My plan is to share with you weekly updates about how my pregnancy is going. Do I like attention? Surprisingly, I really don’t. But I do love to help people. I’m hoping that you can relate to my experiences and even provide some hope for yourself.
This week I find myself excited but also starting to fight the negative thoughts that are trying to creep in and cause unnecessary worry. I’m not sure how far along I am. Not sure if the baby is ectopic. Not sure what supplements and medications I need to add or remove. Oh, and I just got off my anxiety medication and am trying to keep calm.
Worrywart: I know worrying won’t really help anything. I’m really trying to keep the thoughts of things I cannot control out of my mind. Here’s the current list of crazy concerns, which probably aren’t crazy, but I can’t do too much about at this moment:
- Is this an ectopic pregnancy?
- Will I have a miscarriage?
- Will the baby be healthy?
- Am I hurting my baby with keto?
- Am I taking enough or too much or the wrong supplements?
I’m trying not to allow myself to spin out of control…but it is not easy.
I don’t want to hurt my baby. I’m so thankful for this blessing and I want to do everything I can to try and do what I need to do to take good care of the baby. By the way, I don’t know how many babies there are or what the gender is yet, so my husband and I actually call the baby, Baby Bear. Our family has bear themed nicknames =)
I’ve spent hours researching which supplements and medications I should be avoiding. Most of that time was spent comparing what I already consume. You would think it would be so easy to figure out, but I take a bunch of helpful blends.
If I stop my supplements, which helped fill nutritional gaps, how do I just stop them without having an adverse impact?
Did I mention that I have an anxiety? LOL Keto really has helped and I am off of my medication. I just want to do everything correctly. This might be my only chance to have a baby and I want to do the best I can.
I apologize for the rant in today’s blog. I really do have a plan which helps me to keep calm and stay focused on the positives and grounded in reality.
#1: I typed a list of all supplements and medications (I now only take medications as needed for sinus infections, migraines, etc.), as well as a list of each ingredient for the blends. I will be taking this to the OBGYN and my nutritionist for review.
#2: I have an appointment tomorrow morning with the OBGYN. I plan to ask a bunch of questions and see how the baby is doing, as well as, do blood work. This will confirm where Baby Bear has implanted, how many and where I am health-wise regarding nutrition. With this information I can make changes to my supplements more comfortably.
I do wonder what the OBGYN is like. I’ve never met her and I’m almost certain she will say I’m too fat, I’m still unhealthy, very high risk and that everything else I am curious about is a bad idea. (I’m curious about a midwife and possibly giving birth at home in a calmer and more natural setting. The hospital is literally down the road if I have to go.)
#3: I have an appointment with the nutritionist in a couple of days. She seems knowledgeable and supportive and I look forward to seeing what she has to say about my overall health and being pregnant. My mom went to a nutritionist for most of her life and he really helped her with her health. I feel very comfortable with this route of treatment and guidance.
#4: I need to remember that God gave me this baby and He will bring us through this. If the baby is sick, it will be okay. I think the OBGYN might want to run certain tests to know if the baby has downs syndrome or other issues. But I don’t see that knowing this would change anything and don’t really want to take those tests.
I think you get the picture.
I’m really not trying to stress out or worry. I think these are probably common concerns, especially with women in their late 30s with PCOS (and obviously, anxiety).
Regarding the keto, my plan is pretty simple…
It has worked well for me this far. I will continue until I feel otherwise. I will likely increase my daily net carbs from 20 to 50, possibly even up to 100…but I’m taking it day by day and only increasing as needed. For now I’m still doing well at under 20. Also, I will ask my doctor’s to keep a close eye on my blood sugar, blood pressure, hormone levels, and vitamin/mineral levels so that I can make necessary adjustments.
I’m mostly worried the OBGYN will think everything I’m doing is wrong and won’t be supportive. So, I’m making a list of questions and concerns to talk about with my first appointment tomorrow morning:
- Based on my list of supplements and medications, what should I avoid? And, what should I add?
- Is regular blood work possible to check the levels of my nutrition, electrolytes and vitamins? I want to be sure I’m getting enough for the baby but not too much to hurt the baby.
- Is Keto okay for the health of the baby? Is there a way to monitor how this may be impacting the baby?
- How is the baby doing so far? Did the baby implant in the right place?
- What are your thoughts of midwives, home birthing, and natural/drug-free childbirth?
My next post I’ll include what happened this week and what I’ve been eating so you can have a good idea as to what works on keto and pregnancy. I’m not having food aversions yet, so you may find that what I’m eating won’t suit you. But it should help give you ideas none the less.
Are you having concerns about your pregnancy too? Do you have experience with getting through this? What are some questions you would ask your OBGYN? If you’d like to share, please comment below. We are a community and if we don’t share we may feel alone and lost.
If you’re interested in learning a bit about Keto, check out this post about what Keto Is (keto basics) and How to Get Started. It’s easy to read and is based on my experience over the last year following the ketogenic lifestlye.
You can also check out the Beck Does Keto…And, So Can You facebook group where we share recipes, ideas, funny memes and general support. You shouldn’t do this alone!