In this case study, a 28yr old pregnant woman with stage 4 chronic kidney disease was given a plant-based diet (cereals, beans, nuts, vegetables, and fruit) in order to try to delay starting dialysis until after the pregnancy. Authors examined the effects of this plant-based diet on kidney function and on the pregnancy.
Key Findings: Results showed that the plant-based diet helped to stabilize kidney function during pregnancy. Fetal size was normal throughout the pregnancy, and the baby was born with adequate gestational weight. Authors conclude that plant-based diets may be used as a tool in pregnancy for stabilizing kidney function and avoiding the need for starting dialysis, without adversely affecting the baby's health.