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Old 02-14-2007, 01:13 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My last 3 midwife visits I have had ketones in my urine. The first 2 times it showed up, it was just trace amounts. The last time she said it was +2. Not sure what this means She didn't seem concerned, but I am just curious.

Everything else looks perfect.

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ketones in the urine is usually a sign that your body is putting out more energy than it is getting in (i.e., food). if you haven't eaten in awhile, like a pretty long while, ketones are likely to happen.

or, it could have been something faulty with the sticks.

in non-pregnant people, ketones in the urine (aside from not eating enough) could point to diabetes.
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There were keytones in my urine during my first trimester because I had severe morning sickness and was vomiting all the time. As soon as I took on some liquid nutrition it stopped.
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Ketones are produced when your body has to start dipping into its fat stores for energy. In most cases it simply means someone is not eating enough.

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Thanks I have been keeping a diet diary the last two days, and I would be very surprised if the amount of food I am eating is inadequate. I have a Lap-Band, so I can't eat much at one time...but I eat almost constantly.

I guess I will just watch it and see what happens
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What kind of prenatal are you taking? Normally I don't push prenatals but with the Lap-Band you should make sure you're taking a premium prenatal. And are you eating enough protein?

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I am taking Prenatal Forte vitamins, and getting between 60-80 grams of protein/day. My midwife suggested I try to increase my protein intake to 80-100 gr./day so I am making smoothies at night now.
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Ketones in urine can also be caused by eating a high-protein diet. It's just a side effect of the high protein diet. I'd guess that's why your midwife is not concerned. I'd say you are eating a pretty high protein diet right now.
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I thought that was only in the case of protein consumption coupled with carb fasting.

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I thought that was only in the case of protein consumption coupled with carb fasting.
That was what I thought, too : I started checking my blood sugar today (I have a glucometer). And it is well within normal range--fasting and 1.5-2hours after eating.



I guess I'm fine.
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ketones are the end product of rapid or excess fatty acid burning

causes for it to show up on a urine strip
* Metabolic abnormalities, including uncontrolled diabetes or glycogen storage disease
* Abnormal nutritional conditions, including starvation, fasting, anorexia, high protein or low carbohydrate diets
* Vomiting frequently over a long period of time, including hyperemesis gravidarum (a severe form of morning sickness)
* Disorders of increased metabolism, including hyperthyroidism, fever, acute or severe illness, burns, pregnancy, lactation (nursing a baby), or post-surgical condition
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