Originally Posted by craft_media_hero
Well, I have been hovering right around 100# since a few months after the birth of my son (that is a pretty normal weight for me at 5'1"). We've been eating low/no grain/mostly paleo for about a year. We conceived our expected newbie when ds was 18 months, and though I've been eating a little more grain when eating out, I am still pretty grain minimal at home. I'm 18 wks now and have gained about 8 pounds, but feel super healthy, have a nice big baby bump, and feel baby growing and moving all the time
ds is stll nursing, tho a lot less the last month or so, but he had been nursing about every couple hours up until then.
JME here, but I feel pretty good
even though I would probably be classified as "underweight" according to averages
it really is so interesting how each person has the "return to fertility" on their own path...there seems to be so many different factors that come together. was your ds1 sleeping long stretches?
i made some abrupt changes in our nursing pattern lately, and i certainly feel as though AF will return soon. at the same time i managed to put on a couple of pounds, so i'm hoping that with just a few more tweeks we will see AF return. my instincts say that if my DS starts sleeping a little better, that may just be enough to get things going. goodness knows i could use the sleep regardless!
Originally Posted by savithny
It's pretty well-established that actual paleolithic people, eating a real paleo diet and nursing toddlers, had child spacings of 3-4 years apart at a minimum. It's healthy, yes -- but your body is not getting the "get fertile now!" signals it needs in order to resume cycling effectively.
That makes a lot of sense on so many different levels. It's so hard to just let nature take it's course; which would obviously be optimal if other factors in life didn't make it, well, not optimal, lol. I guess I am at the point where I feel like I want to start taking a bit more control of the situation...I always thought that things would just happen, and that we would have children close together, so I am just one more of those women who needs to explore and take into consideration that the family she thought she would have is not the family that reality has shaped...not to say that is a bad thing, just something that is taking some getting used to.
I guess I feel as though if I can figure out the simplest changes to make I can begin to influence how my body is reacting. I don't remember if it was this thread or another, but I didn't set out to go onto the Paleo diet, it kind of just happened to turn out that way after much experimentation...so I guess that means that I am open to making certain changes in order to help make my family more complete
I appreciate all of the feedback!