Surprise! I’m pregnant…..and Keto? There seems to be a lot of fear mongering out there with regards to Ketosis and pregnancy. Just in doing a Google search alone, you can come away more confused than when you went in. So, now that I have found that I’m expecting what is my plan? Well, with the guidance of a seasoned Keto-experienced-and-educated-doctor as well as some excellent resources from pregnancy dietitians specializing in gestational nutrition and diabetes prevention, I feel very confident going forward with my pregnancy in a Keto guided lifestyle.
For me this means a high fat, low carb diet with moderate (higher than before pregnancy) protein intake. It means I will continue to try to pack as many high fiber green vegetables into my day as possible. It means that I will eat intuitively and take my glucose readings and find MY body’s happy place. So few people emphasize intuitive eating as well as Shawn Mynar, certified health coach and dietitian, but I think that it will be key to helping me find my “happy place” with Keto in pregnancy.
-Eat more protein than prior to pregnancy (before for my height/weight, I was trying for 55g a day, now it’s more like 80g
-Eat more carbs at night to keep blood glucose at a stable level (this looks like some guacamole and a serving of plain potato chips fried in a clean oil for a snack or 1/2 cup of sweet potato with dinner and LOTS of butter)
-Eat as much fat as my body craves and can handle. I have found that my fat bombs gross me out now and that I do better by trying to get my fat IN the foods that I am eating.
-I am about 10 weeks along at the time of this post and usually by now I am in the throws of terrible morning-afternoon nausea and vomiting, but so far my “morning sickness” has been limited to a light nausea in the evening after dinner that fades within a couple of hours. I credit this to Keto because as you will hear in the resources I am posting, a lot of women find their pregnancy symptoms lessen when they enter pregnancy already on a stable Ketogenic diet.
-I still have to pee all of the time
-I still have first trimester hunger AND fatigue despite the energy that Keto provides, but I find this is getting better as I have “let go” of trying to do Keto strictly based on macros, but more focused on nutrients and LISTENING to what my body wants (which can sometimes be key to finding what it NEEDS).
2 interviews of Lily Nichols that answered a whole HOST of my questions. She shares her experience in her own pregnancy as well as the experience she has gained coaching her patients through gestational diabetes and a low carb way of eating:
Dr. Berg weighs in:
An approach I really resonate with:
Ultimately, with the goal of a healthy well developed baby and a pregnancy where I feel as good and energetic as I can, it would be hard to convince me that a diet high in fat and vegetables and low in processed low-nutrient carbohydrates would be anything but great for my body. I proceed under the guidance of a local Keto practitioner and very wise and educated doctor who has already checked me out and is only a call away when I have concerns. I’ll keep all of you up to date along the way and post any of the new recipes I make as I go. I hope you find these resources helpful and can gain some confidence going forward in your own Keto journey.