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Gestational-Diabetes and Anemia during pregnancy while eating Paleo, why?

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Created January 09, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Hello, I've been following a Paleo diet for the last 16 months. I'm six months pregnant with twins and had lab results come back stating that my glucose is high and my iron is low. I am trying to understand why that would happen. I have to admit my diet hasn't been perfect in the last few months. But I would say that 90% of my meals contain a protein (typically GF beef or wild caught fish, and sometimes chicken/lamb/pork) with tons of veggies (lots of dark greens) and a significant portion of fat (olive oil, GF butter, coconut oil or avocado). I snack on cheese, nuts, and fruits - maybe too much fruit... one or two a day. I drink bone broths and take pre-natal vitamins. Where I have gone off is in an occasional pizza night (I've been too tired to cook a few times), a few milky ways (I got hooked during halloween), I had cheesecake twice, and ice cream about 6 times during the whole pregnancy. Any thoughts? Although my diet has not been perfect, I certainly didn't think a few bad choices would put me in the diabetic and anemic range. I am just trying to understand the science and how following such a close Paleo diet could put me in this situation.

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And many more reports about just how good it is for pregnancy.

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Thanks for the articles. I was wondering how my body was going to clear the loaded 'fruit punch' I was given. It is the most sugar I've had in months; it made my heart race like crazy for hours! So to 'pass' my next set of tests and not get into lengthy debates about nutrition with my doctors, I need to teach my body to once again burn through loads of glucose. Great. Maybe I'll start incorporating white rice into my meals...

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in case you missed it, the fourth link was in a comment under my answer

(here it is again, robb wolf gestational diabetes oral glucose tolerance test)

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with the gestational diabetes 'thing', if your diet has been mostly low carb for a while, have a look at the four links i posted in an answer here, they may be relevant to your situation.

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Disclaimer: I'm no doctor and this is no medical advice.

If I were in your position, I'd cut out the gluten. I'd eat gluten-free pizza/pasta if I had cravings. I wouldn't cut on fruit, fermented goat dairy. Regarding iron, I'd eat lentils. After 24 hours soaking and pressure cooking lentils, most lectins are destroyed according to research. I believe that lentils once a week should give me a better balance for iron, B1, folate and other vitamins. In fact, for folate (which is important in pregancy) you won't find another food with as much in it. Also, I'd eat liver once a week for more iron. IF I could tolerate oysters, I'd definitely get some weekly too.

I'd say do a B12 test too. IF you come out short on it, despite eating so much fish/meat/eggs, I'd say that your gut doesn't absorb properly some vitamins and might have had something to do with all this.

Now, on the other side of Paleo, the Epi-Paleo diet by Dr Jack Kruse, he would probably add the following: stop drinking water with added fluoride, stop all EMF (e.g. turn off wifi, get away from cellphones/computers/screens etc), go out and walk in the sun barefoot daily, sleep by 10 PM, eat oysters often (IF tolerated). Kruse doesn't have have many fans among most Paleos, however, if nothing else helps, it might be an idea to try his suggestions.

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Lots of reports of low-carb and pregnancy not going well together. Dial some carbs back in, you're doing something very energy intensive (i.e. growing a new human!)

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And many more reports about just how good it is for pregnancy.

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