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pregnant and losing weight, should I be worried?

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Im a paleo newbie, im almost 2 weeks in but have already dropped 2kg (4.4lb). Which would be awesome except Im 23-24wks pregnant. Im currently 64.5kg (142lb), 164cm (5 ft 4 in). Started out at 60kg (132lb). Should I be worried about this loss? Or is my body adjusting to the new lifestyle and will balance things out as needed. I admit I still eat leaner meats but adding more oils etc. Im definitely not starving myself, I feel like im force feeding myself as it is, im often full, no longer so obsessed with food. I came from a clean eating background. Ive read a few threads but I cant help but be a little concerned about my precious little one. But he seems to be bouncing around in my belly doing fine. Thanks all :)

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0 · July 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

This is perfect. Here are a few more iron rich foods that should help - http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/iron-rich-foods-that-you-should-include-in-your-diet/

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480 · October 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

good ol' ground beef has quite a bit of iron. You can mince some liver and sneak it tastlessly in to ; ). Like hiding kale in a fruit smoothie

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41452 · October 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Making specific recommendations to a very general post... downvote.

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15 · October 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I'm worried, you should not starve yourself while on a pregnency. Ensure adequate carbohydrates, these are very important for thyroid function.

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15385 · October 30, 2013 at 10:01 AM

I have been Paleo for 18 months and work out a fair amount, and while the weight loss initially was very welcome, there are times where I feel I just haven't eaten enough and don't need to get any thinner. So I kind of know where you are coming from.

The thing about the Paleo diet is that there are no "easy" calories, which is to say quick, easy to eat and not very nutritious foods, which is largely the point of the diet to begin with. So it can be hard to quickly add more calories. I love fatty cuts of meat but they are hard to have all the time. When I want some extra calories some of the things I have are plantains or yucca (chicken rotisserie places are good for this), flourless chocolate cake, roasted sweet potato, full-fat yogurt (some Greek varieties have 10% fat) with berries and nuts (I do dairy), or just a handful or two of nuts (I avoid peanuts, instead try to have almonds or macadamia). When I work out a lot I don't worry as much about carbs, and you might not need to worry much either.

I wouldn't necessarily worry too much about what the scale says, as others noted, when first going on the diet you might lose some water weight. If you were really undernourished I think you would know it, you would feel a little weak and lightheaded and be noshy all the time. Just avoid any temptation to have grains, cake, cookies, and that kind of thing. Good luck!

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0 · October 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Thanks everyone for your responses, loving the paleo community.

@Sean23: I will definitely work on getting more iron. I have been tracking calories and nutrients for some time now and I am constantly consuming low iron. Dont think I can bring myself to eat liver or any organ meat, or mollusks at this stage, but the other paleo options I can handle J

@Nick39: good point re water. I never thought of myself as one to retain a lot of water but hey you never know. Bub is getting plenty of healthy food. Thanks for easing my mind a bit J

@Becs: Ive been adding in more potato and sweet potato. I don’t intend to add in any grains though. Bone broth, I think that will take some time for me to grasp. I have a long way to go in adopting many paleo foods, but im getting there! Thanks for sharing your experiences! J

@Bukowski - I assure you I am definitely NOT starving myself or my unborn baby!!!

@cl101 - I work afternoons so Breakfast (10:00am) is my biggest meal, then a snack (12:00pm), then lunch/ dinner (4:00pm) as my second biggest, another snack (7:00pm) and something when I get home (11:30pm), more snacks in between if im hungry. So 2 bigger meals and lots of snacks, there’s no room for 3. Im avoiding dairy at the moment. I have been snacking on nuts, homemade meat patties, boiled eggs, etc. I’ve been eating potato and sweet potato at my 2 big meals. Im not avoiding fruit. I think ill just have to snack more and eat more healthy fats/ incorporate coconut cream etc. Thanks J

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480 · October 30, 2013 at 3:24 PM

good ol' ground beef has quite a bit of iron. You can mince some liver and sneak it tastlessly in to ; ). Like hiding kale in a fruit smoothie

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15 · October 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

If you feel that you're struggling to eat enough calories without feeling too full, aim to get a little more healthy fat in with your meals. You could easily add 3-400 calories a day by adding a little snack here and there. Are you eating three square meals a day, say at 7am, 12 pm and 7pm? If so, what about having a spoonful of almond butter at work at 2pm, and (if you eat dairy) a little kefir after dinner with some berries or sliced banana with coconut cream or something. Do you eat starches with your meals in general? If not, how about just ensuring you've got some sweet potato or something with every dinner? You could easily add some fat and carbs without having to stuff yourself at a meal. Focus on calorie dense foods (rather than, say, trying to choke down a salad with chicken or something as a second dinner)

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70 · October 29, 2013 at 2:42 PM

My gut reaction would be that it's probably fine, but obviously no one here can give you real medical advice, so if you're really concerned you may want to speak with your doctor.

Especially on the first couple weeks, a lot of the weight loss can be retained water, so it may be that you aren't losing fat, just the bloatedness of extra water weight, which I don't see any reason to hold onto. Depending on your body composition, I'd say it could be healthy to lose some body fat even while pregnant. The big thing would be making sure you're getting enough (food AND nutrients) to keep yourself and the little one going without issues. I'd think paleo would be an excellent choice there, just listen to your body and don't starve yourself (though it sounds like you've already got a good hold on this).

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480 · October 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

I worry a tad as well. I am a young male, so no personal experience. I am a nutrition student.

Calories in/out logic doesnt work to well with paleo but a pregnant women is aiming for 500 extra kcal per day over their traditional diet. So dont shun the fattier cuts of meat right now. spread the oil liberally. stem of veggies and bath them in ghee/coco oil/butter, hell all three. I looked for some good thread to read but could not find any, i am sure some one else will

you also want to make sure you are getting good amount of iron. Brest milk has no iron, so a child builds up a reserve of iron during gestation to ride on until eating solid foods.

http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/food-sources-of-iron.php

there are some good iron source, seven of the ten are paleo.... If you eat chocolate :)

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0 · July 21, 2014 at 11:08 AM

This is perfect. Here are a few more iron rich foods that should help - http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/iron-rich-foods-that-you-should-include-in-your-diet/

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15 · October 29, 2013 at 11:51 AM

I'm worried. You should not starve yourself while on a pregnency. Ensure adequate carbohydrates, these are very important for thyroid function.

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41452 · October 29, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Making specific recommendations to a very general post... downvote.

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0 · October 29, 2013 at 2:35 AM

I wouldn't worry, as long as you are eating good, real food. You should be eating a bit more starch than usual maybe even reintroducing white pototes and rice if you are not eating them. Not everyone gains weight during pregnancy. I didn't gain anything until my 3rd trimester and that was all baby. Bone broth will be great for baby :)

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