I recently received the following question:
PLEASE help me shed some light on this topic! There does not seem to be reliable evidence anywhere. I have been paleo for about four months and have successfully used the paleo eating plan to shed some extra weight. I am currently six weeks pregnant and concerned because I am in ketosis. I started monitoring with ketosis before I found out I was pregnant and have been in ketosis more often than not in the past few months. I know our paleolithic ancestors were surely in ketosis during pregnancy and the high fat/protein, no carb diet of the Inuits didn’t change due to pregnancy. Is there any information you know of that says whether or not ketosis is harmful during pregnancy? Do you know of anyone who has gone though pregnancy in ketosis regularly and to what end? Although I have more weight to lose, I’m not purposely staying in ketosis to lose weight at this point. I just can’t seem to eat enough carbs to stay out of it for very long. I’m very strict paleo as far as grains are concerned. I eat copious amounts of vegetables, moderate amounts of fruit and I don’t say no to sweet potatoes and even white potatoes. Help!
First of all if you are not sure what ketosis is click here. In short it is when your body is running off of a moderate protein, low carb, and high fat diet as your fuel source. To further clarify Paleo does not necessarily have to be a “low carb” diet. In the case of pregnancy and diet I feel that it is important to eat plenty of protein, good carbs, and good fats and not worry about restricting any calories as your body is under going serious change and will need lots of nutrients. This is a tough question for me to answer so I will turn it over to Robb Wolf the expert for a little more input.
“I can’t really add much more than Chrissy wrote, the focus should not be on weight loss at this point, but on health. Can one navigate a healthy pregnancy while in ketosis? Yes, but there is not need to do so. Eat more yams and sweet potatoes, focus more on fruit like berries and melons. Worry about losing the weight AFTER the pregnancy, but keep in mind, you need to eat healthy to breastfeed the new little one! Make this about health, do healthy things and the weight will take care of itself.”