Dr. Michael Fox is not the first person to suggest that the cause of morning sickness and hyperemesis gravidarum starts with blood sugar dysregulation but he is one of the few OB-GYN and Reproductive Endocrinologists who suggests that eating a ketogenic diet during pregnancy is not only safe for mom and baby but also the answer to this blood sugar dysregulation.
Dr. Fox thinks that the problem starts with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), then gets worse when women eat carbohydrates (which turn into sugar in the blood) to combat the nausea (crackers anyone?), which can spike insulin 2-3 times what it would be in a non-pregnant woman, then add in dehydration, which makes everything worse, loss of nutrients (from vomiting and not eating) (especially magnesium, zinc and b vitamins) and so begins the cascade of symptoms that spirals out of control leaving the newly pregnant women feeling like she’s dying with no hope of coming out of it. Add in doctors and nurses telling a women that it’s “normal” and there is nothing that can be done and you have a very bad scene.
In this episode we discuss:
- Ideal diet for Fertility, pregnancy, and beyond
- Fat provides the most sustained energy for the longest length of time
- Carbs= Sugar
- “Fat protects you against hypoglycemia better than any other macronutrient.”
- Minimum time to be on diet to prepare for pregnancy, 6 weeks. 12 weeks would be ideal.
- Older cultures had special foods and preparations for fertile couples to have healthy babies.
- It’s hard to convince women that they need to eat a lot of fat
- If ketosis was bad, we wouldn’t be here.
- Not enough studies about nutritional ketosis and pregnancy
- It would take thousands of patients to study to be statistically relevant
- Pre-eclampsia related to insulin resistance
- It’s hard to accept that nutrition could be an effective treatment
- Many diseases are nutritional in nature
Links mentioned in this episode:
- Dr. Fox Website
- Podcast with Diana
- Podcast with Lily about Gestational Diabetes and a low carb/high fat diet
- Diana’s article about her experience with low carb/high fat diet to prevent HG