Well, I'm 20 weeks into my pregnancy and have maintained a paleo diet through most of it. I did introduce some dairy for a spell (and chocolate is never fully out) but the raw cheddar which based on the GAPS diet should be good by now was definitely not good, especially after adding holiday stress to the situation. I have also been on a crazy researching kick trying to figure out why I have some "odd" symptoms that I didn't have pre-pregnancy (while still paleo) and why I am able to eat food that used to bother me on occasion. As a result autoimmune (and the autoimmune protocol) hit my radar.
Paleo pregnancy isn't that difficult except for the fact that there is very little support. I have a program (or two) online that I would love to be able to purchase but they are a bit out of the budget right now.
Part of the reason they are out of the budget, we just had to buy a pallet of feed so we could get our GMO (tested and verified) free feed. Believe you and me, that's not cheap! It would be wonderful to just run to my feed store, but instead, we get to be the feed store! But worth every penny, although having 24 laying hens and a husband that all the sudden became sensitive to eggs 3 weeks ago (another reason for the research) leaves us with a plethora of eggs!
The Healthy Baby Code - By Chris Kresser is one of the programs that I have been really interested in getting. It's not cheap but the women that have gotten the program absolutely rave about it. I was listening to a podcast (really the only thing I have found on paleo pregnancy other then The Primal Parent, whose book I want but isn't out yet) by Stacy of PaleoParents.com (co-author of "Eat Like a Dinosaur" which I highly recommend) and Sarah of ThePaleoMom.com (a PhD gone SAHM/foodie/researcher -- she also has a book, that I plan on getting, coming out in September) that was fantastic and Chris's program came up multiple times. It's good for women looking to improve their fertility through the first couple years after baby is born from what I gather. If you have used it I would love a comment below!
Beautiful Babies e-course - by Kristen Michaelis of FoodRenegade is the other one. This one looks like it is coming out in book form though shortly so perhaps that's an option for me! There is also a free mini-course being offered which I may check out. Again, if anyone has done this course, I would love a comment about it!
Alright, now onto the cheese experiment. I was doing okay then stress entered into my life. I think it might have been too much. Holiday stress can be crazy and overwhelming. It literally took the whole month of January for me to finally get myself back to normal. Little man and I were trying out cheese and he was loving it, pleading for it really. I have no idea if it was the fact that the Jersey cows the cheese came from got soy in their rations (which I didn't know until after we tried it) or what, but after a while we started having sleep issues again. What do you know, there was actually a research study posted about children and sleep issues due to "Cow Dairy Allergy." I highly recommend reading this abstract to anyone with kiddo's that have sleep "issues." The paper is called "Milk Intolerance in Children With Persistent Sleeplessness: A Prospective Double-Blind Crossover Evaluation." I would love to read the full study, but I refuse to pay to read a 2 decade old study. Just to draw GMO's into this and the fact that allergies and gut issues have sky rocketed in the past 15 - 20 years, I would be interested to see a repeat study of this nature done now. But I cut dairy out and little man is sleeping better again. Ahh...
Autoimmune stuff keeps hitting my radar. I never though much about it until listening to the Paleo Pregnancy Podcast and then the other day I read Sarah's article at The Paleo Mom titled, "You May Have an Autoimmune Disease But Don't Know It." I need to finish reading her series on autoimmune as well as listening to the podcasts that her and Stacy do on them. There isn't a lot else out there I have found on this topic but it keeps popping up for some reason. My grandmother was diagnosed with Diabetes type 1 in 1998 (two years after GMO corn and soy was rolled out to the unsuspecting public) which was practically unheard of in adults at the time. My brain is running, that's for sure. Then there is genetics, epigenetics, gut damage, mothers prenatal health and all the things that follow suit there. So much to consider and so many connections to make. If you have done research in this area or have something of value to share, please don't hesitate. The biologist in me wants to conduct double blind studies, spend hours and hours in a University library and even more hours on the net. The mother in me knows it isn't possible and I have other demands that I must meet first (like a clean house so my head doesn't spin around real fast then pop off).
Oh and on the side, for anyone that cares, I'm reading "Seeds of Deception" by Jeffrey M. Smith, Earthways by Carol Petrash, and a sheep book (we are really shooting to have a few sheep this spring).
Hi there, Wysteria here. I will be writing as regularly as possible on behalf of my family and regarding our adventures in farming, food, health and things of the like. My interest range widely and my brain wanders far. Namaste.