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28 Nov 2004

Dieting while pregnant
I am currently on a high protein diet, where my carb intake is limited to my morning meal. I have recently found out that I am pregnant, is it safe to continue with this diet?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Tanya
I would not recommend a high-protein diet which is also high in total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol and limits your carb intake to very low levels when you are pregnant. You run the risk of all kinds of deficiencies (B complex, calcium is you are not allowed milk and dairy - you need 4 cups of milk a day right now and other protective nutrients) and if your diet is devoid of fibre you may also become constipated (a condition that often occurs in pregnancy). Then there is the danger of your baby being exposed to ketones if you keep your carb intake to a minimum. The high protein intake can also put an added strain on your kidneys, which have to eliminate waste products for both of you. I would suggest that you stop this diet ASAP and return to eating a balanced diet that does not cut out any of the food groups. Click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Eating throughout life' and read all the articles on diet and pregnancy.
Enjoy your pregnancy, but do take care
DietDoc
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