I’m jealous. Really, really jealous.
Most of you know I had a miserable pregnancy. Everything that could go wrong did—and I mean, everything. Extended bed rest, hemorrhaging, hemorrhoids, depression, carpel tunnel, pre-eclampsia, early delivery, no milk production—I was a mess. I spent over ten years trying to get pregnant, and then spent the entire pregnancy in fear that I would lose the babies. I would have, had it not been for the modern neonatal intensive care unit five minutes from our house.
This was back in 2008. Not so long ago, really, but before I found the Primal lifestyle. Before I knew how food affected my health—before I got it. My pregnancy textbook was What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I was labeled a “high risk pregnancy” by incompetent military medical staff simply because I was carrying twins. They told me early on that I would have to have a c-section and probably wouldn’t be able to breastfeed. I had (on average) three to four ultrasounds a week. Nothing was natural, nothing was easy. It was just…miserable.
I followed all the advice given to me by my doctors, and it turns out this was a very bad thing to do. The horrible advice continued after the children were born and our entire family got very sick. Luckily, I’ve been able to turn their health around—and mine as well—but it wouldn’t have been possible without knowing about the Primal lifestyle.
So why am I jealous? Those of you that are getting pregnant in today’s world don’t have to have the same type of miserable pregnancy—or experience the incredible damage that type of pregnancy can do to your skin and boobs—that I did. Maybe jealous isn’t the right word—I certainly don’t want anyone to go through what I did. I just truly wish I could have had a different experience; being pregnant and having children were things I had wanted my entire life, and I will never have the chance to experience pregnancy again. So, those of you out there have been longing for a child, you are lucky. You don’t have to rely on the same traditional book of horror stories—or the incompetent advice to eat more fiber—that women before you have been subjected to.
You can read Primal Moms Look Good Naked by Peggy Emch. This book is packed with all the information you need to know about your body, the growth and health of your child, how to have an optimal pregnancy, and how to recover afterwards—-or how to prevent problems altogether. The book covers topics like how to avoid sagging breasts, cellulite, hemorrhoids and even varicose veins. Although she says that some changes to the body are inevitable after pregnancy, Peggy stresses that the degree to which we change is dependent on our situation and the decisions we make before, during, and after pregnancy. Some conditions we have been told are completely normal and unavoidable are not—-like cellulite, postpartum depression, and diastasis recti. In Primal Moms Look Good Naked, Peggy provides a step-by-step guide on how to nourish your body (and your baby) properly. She gives you practical information to apply so that you can have a glowing, beautiful pregnancy, and explains how to reduce or even eliminate most of the embarrassing problems that new mothers go to extremes to cover up.
I highly recommend this book to anyone that is considering pregnancy, finds themselves unexpectedly knocked up, has given birth recently, or who works with pregnant women. Primal Moms Look Good Naked is a complete guide for women seeking a healthy pregnancy and baby. It includes fertility strategies, a full nutritional guide, and an exercise program suitable for women of all athletic abilities. Primal Moms Look Good Naked is the book I wish I’d had during my pregnancy.