This is a series on being a pregnant paleo/primal Crossfitter. I found out that I was pregnant in August 2011. My due date is April 2012. I post each week about my Crossfit workouts, what I’m eating and various pregnancy symptoms. Just because I can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it; but you can use my blog as research for your own prescription!

I recommend checking out a few other blogs of women who are paleo and pregnant, or crossfitting and pregnant or both! Here’s a few favs: One Fit MomJoyful Abode, andFitness Editor Blog.

Pregnancy Symptoms

I’m only at 5 weeks and I’ve already started experiencing very mild nausea, headaches, sore breasts, and constipation.


I’m still eating normal food for me. Typically I eat a chicken sausage and cheese or sauerkraut for breakfast, a salad with some sort of meat and cheese (and oil and vinegar) for lunch, and a meat and veggie for dinner (sometimes we add sweet potatoes or fried parsnips). Nothing has changed… yet.

Before I got pregnant, I followed very closely the recommendations by Weston A Price blogger, Chris Masterjohn, in this article. Here’s the list:

Cod Liver Oil to supply 20,000 IU vitamin A and 2000 IU vitamin D per day1 quart (or 32 ounces) whole milk daily, preferably raw and from pasture-fed cows (learn more about raw milk on our website, A Campaign for Real Milk, www.realmilk.com)4 tablespoons butter daily, preferably from pasture-fed cows2 or more eggs daily, preferably from pastured chickensAdditional egg yolks daily, added to smoothies, salad dressings, scrambled eggs, etc.3-4 ounces fresh liver, once or twice per week (If you have been told to avoid liver for fear of getting “too much Vitamin A,” be sure to read Vitamin A Saga)Fresh seafood, 2-4 times per week, particularly wild salmon, shellfish and fish eggsFresh beef or lamb daily, always consumed with the fatOily fish or lard daily, for vitamin D

2 tablespoons coconut oil daily, used in cooking or smoothies, etc.

Lacto-fermented condiments and beverages

Bone broths used in soups, stews and sauces

Soaked whole grains (optional for paleo/primal peeps)

Fresh vegetables and fruits


  • Trans fatty acids (e.g., hydrogenated oils)
  • Junk foods
  • Commercial fried foods
  • Sugar
  • White flour
  • Soft drinks
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Drugs (even prescription drugs)

One caveat, I have a gluten allergy, an egg allergy and a goat dairy allergy. So I have been avoiding wheat (and other gluten grains) and eggs. So I asked Chris: “If I’m avoiding eggs but eating liver, am I missing out on anything?” He said that I should be fine.

A brief note about supplements: I’m taking Vitamin D, Now Foods Super Enzymes and cod liver oil. I also take a prenatal supplement every other day.


August 5, 2011 – 4.5 Weeks
1 mile run = 11:15 (this was definitely slower than normal)

Mild discomfort due to Burpees: I was good until the last round.

5 RFT 25-20-15-10-5 of KB Swings / Ab-mat Sit-ups / DU

I used an 18# KB and finished in 9:42. Thankful that DUs and I have finally found a rhythm.

We were supposed to do three sets of bar-roll-outs; but I’m already feeling what I think is “round ligament pain” so I only did one set of bar roll-outs. Fun class.

August 9, 2011 – 5 Weeks

Tabata Lateral Ball Slams = 127

3 RFT 6 Broad Jumps / 12 Burpees / 24 DUs = 9:09

Snatch DL = 3×50, 3×85, 3×105, 3×105, 3×105

I will go lighter next time.

1 min: Plank/Ring Support/Hand Stand Hold/Dead Hang/Wall Squat

I did a pike pushup instead of a hand stand hold. My pike pushup and wall squat were unbroken. The rings, dead hang, and plank were not.

Other Notes

Haven’t taken any pictures yet of my still flat belly. I think once I’m a huge watermelon smuggling near-full-term really-pregnant chick, I will wish I had taken pictures of when I used to look normal. But for now, I’m waiting until I start showing… (not until 15 weeks).


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