Evolutionary Parenting, Nutrition, Breastfeeding, Baby Wearing
|Some thoughts on being Primal and Pregnant
I read this article recently and it makes so much sense. That health begins in the womb and even before is a rather strong concept to contemplate. Well, since I haven’t seen my baby yet (being only 5 and a half months pregnant) I can only vouch for myself when it comes to the benefits of my head start in health care.
Third, I am used to listening to my body. During this crazy hormone induced ride I’ve had it all. First the hungers, then the throwing up every bite, more hunger, then the mad hunger but absolute fullness two bites later, then loss in appetite for days on end, then heartburn (and what more?). It’s not pretty but the years of practice in tuning out helpful voices of wisdom and instead just listening to my body helps a lot. I don’t feel I’m eating too little, or too much of something I should not be eating. I’m letting my body guide me and I feel absolutely at ease with that understanding.
It’s easy for women to slip into a not so happy or positive mind frame during pregnancy when clothes stop fitting, weight gain takes a whole new spin, back aches and fatigue plagues your every move, and when you generally don’t feel yourself. Worrying less about your health and the health of your baby, is one way to not slip into the ‘poor me’ syndrome. Another is looking good and feeling super by eating right and exercising a lot.
I read this post / rant a while back and it resonated with me well. I think for women, our reproductive health and hormones working in sync is such an important part of being healthy and so much more indicative of good health than being thin or fat.
Am I primal and pregnant? I must admit my 80:20 rule has slipped to 65 to 70 and my exercise routine has changed. I make some allowances like dairy and white rice, a lot more veggies and fruits and far less meat than I was used to (just because it’s not as appealing to me as it was pre-pregnancy). But my activity levels remain the same over all. I am as active than ever before, as free of viruses and migraines and as ‘jump up and go’ as before.
In this blog post I wrote about what made me decide to take the plunge and try out a new way of life and just see where the ride takes me. This was over two years ago and it is probably what primed my body to get pregnant at attempt #1. I haven’t looked back since.
I’m back! See you guys in the comment section!