Hello Friends! I know I have been very scarce around these parts the last few months and just recently have begun posting again. But, I am currently going through a real struggle and feel that I need to reach out to my friends for support. As many of you know, I am pregnant…21 week aprox. though the dates are still questionable. That means I am half way through my pregnancy. A woman generally gains about 30-35 pounds throughout the entire 40 weeks of her prengnancy. I am a little over half way through, and I have already gained 30 pounds! I will be honest and say that I have not been able to follow a 100% raw diet as I was prior to pregnancy. But, it is still upwards of 70% or more, on any given day. I have a ton of energy and I exercise 3x a day (15-30 min. each). I feel FANTASTIC! But, the weight just keeps creeping on…in fact I gained 2 pounds in less than a week according to my scale this morning. I am very disheartened and not sure what to do. My friend is an apprentice midwife and she is taking care of me during my pregnancy, but she (nor the midwife she is studying under) have ever had a raw client. So, they don’t exactly know what to say. It certainly goes against every account of a raw pregnancy that I have ever read. Usually the women have problems keeping the weight up.
On a side note, I do have Hoshimoto’s Thyroiditis, which I have talked alot about on this site. But, once I went raw, it vanished. My thyroid tests are still good, except for the T3 UPTAKE, which is not a measure of thyroid hormone itself, but rather a measure of the protiens that the hormones bind with. and, these naturally go down the farther along you are in pregnancy. I am trying so hard NOT to go back on traditional thyroid medication. Thus far I have tripled my kelp intake and will be starting to take a supplement of Tyrosine, if I can find one. Also, increaseing my Vit. c and Vit. E is said to help support the thyroid as well. Though, I am still not sure that it is a thyroid issue.
As you can see, there are some variables to weigh, and I have brought myself to tears more than once this morning as I struggle with what could be going on. I do not believe in unnecessary ultrasounds, so will not be having one with this pregnancy, and the baby moves, kicks, and dances all day long, and the heartbeat is strong.
Any help, advice, research anyone might have is much appreciated (and really needed) at this time, as the only other option for me at this point (if I choose to not take traditional medicine), is a trial run of the Brewer’s Diet, a mostly cooked food regimine.
Thank You! -Sunny