Should you drink Protein Shakes while Pregnant?

Interestingly when I researched this topic almost entirely the sites found were US based.

What does this say about our side of the water?

Either we use protein supplements less or as a much less active island the question to shake or not to shake while pregnant just doesn’t come up on UK Mum networking sites.

Anyways here is the best answer I could find.

A pregnant lady requires roughly 71 grams of protein a day more if carrying twins. This works out at about 10 grams more then usual give or take.

While I believe we should be getting our protein intake from whole foods some struggle eating meat and protein rich foods.

Some choose the supplement route, using brands such as Maxi-muscle and MyProtein. If you have taken them before pregnancy it may not occur to take a look at the labels to see if they are OK to take during pregnancy.

Often there will be a disclaimer on the label stating not recommended and that is for a good reason.

A lot of these products are combined during manufacturing with added vitamins, minerals and herbs, some that are not appropriate for pregnancy.

It is also worth noting that artificial sweeteners are also not very desirable during pregnancy

Some studies have even shown these to contain heavy metals although they were within the safe guidelines. I think it’s prudent to ask your doctor for alternatives they could recommend.

You could however make your own shake up using a low fat yogurt mixed with peanut butter or fruits. You could throw in a tsp of flexseed oil for good measure -(this is of-course providing your not on a paleo diet)

I found this site quite useful for further information on the subject.

 

Sally Dixey is a Crossfit London Personal Trainer in Bethnal Green

 

One thought on “Should you drink Protein Shakes while Pregnant?”

  1. I completely agree there’s no advise for women in the uk! So frustrating because the U.S sites are references the U.S products. Seek advice from your doctor didn’t work as he said ‘just get enough from meat I don’t know ingredients of these shakes’. I am going to take atkins pre-made shakes, expensive but seem trusted not to have caffiene and other minerals. Any ideas of good uk brands write back or email. My decrease in cardio due to the bump has made me pack on muscle elsewhere with weight training. Definitely feel like supplements would restore some of this and give extra energy.

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