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Is it safe to conceive?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM

After 2.5 years of telling my doctor that something wasn't right and being told I was "fine", I've found a new doc. He seems good, quite multidisciplinary, but he's never heard of Paleo (they're a bit behind the curve on that here in Germany) and he's concerned about my preliminary panel results without seeing a possible treatment plan in them.

My homeopath is generally happy with ourprogress but says I still have some acidosis, dysbiosis, and that my endocrine problems stem from the hypothalamus. Both men say I need to drink more water.

33 year old caucasian female, 1 year paleo (some safe starches now that the weather is cooling off), gluten and lactose intolerant, suspected endocrine disruption (certainly stress, possibly infection).

Primary complaint: hairloss and heart palpitations, postural presyncope. Hoping to concieve in the immediate future

FASTED bloodwork:

  • Glucose 97 mg/dl
  • uric acid 4.8 mg/dl
  • iron 113 ??g/dl
  • Ferritin 136 ??g/l
  • GFR(CKD-EPI) 83 ml/min/1.73qm
  • Vit D 52 mnol/l

Total cholesterol 341 mg/dl

  • Triglycerides 91 mg/dl
  • HDL 62
  • LDL 270

Thyroid panel

  • Free T3 2.7 pg.ml
  • Free T4 1.4 ng/dl
  • TSH (basal) 2.76 mlU/l
  • TPO 15 U/ml (note: this is referred to as Thyreoperioxidase-AAK in the lab report)
  • TSH receptor AKK (TRAK) negative

What say you, PaleoHacks? What the heck is wrong with me? Is my cholesterol profile okay? Is this a body that could optimally grow a person? (Or what else should I know before I can say that?)

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on January 11, 2012
at 03:53 PM

"The medical profession warns pregnant women that vitamin A increases the risk of birth defects. This belief can be traced to a single study published in 1995 that purportedly found an increase in the risk of birth defects among mothers consuming more than 10,000 IU per day...there are several important flaws in this study. Every other published study on this subject shows this amount of vitamin A to be safe―indeed, one major study of over 25,000 births showed that daily doses of vitamin A up to 40,000 IU cut the risk of birth defects in half."(Vitamins for Fetal Development, Chris Masterjohn)

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on January 06, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Isn't it carotene (vegetable vit A) and synthetic vitamin A that's dangerous? Also I thought that the more vitamin D you have, the more vitamin A (animal) you can tolerate? It's an interesting topic.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 30, 2011
at 09:51 PM

And too much Vitamin A can be toxic to the fetus in pregnancy...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 30, 2011
at 09:49 PM

You are better off with Carlson's Solar D Gems, if you can get them. The high Vitamin A content of the FCLO will interefere with the Vitamin D.

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on November 30, 2011
at 08:00 PM

I've been meaning to upgrade to Green Pastures FCLO; this is the kick in the pants to do it! I've been considering tanning beds anyway but hesitating due to cost. Perhaps the "cost" needs to be more broadly considered? Thanks again for your perspective. I had to ask to have the VitD tested, and my score fits the recommended range (13-118) nicely - another example of calling average normal?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Getting your D up will probably help a lot with your symptoms. As a hormone pre-cursor is it absolutely essential. You need an oil-based D3 supplement, unless you can find some tanning beds.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on November 30, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Lauren~ *Sorry* I didn't see it before. Your D level is *very* low. When converted, it is only ~ 21 ng/ml. You really want to get it up to 50-80 ng/ml (125-200 nmol/l) Here's a link to a blog post & the Vitamin D Council newsletter on the topic:http://sondrarose.blogspot.com/2011/08/vitamin-d-deficiency-pregnancy.html

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on November 30, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Thank you both; I agree with your perspective. To clarify: my main stressor is being an immigrant, and the only way to change that is to either move (huge new stressor) or wait. I'm taking a large dose of mag citrate, a prenatal and cod liver oil. I can look into zinc. In our household of 2 adults and one small child, we consume 36 to 40 eggs a week and eat flesh daily including organ meats once a week and fish twice a week. I'm hyperaware of the risks of ill-advised pregnancy. I'm wondering if the hair loss is now residual and the cause remedied, but not sure if the labs can tell me that.

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on November 30, 2011
at 04:32 PM

Agreed. Speaking as a pregnancy coach: The healthier (emotionally & physically) my clients are going into pregnancy, the easier their pregnancies and births are. In addition to Magnesium, Zinc is also deficient for many women.

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on November 30, 2011
at 04:19 PM

From a midwife's perspective, I would say that now is not an optimal time for you to conceive. Regardless of your blood-work, you have some pretty substantial physical complaints. Pregnancy is a huge stressor on the body, so going into it when you're feeling less than healthy is never something I would recommend.

You don't say much about your specific diet. "Paleo" doesn't really say much, as there are many different ways of eating that can be The hair loss would make me think that your protein intake may be sub-optimal, and the heart palpitations may reflect a number of issues, including things like magnesium deficiency, adrenal issues, etc. I think that, before you decide to conceive, you need to make sure that you're in a place where you're healthy, strong, and your nutrition is well suited to your body. Pregnancy is enough of a strain if you -are- healthy... it's hard on both mother and baby when mom's dealing with health issues of her own.

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on November 30, 2011
at 04:43 PM

Thank you both; I agree with your perspective. To clarify: my main stressor is being an immigrant, and the only way to change that is to either move (huge new stressor) or wait. I'm taking a large dose of mag citrate, a prenatal and cod liver oil. I can look into zinc. In our household of 2 adults and one small child, we consume 36 to 40 eggs a week and eat flesh daily including organ meats once a week and fish twice a week. I'm hyperaware of the risks of ill-advised pregnancy. I'm wondering if the hair loss is now residual and the cause remedied, but not sure if the labs can tell me that.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 30, 2011
at 05:45 PM

Getting your D up will probably help a lot with your symptoms. As a hormone pre-cursor is it absolutely essential. You need an oil-based D3 supplement, unless you can find some tanning beds.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 30, 2011
at 09:51 PM

And too much Vitamin A can be toxic to the fetus in pregnancy...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 30, 2011
at 05:42 PM

Lauren~ *Sorry* I didn't see it before. Your D level is *very* low. When converted, it is only ~ 21 ng/ml. You really want to get it up to 50-80 ng/ml (125-200 nmol/l) Here's a link to a blog post & the Vitamin D Council newsletter on the topic:http://sondrarose.blogspot.com/2011/08/vitamin-d-deficiency-pregnancy.html

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 30, 2011
at 04:32 PM

Agreed. Speaking as a pregnancy coach: The healthier (emotionally & physically) my clients are going into pregnancy, the easier their pregnancies and births are. In addition to Magnesium, Zinc is also deficient for many women.

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on November 30, 2011
at 08:00 PM

I've been meaning to upgrade to Green Pastures FCLO; this is the kick in the pants to do it! I've been considering tanning beds anyway but hesitating due to cost. Perhaps the "cost" needs to be more broadly considered? Thanks again for your perspective. I had to ask to have the VitD tested, and my score fits the recommended range (13-118) nicely - another example of calling average normal?

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on November 30, 2011
at 09:49 PM

You are better off with Carlson's Solar D Gems, if you can get them. The high Vitamin A content of the FCLO will interefere with the Vitamin D.

19acef0aed67ef8dc1118d8e74edb349

(2954)

on January 06, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Isn't it carotene (vegetable vit A) and synthetic vitamin A that's dangerous? Also I thought that the more vitamin D you have, the more vitamin A (animal) you can tolerate? It's an interesting topic.

E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

(383)

on January 11, 2012
at 03:53 PM

"The medical profession warns pregnant women that vitamin A increases the risk of birth defects. This belief can be traced to a single study published in 1995 that purportedly found an increase in the risk of birth defects among mothers consuming more than 10,000 IU per day...there are several important flaws in this study. Every other published study on this subject shows this amount of vitamin A to be safe―indeed, one major study of over 25,000 births showed that daily doses of vitamin A up to 40,000 IU cut the risk of birth defects in half."(Vitamins for Fetal Development, Chris Masterjohn)

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E76821f1019f5284761bc4c33f2bf044

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on November 30, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Can anyone comment on the cholesterol numbers? The numbers are so far outside of the indicated range that I'm freaked out, and I'm reading through threads here as fast as I can to get an idea of alternative interpretations.

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