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Is Ketosis Safe During Pregnancy?

Absolutely.

I should preface this article by saying: this is not medical advice and any information provided should be discussed with your doctor prior to making a change in your diet or supplementation.

Now, this is a hot topic amongst new moms in the community who are learning about the benefits of ketosis. They are wondering, “but is it safe for me and my baby?”

The mother will experience all the beauties of ketosis for herself. And the baby, will in turn receive these ketones through the placenta. An interesting fact is that the mother will actually become more insulin resistant towards the end of gestation to force a push of nutrients to the fetus through the placenta. This is when the ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones are needed more than ever. Primarily, it will help the mother curb cravings that would spike insulin; and secondarily, it will ensure the fetus gets everything it needs to physiologically grow at the capacity it needs to before birth.

Similarly , Maria Emmerich shares the science behind breastfeeding and why it’s even more beneficial for the baby when mom is in ketosis. Children are born into a state of ketosis. Breast milk is naturally high in fat, which will reinforce the infant being in ketosis and becoming keto-adapted. This will help the child’s brain develop more efficiently. Coconut oil increases lauric acid in the breast milk, which is a rare medium chain fatty acid that promotes a healthy metabolism.

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You know what’s even better? The mother in ketosis will have more natural energy, will want to be more physically active and will have a strong brain to handle the challenges proposed when being pregnant and carrying a child.

Ketotic.org states “When the brain is in its period of highest growth, and when the source of food is likely to be close to what it evolved to be for that period, ketones are used to fuel that growth.” That means that, even as the infant grows, it needs to be provided with a ketogenic diet and ketones to help accelerate its development physiologically. For some reason, parents get soft and allow their children to become obsessed with sugar. Most parents don’t just let their kiddos have sugar every once in awhile; they allow the child to bargain by using treats and desserts.

Unfortunately, the child usually wins that sugar battle.

All the care taken by the mother to create an incredible child during gestation needs to continue as we teach the children of our future how to care for their brain and body.

To a happy and healthy mom and baby,

Coral A.J. Gibson

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and the Ketogenic Diet Intervention

A good friend and co-worker of mine and I have been recently discussing her struggle with PCOS and the research I have collected to show the positive effects being in ketosis has on the human body for those women battling PCOS.  In light of our conversations, I found this would be a great opportunity to share this with other women who could benefit from having this knowledge!

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is often associated with symptoms of excess testosterone: irregular or absent menses, excessive body hair,  and infertility. PCOS is also associated with medical abnormalities such as central obesity, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and dyslipidemia.

PCOS Awareness Infographic
PCOS Awareness Infographic (PRNewsFoto/PCOS Challenge, Inc.)

A pilot study conducted in 2005 by John C MavropoulosWilliam S YancyJuanita Hepburn, and  Eric C Westman instructed 5 females who passed a screening test based on diagnosis of having PCOS, chronic anovulation (missing or irregular menses) and a BMI greater than 27 kg/m2. In summary, in this pilot study, LCKD was followed consisting of the following parameters:

  1. fewer than 20 grams of carbohydrate per day (as tolerated throughout the 6-month study period)
  2. unlimited consumption of animal foods (meat, chicken, turkey, other fowl, fish, shellfish)
  3. prepared and fresh cheeses (up to 4 and 2 ounces per day, respectively)
  4. unlimited eggs
  5. salad vegetables (2 cupfuls per day)
  6. low carbohydrate vegetables (1 cupful per day)
  7. strongly encouraged to drink at least six 8-ounce glasses of permitted fluids per day
  8. encouraged to take one multivitamin per day
  9. encouraged to exercise at least three times per week on their own, although this was not mandatory
  10. discouraged to drink caffeine and alcohol

This pilot study showed that adherence to a LCKD led to improvement in body weight, percent free testosterone, LH/FSH ratio (associated with fertility), fasting serum insulin, and other symptoms in women diagnosed with PCOS over a six-month period.

In “KETO Clarity” by Jimmy Moore and Eric Westman, MD, the effects of a ketogenic diet on PCOS is again highly acknowledged. Referring to the same study referenced above, women had an average weight loss of 12% (i.e. decrease from 180 lbs to 159 lbs!) In fact, it was also reported that 2 of the 5 women actually became pregnant DURING the study despite previous infertility issues. ASTOUNDING!! In conjunction with a low-carb, high fat ketogenic diet (LCKD) and regular exercise, Pruvit’s exogenous ketones as part of the Ketone Operating System put the body in ketosis in under 59 minutes to reap the benefits even quicker (see link below)!

If you are also interested in listening to stories from other women with PCOS and their success with the ketogenic diet, tune into KetoKarma’s Youtube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3yzxCrpGXY.

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