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Pregnant and low carb?

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MushroomTree Sat 20-Aug-16 19:59:05

Long time low carber but I've just found out I'm pregnant (very early) so the question is, what can I eat?

Obviously the health of my baby is the most important thing, but equally I'd rather not put on 6 million stone in baby weight by embracing every carb on offer!

I know I can't bootcamp when pregnant or breastfeeding, but can I do a modified low carb? Or do I need to accept carbs are going to be a part of my life for the next year and get back on the bandwagon when baby is a bit older?


AppleMagic Sat 20-Aug-16 20:09:37

I live in the US and am pregnant with diabetes. I have to see a qualified nutritionist monthly as well as an endocrinologist (because they love to bill my insurance as much as possible) and both have said that I need to make sure that I eat 200g carbs a day to prevent ketones and allow the baby to grow properly.

Having said that, I actually lost weight in both my previous pregnancies (in the UK) and none of the medical team I saw were worried as long as the baby was growing ok (and I wasn't testing positive for ketones) so it's not a given that you need to put on weight to have a healthy baby (even in my case where I wasn't overweight to start with).

AppleMagic Sat 20-Aug-16 20:13:08

I've just remembered that the nutritionist calculated the number of carbs I needed to eat based on my weight and activity level so 200g might just be specific to me, sorry.

EllenDegenerate Mon 22-Aug-16 10:07:20

Hi, I've just started to do modified low carb at almost 25 weeks pregnant.
This is mainly because I was craving carbs all the time and felt absolutely shocking, I was eating approx 2350 calls per day of which approx 70% was carbs (sugar, white bread) I've gained 16lbs this pregnancy which isn't lots but I'd appreciate it if the gain slowed down a bit now as approx 6lbs of that has been in the last month.

So I've started MFP, set my calories to 1800 calls, macros are carbs 20%,protein 40%, fat 40%

I'm still eating all fruits and veg, full fat milk and wholemeal bread so it's not VLC.
I've had fabulous appetite control eating this way and I feel much better.

When I'm breastfeeding I plan to adjust my ratios to 10/60/30. Hopefully I won't have masses of weight to lose.
I think it's important to stay out of keypads during pregnancy so aim for 90-100 g of carbs per day.

HTH smile

EllenDegenerate Mon 22-Aug-16 10:09:48

Keypads lol, I mean ketosis sorry.
Carb levels of 100g per day are extremely unlikely to induce a ketotic state.

MushroomTree Wed 24-Aug-16 11:45:17

Thanks for the replies. I've added a few carbs back in but I'm keeping them minimal and sticking to the "good" carbs like sweet potato.

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