Nausea/morning sickness and staying Paleo

For me, it hit on the dot at 7 weeks.  The interesting thing for me is that what I feel isn’t what I would exactly call nausea.  I envisioned feeling like I am about to vomit.  Thankfully, I haven’t vomited yet.  The sick feeling that I do feel is more of a heaviness in my stomach.  When I have it, I’m not really sure what I’m feeling- I can’t tell if I’m full or hungry, having indigestion or what.  It’s just a gross feeling.  So far it hasn’t been as bad as it is for some of my patients, so I’m hoping it stays that way.

On the Paleo front, it’s not surprising that meat is generally unpalatable.  The good news is that fruits and vegetables are ok, so at least I’m still eating plenty of those.  But I’m definitely more inclined towards carbs.  I’m doing my best to stick to Paleo-friendly carbs.  Right now, Inka (plantain) Chips and taro chips are my best friends.

And cheese!  I don’t know why cheese is so tasty now.  I’ve always loved cheese, but now I’m all about the Laughing Cow Babybel cheeses that come in the little wax packages.  And my all time favorite is Fromager d’Affinois.  If you like soft cheese like brie, you have to try it!

The other side of feeling queasy much of the time is that I feel less inclined to exercise.  My attitude right now is that I want to try to exercise when I can- at least going for a 30 min walk outside or on a treadmill- but that I should also be nice to myself.  If I’m feeling bad, it’s probably best not to push myself.  I don’t want to veer completely the other way and be a total lazy ass, either.  But hopefully once I start feeling better in the 2nd trimester, I can ramp up my workouts.

My first blog!

I decided to give this blog thing a try.  Let me warn you, though, that I am very new to this and I’m not always great with technology.  Let me tell you a little bit about myself.  I’m a board-certified OB/Gyn physician practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I’ve also been living the Paleo/Primal Blueprint lifestyle since March 2012.  And now, I’m pregnant with my first child.

I thought I’d start this as a journal of sorts, to post my thoughts and observations though my pregnancy.  I figured that I’d be able to give a unique perspective given my profession and Paleo lifestyle.  Hopefully there are others out there who will find reading this helpful.  Although I can attest to my certifications as an OB/Gyn physician, I am by no means an expert on the Paleo lifestyle in pregnancy.  And in many ways, I’m just like every other woman going through pregnancy for the first time (I just have a better idea of what to expect than most).

After 3 1/2 weeks of what seemed like eternity, from when we first found out I was pregnant to my first appointment, we finally got confirmation that I have a viable embryo!

Ultrasound