Is Keto right for your pregnancy?
For the last few weeks, we have been reviewing different diets and evaluating their suitability for pregnancy. Today, we are talking about the ketogenic (keto) diet. The keto diet is higher in fats and oils and restricts carbohydrates to a minimum so that your body uses up its stored carbohydrates and begins burning fat. This is great for weight loss (think postpartum weight loss), but remember that you’re not trying to lose weight when you’re pregnant.
You don’t need to severely restrict carbohydrates in pregnancy, but if you have diabetes and your glucoses are stubbornly elevated, incorporating keto recipes into your diet may help. Look for recipes that use healthy fats – eggs, nuts, avocados, etc.
- 2 large eggs per serving
- 1 tsp ghee or butter
- 1-2 tsp finely chopped fresh or dried chives, tarragon, parsley, thyme, or other herbs
- salt, pepper to taste
- Break eggs into a small bowl and add desired herbs with a pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk until combined.
- Heat small nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Add ghee to the pan and swirl to coat surface.
- Pour eggs into the hot pan, stir lazily with a silicone spatula until eggs are set to the desired doneness.
- Spoon eggs onto a plate, add additional salt and pepper if desired.
- Top with cheese, salsa, sour cream, or more herbs if desired.
Try some keto recipes if you have elevated blood sugars or if you just want to limit weight gain in pregnancy. And check out my brand new free PDF cheatsheet Diet Guide for more information about the Whole30, Mediterranean, Paleo, and keto diets. Subscribe below and it’s yours!
Want help conquering your diabetes?
Keep watching – I will be introducing a course next month on conquering diabetes in pregnancy! It’s a complete guide to managing diabetes, with detailed weekly segments covering nutrition, checking your glucoses, meal planning, diet advice, medication information, exercise, recipes, troubleshooting, and lots of downloadable forms for recording menus, blood glucoses, and diet logs.
If you’re pregnant with diabetes, have diabetes and are wanting to become pregnant or have another baby but are worried about getting gestational diabetes then this course is exactly for you.
More details to come. Make sure you grab the free cheatsheet Diet Guide when you join my email list and you’ll be the first to know when I open enrollment for the course.