Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Low Carb Pregnancy (Surprise!!)

If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you may recall that I was recently diagnosed with PCOS-related infertility in March.  My blood glucose was being managed by a strict, ketogenic, low-carb diet, and by March, I had lost weight, and felt a number of health benefits, including increased energy.  However, I wasn’t ovulating, and probably hadn’t been ovulating for years.  In fact, I have menstruated only once in the past year – in April – and that was courtesy of a 10-day course of Provera.

Imagine my surprise when I found out on Father’s Day that I am pregnant!  We weren't trying to get pregnant (nor were we trying to prevent pregnancy, exactly), and I did not think that I was able to get pregnant.  Where did this new-found fertility come from?  We are very excited!!

I am still going to stay relatively low carb – between 50-100 net grams of carbs per day – because I have been advised to stay out of ketosis while I’m pregnant.  I’m still avoiding wheat and other grain products, potatoes and rice (I found to my dismay that eating grain products results in discomfort).  The extra carbs are coming from fruits and vegetables that I’m adding in to my regular diet, dispersed throughout the day. 

So, the focus of this blog is going to change from weight loss and fitness to maintaining a healthy pregnancy, using low carb principles to keep my blood sugar stable, to stay fit, and to prevent unhealthy weight gain.

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