The Keto Diet Guide for Pregnant Women

Keto diet plans have become popular with people of all ages and stages. Many people are wondering whether keto is good for pregnant women. As we all know, a healthy diet is a priority during pregnancy, and experts like Konscious Keto have great advice and products that will help you to have a healthy pregnancy.

 

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Apart from helping in weight reduction (by creating a caloric deficit), the keto diet also aids in eliminating the risks of a myriad of health conditions.

 

Is the Keto diet safe for pregnant women?

A fertility specialist at Jacksonville Center for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Michael Fox, supports the ketogenic diet for women in all stages of their lives. He believes that nutrition is utmost importance to nourish mom’s body and also her growing baby.

With vast experience in utilizing strict low-carb diets with medication to treat PCOS and maximize on chances of getting pregnant, the doctor says that keto does not harm pregnant women.

 

When to start the keto diet?

Dr. Fox recommends that women trying to conceive should start the keto diet right away.  It’s not a good idea to start a stringent diet or exercise plan while you are pregnant.  Starting keto right away will help your body to adapt, and also alert you whether this is a good change for you.

The keto diet can help pregnant women who are overweight. Managing your weight during pregnancy is difficult.  It’s really difficult.  If a lower carbohydrate plan works for you, and keeps your weight gain to a minimum (if you are already severely overweight), then that is a good thing.  With added weight comes a greater chance that you will get high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, neither of which you want.  Whatever plan you choose, think of it as a lifestyle.  Decide if this is going to be the way you live your life.

 

What you should/should not eat on the keto diet

The foods below are not included in keto and should be avoided:

  • Dairy products (non-dairy is allowed)
  • Some fruits and starchy vegetables
  • Grains
  • Added sugars

 

The foods recommended for a keto diet include:

 

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Fish, Meat, and Eggs
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Cream and cheese
  • Avocados
  • Oils
  • Berries

Keto meal plan for pregnant women

Gestational diabetes is known to occur during pregnancy and can affect the baby’s health if the mother doesn’t get treatment. This condition can be controlled by medication, exercise, and diets that are low in carbohydrates.

 

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Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sometimes it’s good to check your sugar levels before taking breakfast to understand which foods should be included in your breakfast.

A piece of whole meat, one egg, eight ounces of milk and a fruit serving will give you about 45 grams of carbohydrates. Since half of your daily calories have to come from carbohydrates, you should ensure that you follow your diet carefully.

 

Lunch

Taking a tablespoon of peanut butter and a piece of fruit for brunch can keep your sugar levels in check. Your lunch should be half a cup of beans, low-fat cheese in a whole wheat tortilla, tomato, and lettuce. You can also include a cup of soup, chicken, salad, and a turkey sandwich.

Dinner

When pregnant, you need a healthy snack between your lunch and dinner. Your dinner meal should provide all the dietary needs of the mother and baby. This includes 3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry, baked potato or rice, and vegetables. Ensure that you limit your fish intake to two servings every week (or by wild caught fish). This will help you avoid the effects of mercury poisoning.

 

Benefits of the Keto pregnancy diet

Keto diet in pregnancy provides plenty of benefits, especially to the growing fetus. During late pregnancy, the breakdown of fat depots is accelerated to improve the development of the fetus. The fetus will use the placental fatty acids, glycerol as well as ketone bodies. Using MCT oils makes it easy to transfer ketones to the fetus allowing maternal ketone bodies to reach the fetus and aid in oxidative metabolism and lipogenic substrates.

 

When women are pregnant, they become more sensitive to carbohydrates when in keto, which makes them insulin resistant. This allows the flow of nutrients from the mother to the fetus through the placenta.

 

Breast milk is high in fat. When the baby is breastfed by the mother, it will remain in ketosis. A keto-adapted baby can convert ketone bodies into myelin and acetyl-CoA. Ketosis helps them to build and develop their brains. The mother’s coconut oil intake increases lauric acid, which supports healthy metabolism when the baby is breastfed.

 

Conclusion

Pregnant women and their unborn babies can benefit from the keto pregnancy diet, but make sure to seek the guidence of your gynecologist/midwife regarding the diet is essential to ensure you and your baby’s health.

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