelyn was always happy, always smiling. She skipped the terrible twos, had no tantrums, no mood swings. And despite her “lineage” of crooked teeth on both sides of the family her teeth came in perfectly straight. What a great feeling that was!

A high nutrient diet put a end to generations of crooked teeth

At each phase it was clear that the Paleo diet was superior to what other mothers were doing. I could focus on caring for my baby while other mothers worried about how fast they could lose weight. I could focus on loving my baby while other mothers wondered when they would ever get some sleep and when their baby would ever stop crying.

Over all these years I have had a steady flow of moments reminding me that even in the face of opposition I did the right thing by choosing to eat, breastfeed, and feed my baby like our Paleolithic ancestors would have done.

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Kids Going Primal, Paleo How to, Pregnancy, Women’s health
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Peggy the Primal Parent
93 Responses to “Paleo from Pregnancy”

erinmidwife
April 1, 2011 at 9:14 pm #
Thanks for sharing your journey. And honestly sharing it! We need more of that! I appreciate so much of what you write about here, particularly your experience with PCOS, infertility, and then conceiving shortly after staring the Paleo diet. I also agree about the sugar. I never gave my first child sugar in any form other than fruit until he was at least two, and even then it was maple syrup or some other thing. Children absolutely should not be sugary sweets as babies. It truly does them a disservice.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
April 2, 2011 at 6:12 am #
I appreciate the kind response, and it’s SO nice to hear of other mothers restricting sugar in their children!

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Jenna
April 2, 2011 at 10:59 am #
Great article! I, too, am raising a paleo baby! He is 10 months old now, and he gets a teeny bit of rice in the form of “mum mums” at daycare, but he is 100% gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar free! I have experienced many of the same things you talk about in this post, and I know it is because of his diet of fruits and veggies and meat, oh, and breastmilk! It will be great to share this article with others, so they know i’m not just lucky and blessed with a “good” baby. It’s no accident!

Looking forward to following this blog 🙂

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Peggy the Primal Parent
April 2, 2011 at 11:09 am #
Healthy, happy children are definitely no accident! Thanks for the support!

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Danielle Woodal
April 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm #
This is a very interesting point of view. I had never considered that.

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Whitney
April 30, 2011 at 5:36 pm #
I posted not long before you about pregnancy and Paleo or Primal eating. Of course, you did it long before I did, but it sounds like we had a lot of the same experiences during pregnancy. Although my labor and delivery went a bit different.

We need to write a book! 😉

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm #
I am writing one!

We do have some experiences in common for sure. I’m so glad you’re spreading the word and that you’ve had such great success so far!

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Dawn
May 10, 2011 at 11:26 am #
Thank you for writing this! I am 16 weeks along in my paleo pregnancy and things are going so well. It is so nice to hear the perspective of someone who has already been through it.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm #
Thank you for reading it! I want so badly to spread the word about pregnancy and nutrition so that mothers can have an easier time raising babies who are happier.

Please tweet it and share it on Facebook!!!!!

Let’s get the word out!

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Keoni Galt
May 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm #
Wow…all this time surfing around the primal blogosphere, and I never saw a single post about paleo baby raising. So I wrote my own post, it got linked at MDA, and boom – I got the single biggest surge in blog traffic in 4 years!

So checking out the reaction at MDA, I find your comment and this blog…simply awesome!

I don’t doubt for a minute that paleo diet both pre and post natal is responsible for a lot of things you wrote about – the easy-going, non-fussy temperament, the solid nights of sleep, etc.

What surprised me, though, was the number of MDA regulars that were quick to dismiss my experiences as just “proud parent syndrome.”

I look forward to your book, Peggy!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm #
It surprised me too!

Somewhere, either on his blog or yours, I replied to a comment by a woman suggesting your naivety because your kid is only a year old. She said something like when your kid hits two you’ll understand. HA!

My kid never had the terrible twos at all. She never had tantrums. So much of the “problems” of raising children is just nonsense. I’m still walking the road of naivety I guess because my daughter has yet to cause me problems. (Well actually, we went to Colombia for a month and she ate wheat every day. she had some serious attitude problems then but that was the first and last I ever saw of that.)

Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

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Justine
May 11, 2011 at 11:09 pm #
Your post really made my day! I love the rest of your blog too- so refreshing to read of mothers in tune with natures wisdom. I think you really summed it up in one sentence “healthy, happy kids are no accident”. If you haven’t already, (and seeing as you know of Weston A Price) I recommend the book “healing our children” by Rami Nagel. And I’ll just go ahead and say it now, you are just STUNNING and your daughter is beautiful. But yeah, you already know that 🙂

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm #
I appreciate the compliment, really, and I’m thrilled you enjoy the blog.

We the parents really do shape our kid’s health and happiness. In fact, I think I remember learning a little about that from Rami Nagel years ago. I’ll have to pick that book up again. Thanks for the suggestion!

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Jo
May 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm #
Hi Peggy, I have been looking into nutrition of late, particularly the primal way of eating.
I was a confirmed vegan prior to falling pregnant and did a ton of outdoor activities, but during pregnancy and breast feeding I started eating EVERYTHING and am now overweight and want to lose weight. As I am no longer cycling the world and I have to look after a man and a boy I have no interest in going back to being vegan (though I did feel good on it, primarily I think because I did so much exercise) and am interested in starting to eat primal.
I just wanted to ask you if you found any changes in your menstrual cycle – specifically PMS/PMT related issues since eating primally?

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 12, 2011 at 9:15 pm #
Yes I sure did! Well, actually, I was pregnant withing 3 months of starting paleo. Before that I was infertile and had amenorrhea – I went months at a time sometimes without menstruating.

So, then I was pregnant for 9 months and breast fed for a year and a half. By the end of all that I hadn’t menstruated in almost 3 years.

When I finally started menstruating again it was as regular as could be and lighter than it had ever been before, plus I didn’t have cramps anymore which used to be a big problem for me.

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Michelle
May 13, 2011 at 12:03 pm #
I just wanted to say that I was fairly paleo/primal during my pregnancy (did end up having a lot of dairy and some cheats) and would like to echo the experiences. I had a very, very easy pregnancy. My labor was manageable; however, I, too, ended up with an emergency c-section, and I think it is because I own a business and drive 3 hours per day, and my posture was most definitely NOT paleo. So my son was “sunny side up” and slightly transverse and wasn’t moving much after 29 hours of labor.

But he was alert, breastfed like a champ (the nurses were surprised at how quickly he latched on), and I made a lot of colostrum and milk.

He currently is almost 2 years old, and I’ve had so many comments about what a sweet, cute kid he is. Of course, many parents have that, but I’ve had daycare teachers who’ve been in the business 30+ years say that he’s one of the most even-tempered kids they’ve ever had. His teeth are coming in straight in a nice even arch. His teeth never “popped” through. They just slowly came in, never causing problems.

He’s about 90% with his diet. My mother does give him a cookie, which averages about 1x/month and sometimes slips on things like juice. I sometimes struggle with how much to dictate when she is watching him. I own a business and sometimes need to travel, and she is generous with her loving babysitting. She kind of “gets” what I am doing, but thinks she’s being the sneaky loving grandma, giving him treats that mom won’t give him.

My son did get a lot of colds after starting daycare (never was sick in the 4 months where he was 100% home). But about 8 months ago, he seems to have completely stopped and hasn’t had so much as a sniffle since then.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm #
It’s great to hear other success stories! Keep ‘em comin’!

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Abbe
May 17, 2011 at 10:52 am #
Can you provide any more information (or can anyone else comment on) weight gain during pregnancy? I’ve heard before (CW, I suppose) that you should gain 25 lbs or so, and my mother is telling me I should gain more because I am on the slim side (not underweight). Thanks for the post!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 17, 2011 at 11:13 am #
I will make a point to write about that soon! This is an important topic. Thanks for bringing it up.

The recommendation to gain 25 to 35 lbs is ludicrous. Women definitely do need some fat to maintain healthy hormone levels, but getting fat is a bad idea. What kinds of foods would you have to be eating to gain that much weight? Sugar and starches. Those aren’t good for you while you’re not pregnant; they are even worse when you are.

The repercussions of gaining too much weight in pregnancy are huge and can easily be avoided by eating a healthy diet including meat, fruits, vegetables, and fats. Never restrict calories while pregnant but also don’t think that you need to eat for two. You don’t.

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Eric
May 20, 2011 at 3:24 pm #
Just read your story on MDA and I love the 5280 backdrop in the photo!

Have an 8 month old son that we are feeding primal as well and wanted to check out your site- lot of good info you have in here and I look forward to reading more of it!

EL

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Yasmine
May 22, 2011 at 8:24 am #
I’m one of those other mothers. My kids are 4 and 1 at the moment. I couldn’t breastfeed either of them, I had very little colostrum and milk. I reduce my grain intake a LOT with my second because I was afraid of weight gain (I’m already obese!) and she breastfed for the first 2 weeks. My first couldn’t breastfeed at all.

I just started my attempt at primal living two weeks ago. I’m not sure how much I can reverse, especially with my 4-year-old. He still doesn’t talk well and he’s very aggressive… I hope it’s not too late to reverse some things. He does ask for sugar but I try my best to avoid it. My 1 year old, however, has never had sugar. She even cringes at very sweet fruits now.

Thanks for sharing this, I will share it along with other paleo pregnancy stories I’ve read with anyone who’s pregnant or trying to be.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
May 22, 2011 at 10:21 pm #
Eric,

Thanks for the support! It’s great that you’re son is getting a primal start in life.

Yasmine,

Wow! You are doing so much for your kids in making these big changes. Your daughter will be so healthy despite her short time breastfeeding. Give her bone broths and organs as supplements.

You know, I have heard so many stories about kids who rebound from autism or other developmental difficulties after totally eliminating grains, sugars, vegetable oil, and artificial ingredients. I think there is much hope to reverse some of the disadvantages his diet has inflicted. Take a look at this website for support. This woman has been fighting for her child’s health, like you.
http://paleofreedom.com/2011/05/sunrise-after-a-year-in-the-dark/

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Beth Durden
May 31, 2011 at 1:04 pm #
Hi! Stumbled across yr blog from Mark’s Daily Apple and I’m so happy I found it. I am a student midwife/labor doula, and I eat primal and encourage my midwifery clients to, but it’s tough going against the grain (no pun intended) of our cultures ways of eating. I have to meet my mamas where they are at and often watch them make poor food choices. It’s SO encouraging to see women blog about their healthy pregnancies. 🙂 Keep up the good work!

xoxo
Beth

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Jena
June 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm #
Hi

Thank you for sharing your story! And your blog is fantastic! I’ve always had food sensitivities and am planning on conceiving next spring…. so I’m planning on going primal now, to prep my body for 6 months prior. I will be reading your blog for future reference!

Thank you!

Also, I can’t wait to read your book! Any idea when it will be published?

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Peggy the Primal Parent
June 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm #
Beth,

That sounds rough. It’s hard for me to see kids and pregnant women eating junk food. I can’t imagine how frustrating it would be to work with them when there’s a life involved.

Jena,

Thanks for the support! You are a smart woman for preparing early. I bet Beth would love for you to be her client. You’re going to be an easy one!

I am working (slowly) on two books right now. The first would be done by now if I weren’t so busy with writing articles and spending time in the sun (finally). Once I’ve absorbed enough vitamin D, I’ll be writing more. 🙂

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Tara
June 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm #
I saw a comment of yours on MDA and had to check out your blog. I really wish I had started primal eating before I had kids. I have 5 kids (10 years and under) and I am trying to make the switch for them as well.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
June 10, 2011 at 3:26 pm #
The early years are a lot easier when you’ve started out Paleo without a doubt. But there are challenges with eating healthy no matter when your kids start. One of the things I’ve had to deal with is my child coming out of the dark. She had never had sugar or grains at all for the first two years, then very rarely after that. She has never had any food with artificial colors, and those are so enticing to children. She has never had fast food. She’s never drunk pasteurized milk until just recently when her pre-school started giving it to her (much to my chagrin). I have a lot to explain just as you do, but our kids are coming from different perspectives. Your kids remember the taste of bad foods, mine is curious. All we can do is teach and hope for the best.

I think the most important thing is to feed high nutrients in the form of broths and organs if possible, cod liver oil, saturated fats, and other highly nutritious foods. Once they are better nourished, their disposition will start to change and things will get easier.

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Cassie
June 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm #
I just recently found you through a friend of mine.
I love this post. I gt turned on to the primal way last summer. We happily ate that way for a while until I was pregnant with my second at the end of august. I struggled to eat snugly decent in the beginning of pregnancy but in the second trimester my husband and I went back to eating that way. (with some slip ups that I usually regretted but sometimes you just have to have that milkshake). I noticed I felt better, I hardly gained any weight while eating high fat foods. You say two eggs and two slices of bacon for a primal pregnant woman… I’m thinking like some eggs with a whole pack of bacon 😉 anyway i felt really good. Most of my weight gain was when I was eating carbs and it was also when I felt the worst (hmm imagine that). Anyway, We’ve been feeding my son who is two that way and he was just so healthy last year. He really didn’t get sick and he’s just so healthy. I know it’s due to his diet. Now that I have another baby I’m excited to start her on solids and not have any grain. With my son we gave him grains before we knew any better. It’ll be interesting if we notice any difference.
I love your blog. I wish everyone knew about this way to raise kids and eat. It’s so great. Thanks for sharing your experiences!

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Lesley
June 22, 2011 at 2:27 pm #
I was delighted to run across you blog, especially when I saw you mention PCOS. This condition has spurred my interest in therapeutic eating. I’ve had some success minimizing my symptoms with diet and exercise. Now that I’m pregnant again, I need all the encouragement I can get. I’d be very interested to read a post about specific triumphs you’ve had combating your PCOS symptoms with a paleo lifestyle!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
June 22, 2011 at 8:43 pm #
Cassie,

Thanks! It’s great to hear you’re doing so well with your paleo family. Did you ever see lord of the rings? We have a saying around here, “what about second breakfast?” A whole pack of bacon would sound good to me to!

Lesley,

It seems there is a lot of interest in a more in depth treatment of pcos. It is definitely on my list, maybe by the end of July. I really struggled with that even after going paleo. It took a long time and a lot of expirinentation to get the symptoms under control. The good thing is that it is totally controllable with diet alone.

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Amy
July 18, 2011 at 5:34 am #
Peggy,

I was linked to your blog from MDA and it couldn’t have come at a better time. I am about 4 months away from officially trying to start a family and have had so many questions about how my recent primal diet would fit into this!

I started eating paleo about 4 months ago. I’m almost 26 years old, and for the first time since puberty my last cycles have been regular, and not terribly painful. I’m still battling acne (though it’s cleared up a huge amount), but I’m really starting to feel great. I just have a few questions if you don’t mind:

1) how long from when you started eating paleo did you really start to feel 100% better in terms of your symptoms.

2) how did you deal with doctors during your pregnancy? I’m very petite, and worried that if I dont gain A LOT of weight like I’m ‘supposed to’ I’ll be put on something by my doctor or made to feel guilty.

3)did you bother telling your doctor about your diet, or did you just nod and ignored when they went over the whole grain requirements?

Thank you so much for this blog! It gives me the confidence to have, and raise a primal family, and hopefully save them from so many of the health issues myself and the rest of my family has had to deal with!

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 18, 2011 at 7:59 am #
Hi Amy. I’m happy to have something to offer you! Drop by with questions any time.

1. It took me a long time before I felt good, honestly. I mean things started improving immediately but I still had problems for years. I attribute that to food allergies and intolerances. I can’t eat fruit without messing up my bacterial balance, my blood sugar, my skin, my mood. It’s really bad for me. But I was on Cordain’s paleo diet and didn’t have any reason to suspect a little bit of fruit was a problem. It took me a while to figure that out. I am also sensitive to chocolate and spices and vegetables and starches. It took me forever to figure this stuff out. It wasn’t until 2008, 3 years into the paleo diet, that I went on a raw sort of primal diet that totally cleared up all of my symptoms. In the last 3 years since then I have been experimenting with bringing foods back in so I’ve struggled periodically since.

2. My gynecologist was native Japanese. He didn’t think it was weird at all that I was so thin. In fact, he was the one that quelled my fears about my weight (because I had been brainwashed to believe that pregnant women must get fat). I kept a food diary and I showed it to him. He thought it looked fantastic. He said it was all natural and that was what my baby needed – natural, highly nutritious foods. If a doctor ever tells you otherwise, walk out the door. Don’t even bother arguing.

3. He never said a thing about grains. He said it was fine that I got my carbs from fruit and sweet potato at the time. Too bad actually because those both mess me up so bad! hahaha

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Amy
July 20, 2011 at 8:48 am #
Thanks so much for the reply! Wow! It must’ve been such a shock to be intolerant to fruits and veggies. Excuse my ignorance, but how do you get your vitamins and nutrients found in plants? For the first time in my life I actually crave and like fruits and veggies so I’m hoping I’m not headed down the same path, I wonder how rare it is? It’s difficult for me to ‘re-learn’ about healthy foods. Eggs and nuts were ‘fattening’ and ‘bad’, now I eat and love them. Same with butter! I am hoping that I continue to heal, and although sometimes it feels like 2 steps forwards 1 step back I’m trying to stay positive.

It’s wonderful that you had such a great OBGyn! I live in Canada, in one of the smaller provinces, and the doctors here are very pro c section, pro induction, pro formula supplementation…basically everything I want to avoid. And we dont have midwives as the province can’t fund them! So I turn to blogs (like yours!) to learn what I can and educate myself enough to be strong in my beliefs.

Anyways thanks again! I love reading everything.

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Peggy the Primal Parent
July 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm #
I do eat a lot of special foods like shellfish and organs. Those are even better nutritional powerhouses than veggies.

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Susie
July 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm #
Thanks for sharing your story! I had a very long, very hard homebirth in November (I feel like I can say it was long and hard here – normally I feel like I have to sugarcoat and only say how terrific it was). My mom had a c-section for breech and then had three VBACs, including a set of twins and a homebirth. Not having yet discovered the primal thing, I followed the Brewer diet for pregnancy, which is great in its no sugar, high proteins recs, but still includes grains. If you just struck a line through the grains part, it’s a pretty decent guideline. Anyway, I gained about 35 pounds, and the last 5-10 stuck around until I ditched the grains.

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Ryan
July 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm #
Hi Peggy,
I’ve seen many of your comments at MDA after reading for a solid week now. Your story is so inspiring! I may not have to endure the difficulties of bearing a child, PCOS, or celiac disease, but through your story I have seen many of the merits of the Primal lifestyle. I’m only on day five of my own story with primal, but I all ready see the same things you learned so well. I feel terrific, have a tremendous amount of energy, sleep great, and I’m shedding fat and water weight at around a pound a day! I’m so blessed to have read your story and I look forward to reading some more on here shortly. Thank you for making this blog and please continue to Grok on!

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Gairyn Anderson
August 8, 2011 at 2:26 am #
Hi Peggy!

I am new to your website and I have really enjoyed all of your wonderful information, thus far. I was wondering if you have had more than one child. All the Paleo pregnancies I have been reading about have been first-time pregnancies. My first pregnancy, (in NZ) sounded a lot like all of them, but my second pregnancy (in the USA) was not at ALL like the first, unfortunately. I am considering having a third baby, yet I wanted to see if you knew of anyone that has been on the Primal/Paleo diet for more than one pregnancy. I would…