Low carb while pregnant

I saw my primary care doctor today and he put me on a low carb diet to help me lose weight and i was wondering how i can do that when i get pregnant and if any other mothers who were expecting or are expecting right now ate low carb was it hard???? was it easy????? did your obgyn ok it???? FYI i am educating myself for pregnancy and motherhood i am not pregnant right now or even trying i am just training myself right now

  • Kieli
    Sep 13

    I was doing keto just before getting pregnant the second time. Literally the day I found out (4weeks) I stopped lol. About 2 weeks after I got such bad morning sickness I could basically only eat carbs to keep my stomach okay until second trimester. The morning sickness was so bad I had only gained 5 pounds by 20 weeks. Do I think it’s due able? Yes. Will it be hard? Yes. Just don’t eliminate carbs completely, eat a moderate amount and keep being active if he’s worried about weight gain.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 15

    If you think of it as eating clean instead of eating low carb, yeah, it's super easy. As long as tour getting vegetables and meat in your fine, and you can ease up slightly while not ruining your low carb diet.

  • Anonymous
    Sep 15

    And to back what Kieli said, I dealt with horrible morning sickness and was hospitalized on multiple occasions due to dehydration. I lost 20 pounds during my first two trimesters. The only thing I could *sometimes* keep down was bread.

  • Vicki
    Sep 16

    Low carb is not a bad thing to do while pregnant as long as you are eating enough calories and getting the right nutrients. Completely eliminating carbs would not be healthy. You should not be on a weight loss diet when you are pregnant but you can work with your doctor to have a healthy diet during that time. As previous posters have mentioned, most can only keep carbs down, especially in the first few months of pregnancy. Don’t stress about this and keep working with your doctor to be healthy.

  • AA
    Sep 16

    I’m not sure about this but I believe the midwife at my clinic said it’s okay to gain no weight (but not lose weight) during pregnancy as long as you were heavier to begin with and you’re eating healthy and exercising so that the baby/placenta/etc. replaces your pounds. If I were you, I’d check with my OB if I had any concerns. This was not my situation but I did have to eat a low carb diet because of gestational diabetes, so I’m sure the low carb stuff can be healthy or even required in some cases. Not sure if your insurance allows you to see a nutritionist but it might be worthwhile!

  • Mindy
    Sep 17

    I had to eat low to no carbs my third trimester because I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Keeping sugar to a minimum prevented the baby from health issues and growing too large in my womb. It was tough and I was very sad to cut out rice bread cake and eat mostly meat, lots of veggies, lower carb fruits, cheese, etc. it’s possible and I did it for two months. It was tough but I did it for my baby.

  • Jenn
    Oct 27

    Similar to Mindy, I also had to eat low carb due to gestational diabetes. I'm very thin and struggled at various points in my pregnancy to gain weight, despite eating a crap ton of ice cream pretty much every day (oops?) Getting lots of calories was very important for me but I had to cut the carbs drastically as my 1 hr test was at 205 (so high they didn't even have me do the 3 hr). I ate a lot of cheeseburgers, avocados, cheese, and nuts. It majorly sucked for about 4 days. It was still difficult the first few weeks, primarily because of habit breaking. At the end of my pregnancy it was so automatic and I felt so good, I actually figured I'd continue the diet after birth. Long story short, my daughter came out fine... and somehow did not inherit my taste for sweets 🤷🏼‍♀️ worked out great. As long as you are eating real food and getting the right amount of calories (and your doctor isn't concerned), I think you're fine 😊. The biggest adjustment is in the beginning when you are getting rid of the sugar cravings.