I know this thread was started along time ago, but I thought I would throw in my two cents as a strict paleo-follower PRIOR to getting pregnant with my 1st child. Maybe somebody can benefit from my experiences too.
Background: I was the healthiest eater I knew of all my friends, family, co-workers etc. I folled the paleo lifestyle to a 'T' and ate 'clean' food for years and years. I was also an athlete and daily avid gym-goer. Now 2 months pregnant I can honeslty say it's no longer EASY to eat Paleo or even muster up enough energy for a workout.
I have struggled with the guilt that avoiding the gym and eating non-paelo has caused me. Somedays I have very little energy to do anything after a long day of work but lay on the sofa and watch TV. I have severe food aversions - actually just no appetite at times.
I have always been very attuned to my body and a few things I have been noticing in the last few weeks:
I am not hungry very often - when I am, I eat what I crave (and try to stick to healthier options) I eat until I'm satisfied, but not overly full. That might be 2 meals and a snack each day. Whatever it is, I don't worry. If this means a turkey sandwich on sprouted grain bread with melted cheese, so be it. But, I have NOT craved any sugary/junk foods. I credit this to rarely if ever consuming sugary foods PRIOR to my pregnancy. In fact, sugary foods are appauling to me more so now.
I cannot prepare my own food. Major yuck. Opening the refridgerator door in the morning makes me nauseus. This is difficult as I used to prepare small healthy meals to work to survive off of throughout the day. Now, I have been living off of prepared foods at the local organic grocery store, the hot bar they have for lunch, and their homeade soups. I run and buy food when I'm hungry, and don't pack anything when I leave the home. Another thing, eating raw veggies is the most appauling food to me right now. I keep telling myself not to get too stressed about that. Salads will find their place back into my diet eventually.
My desire for protein has gone down significantly. Prior to pregnancy I always ate a minimum of 130grams of protein per day from lean meat / seafood sources because I lifted weights heavy 5xweek and needed a solid amount for performance/recovery. What I can stomache now are eggs (sometimes), greek yogurt, cheese, and hot roasted chicken from the grocery store (but only when very hungry). Protein shakes are not appealing.
I have naturally started Intermittent fasting....without trying. This is the most interesting part to my pregnancy. When I wake up in the morning, I typically have no desire for food so I don't eat. I get to work and don't usually feel any hunger until around 1pm or later. That's when I drive to the organic store and get something from their hot bar or soup list. This satisfies me completely for another couple hours.
I have continued to take a whole-food multivitamin, trace minerals, a great calcium supplement, d3, and b vitamins among Tuna Oil and CLA and drink tons of pure spring water. I have heard that women who are too low in Vitamin b6 have worse morning sickness. So I have doubled my dosage of B-Vitamins but still feel tired and sick off and on throughout the day. There are some days I feel much worse than others, not sure if it's totally within my control or not based on what I eat and take for supplements.
In my opinion, being a healthier person BEFORE getting pregnant will be super benefical, obviously. However, to say that you won't get sick or have food aversions, or cravings if you're healthy to begin with probably isn't FACT. It has alot to do with hormones and how your body prepares itself. With that said, having certain cravings MIGHT indicate something you body is low in or needs. Just listen. A lady I knew craved chalk every time she saw it. Yuck, right? Well she eventually found out she was extremely low in calcium. It was her bodies way of telling her to get more! And, Food aversions may been your bodies way of steering you away from something that could be dangerous. Perhap my aversion to raw veggies is only a precaution, as I have had severe food poisoning from onions, salads several times in my life. If I got sick NOW, who knows if the baby would survive or not. Another thing that I cannot eat is Coconut Oil. Prior I could eat it by the spoonfulls out of the jar. A nutritionist I met did tell me that women in early-pregnancy have a more difficult time digesting saturated fats. Could this be another reason my body is pushing away from Coconut oil?? Just saying...our bodies have an interesting way of working.
Still trying to figure out how to get enough energy to get back in the gym.... hmmm, but then again, maybe my body is craving a break!?