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Ketones In Urine During Pregnancy

Ketones in the urine during pregnancy is a health concern which some women experience during those crucial nine months. Although, it is not a high-risk pregnancy complication, studies reveal that it can be a cause of worry. Ketones are substances derived from fat breakdown. They are used by the body as a source of energy under emergency circumstances, like starvation or glucose deficiency, in order to survive. In other words, ketones in the urine are formed when the body's fat reserves are used to generate energy. Ketones in the blood further leads to ketosis. Weakness, nausea, lethargy, and excess sweating are signs of ketosis. Occurrence Our body gets its energy from the food we eat, which gets converted into glucose or blood sugar. It is insulin which provides an easy access to this blood sugar. During pregnancy, the placental hormones make the body resistant to insulin, which subsequently restricts the glucose in the blood from entering the cells. Hence, though the blood will be enriched with blood sugar, the cells will be deprived of the required energy. As a result, the cells start accessing other energy sources, like the fat stores, resulting in ketones as the byproduct of t Continue reading >>

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  1. Beccaboo0713

    I was in triage last night for 6.5 hours for fever and dehydration. The baby was showing up as lethargic, the did a chest xray to rule out pneumonia, a flu test, and took tons of urine samples. It turns out I have the flu so they put me on the z pack (for underlying infection) and gave me tamiflu.
    The reason I was there so long is because they kept checking my urine and it kept showing moderate amounts of ketones. I had an IV and drank 1000cc's in liquid (juice and water). Finally they told me I could be discharged if I checked my keytones this morning at home and called them if they are still not 'normal'. Otherwise they wanted to admit me. Well I check this morning and they aren't normal.
    I looked it up and from what I found it's not from dehydration but from starvation.
    I was just wondering if ketones in urine are really that bad. The reason I am asking here and not just calling my doctor is because I think the doctor on call is an idiot. (this is not my first encounter with him)

  2. chicsub

    I had the norovirus twice this pregnancy (joy) and after the first bout I had a prenatal appointment and had ketones. I researched the crap out of it as usual b/c that's what I do! Ketones can stay in your urine for several days (vs. checking your blood) after you are back to normal, hydrated and no longer starving. It's a bigger deal when you have GD, but that's also up for debate.

  3. AllyInMaine

    I'm not an expert... but I believe ketones mean your body is in starvation mode, which for a growing baby, is a problem. Try to eat something (I know you have the flu). What did your doctor tell you? Are you eating enough?

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