Introducing Daphne 7

Hi!  My name is Daphne.  Most of you don’t know me but I attend the 12:30 class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and I do my best to come in on Fridays too.

I’m currently 20 weeks pregnant with my second child though I don’t know yet if this baby (whom I’ve dubbed “Kettlebell” for the time being) is a boy or a girl.

18 weeks preggo!

Saul and Susan have asked me to be a regular contributor to this here MDSF blog and now you’re all going to subject to my inane ramblings on being pregnant and Paleo (most of the time) while CrossFitting.  Let me begin by telling you about my first pregnancy.  MWAhahaha!

Prior to 2011, I had always considered myself to be fit and healthy.  Before getting knocked up the first time, I was a regular attendee at Velocity Sports Performance in San Carlos (which hasn’t been around for the last few years now because it’s been bought out).  The WODs are similar to CrossFit in that there are a lot of bodyweight workouts except there’s a lot more running/sprinting involved.  Now imagine having to do all that running INDOORS in a giant converted warehouse in the middle of the fracking summer (yeah… no bueno).  But I kept up easily even on my whole-grain-based diet and saw no reason to change when I got pregnant with my first child because, after all, whole-grain wheat products are good for you, especially when you’re pregnant (my OB told me so and if she and the rest of medical association says so, then it must be true!).

25 weeks preggo with Baby Numero Uno

Unfortunately, I found myself gaining weight quicker than what was expected of other preggo women.  I was steadily gaining 5lbs a month.  My OB recommended I cut back on the calories and exercise more.  By the end of my 2nd month, I could no longer run/jog at a pace faster than a speedwalker.  The reason being that any time I moved faster than that, I always felt extremely uncomfortable because I always felt like I had drunk way too much water and it was just sploshing around my tummy.  To make up for my decrease in cardio, I took to doing Prenatal Yoga and Prenatal Aquatics twice a week.  This, along with my Velocity Boot Camp (which I took down to twice a week), was all in addition to the daily two-mile walk I would take with my dog.  I worked on eating “healthier” (less meats, less sweets, more vegetables, more fruits, MORE whole-grains!) and nothing worked.  By my 5th month and my last Boot Camp class, I could barely lunge because frankly, my joints just couldn’t take the weight (I was by now about 160lbs at a 5’6″ frame).  The entire time I was pregnant, people reassured me that this was just all a part of being pregnant, that there was bound to be a time when I wouldn’t be able to physically perform the exercises and therefore, I should just take it easy with the low-impact stuff. Fast-forward three years later and I’m still running the 400m in the warm-ups without any kind of jiggly-ness. I’m still lunging without any protests from my knees and ankles. Shoot, the fact that I can still squat to almost squat-depth (my knees don’t go lower than 45deg) while carrying a 39 or 42kg bar across my back speaks volumes to the kind of shape my body is in with this pregnancy.  So what’s the difference? Diet.

We all know what a difference diet makes in one’s overall performance, whether it is as an athlete or as an average Joe Schmoe working the 9-to-5. I can’t stress enough how important it is to firstly cut out gluten from one’s diet, especially if one is looking to get pregnant. To prevent things like morning sickness and nausea, gluten is the Number One culprit because of the intestinal issues it causes regardless of whether one is “intolerant” to gluten or not. Because, let’s face it, EVERYONE is intolerant to gluten to some degree and unless it’s out of your system, one will never really know how it’ll affect you (as well as the life that’s developing inside of you).

So I guess this is where I’ll start off for my next post, on the importance of diet when it comes to a having a healthy pregnancy.  Without a good diet (along with the proper supplementation), the pregnant body is more easily fatigued and finds it harder to recover from workouts, whether those workouts are from yoga, aquatics, or CrossFit (duh!). Being able to establish a well-rounded diet based on what your metabolic needs are is, for sure, THE most important thing you can do for your body and for the baby (or babies!) developing inside you (or your significant other!). There are other things that are equally as important for the mom’s body and baby’s development, things like getting enough sleep, exercising (which will boost baby’s IQ!), as well as getting regular chiropractic care. So stay tuned and you just might learn something new!

7 thoughts on “Introducing Daphne

  • Gwyn Gordon

    Thanks, Daphne, for sharing this. First, wow, you look great! Second, double wow, your workouts have hardly been affected??? As my OB said, “Pregnancy is a normal, healthy state.” Right on!
    To all the MDSoF parents out there, I’d love to talk about paleo & kids/family. Things that work, things that don’t, concerns, challenges, supplements?, how do you deal with everyone who thinks you’re killing your kid (ugh), etc. Send me an email if you’re interested!

  • saulj Post author

    Gwyn, You’re killing your kid because… are people most concerned no bread and dairy? What exactly is the “killing” agent?

  • saulj Post author

    If you want to read more from Daphne, check her out at her blog. Her post on her Chinese New Year dinner has some awesome food porn.

  • Daphne

    Hi Gwyn!

    Thanks! As far as not really feeling too affected by the workouts, definitely not. In fact, it’s been a hell of a lot easier working out during this pregnancy than the first one, the number one difference being the weight gain and the effects on my joints.

    As for the hard-core Asians who feel that I’m depriving my kid of rice, I just have to smile and grit my teeth. Fortunately (and also unfortunately), my MIL stays with us during the weekdays to help me look after my son so I definitely can’t prevent her from giving him things like fried rice and noodles and cookies while I’m at work. But since my kid is still pretty young, I haven’t yet been exposed to people outside of my families who think I’m totally depriving him of “healthy” foods. :T

  • Davida

    Great post Daphne! I’m excited to read more of your posts, congratulations on your pregnancy! A note regarding your blog…your recipe for sweet potato fries has changed my life!

  • Gwyn Gordon

    It’s the whole enchilada (so to speak). “No grains, no legumes, no dairy…how will she get her _______(fiber, vitamins, calcium, insert nutrient-of-your-choice here)!” Also just the general observation that by being way too uptight we are likely to create at least an unhealthy relationship with food, if not an outright eating disorder. Not to mention the random people who just offer your kid junk without asking — hello! Do I offer you crack? Then don’t give my kid a cupcake/lollipop/cookie/poptart/etc.

    More interesting, actually, are the snacks offered at school. Always crackers or bread of some sort, along with fruit. Have some sugars with your carbs! There are lots of kids with nut allergies so trail mix is out. I understand that they can’t give everyone grass-fed roast beef, but wow, talk about non- or even anti-nutrition. Thankfully, next year is kindergarten and she’ll bring snack and lunch from home. (And then no doubt trade it for PB&J and cheetos.)

  • Gwyn Gordon

    PS — wow, I sound bitter but don’t mean to be. It’s just challenging to be the only family eating this way in the entire…school? Neighborhood? County? The wrong foods and the wrong information are everywhere. “Whole Grain Cheerios — heart healthy!” Mari comes home from school telling me that milk is good for you because it has calcium. Sigh. “Ok, sweetie, let’s read Robb Wolf for storytime.” What keeps me going is how healthy, strong and lean she is, great energy, sleeps well, doesn’t spike and crash, eats an amazing variety of foods, etc. etc. etc.

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