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What Causes High Ketone Levels During Pregnancy?

My daughter is 32 weeks pregnant and has gestational diabetes (she s not over weight and has gained only 10 lbs. she tested her Keytones this AM and the level was high. She s altered her diet and she eats mostly proteins and has eliminated all sugar. She s worried high Keytones will affect her son
Mon, 24 Jan 2022
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According to the studies, usually all women have elevated ketone levels during pregnancy. But excess ketones in a pregnant woman's urine may indicate that you and your baby are not getting enough calories in your diet. Some studies have shown that presence of excess ketones in pregnant woman's urine may affect the brain functions of a upcoming baby and baby may born with future learning disabilities and poor IQ. Again, in pregnant women with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, ketone levels may increase in their urine which can develop a life threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. So, if increased ketone levels is found in pregnant woman's urine, then she should consult her doctor immediately for medical help.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Zubayer Alam, General And Family Physician,
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What Causes High Ketone Levels During Pregnancy?

Hi, According to the studies, usually all women have elevated ketone levels during pregnancy. But excess ketones in a pregnant woman s urine may indicate that you and your baby are not getting enough calories in your diet. Some studies have shown that presence of excess ketones in pregnant woman s urine may affect the brain functions of a upcoming baby and baby may born with future learning disabilities and poor IQ. Again, in pregnant women with uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, ketone levels may increase in their urine which can develop a life threatening condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. So, if increased ketone levels is found in pregnant woman s urine, then she should consult her doctor immediately for medical help. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Zubayer Alam, General And Family Physician,