Glucose Tolerance Test
The glucose tolerance test is normally performed between 26 and 28 weeks gestation. It is preceded by a screening test, and if you fail the screening test, you then take the glucose tolerance. It consists of drinking a glucose solution with 75 of carbohydrates. A 2-oz Snickers candy bar has 35 grams of sugar. So this would be like eating two candy bars in a row. Two hours later, your blood will be drawn and your blood glucose tested.
It is very important that your blood glucose not be elevated during pregnancy, as chronically elevated blood sugar increases your child’s risk of developing diabetes by six-fold, and increases the likelihood of the mother developing full blown diabetes in the decade following the pregnancy by 67%. However, there’s a big problem with the glucose tolerance test. Most pregnant women aren’t going to eat two candy bars in a row. So do the results of this test truly show how your blood sugar behaves when eating your normal diet? Also, eating that much sugar is not good for your baby.
A better idea is to buy a blood glucose meter that diabetics use to test their blood glucose. Ideally, you should start measuring your blood sugars at the beginning of pregnancy. Why wait until 26 weeks at which time you may have been experiencing elevated blood sugar for weeks without knowing it? Your blood sugars should never go above 140 after eating a normal meal.
If you are following the Ketogenic diet, which is the healthiest diet, you should never even approach 140. If you do test at or over 140, transition to the Ketogenic Lifestyle immediately. Your baby’s body is constructed from large amounts of fat and protein. Carbohydrates are not necessary to normal health or development. There are “essential fatty acids” and “essential amino acids” from protein, but there’s no such thing as an essential carbohydrate. Therefore, get your carbs as low as you can. This will help control your blood sugar without diabetic medications. Ideally, you should eat less than 20 carbs per day. Eat a diet rich in meat, eggs, and saturated fats. Avoid oils like canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, vegetable oil, safflower oil, or any polyunsaturated oil, as these cause inflammation. Approved keto fats are butter, lard, beef tallow, bacon fat, avocado oil, olive oil and coconut oil.
if you are worried about eating so much saturated fat, see Cholesterol and Saturated Fat still being Scapegoated by Doctors.
There are very important vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and proteins that your baby must have to develop normally. A vegan diet is deficient in these nutrients, and is not an ancestrally-appropriate diet for pregnancy. Vitamin A and Vitamin B12 cannot be obtained from any source other than animal products. Taking supplements of these vitamins is also not appropriate. Beta carotene does convert to Vitamin A, but most people are not efficient converters of beta carotene, so only a tiny amount of beta carotene in the diet actually gets converted, and this is not enough to meet your baby’s needs. Vitamin B12 is also not well absorbed from supplements.
The ideal situation would be for any woman who is thinking of getting pregnant to convert to the ketogenic diet three months before conception so blood sugar issues will be resolved before the pregnancy.
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