Protein supplements and pregnancy

A common question we are asked is “Can I take protein supplements while I’m pregnant?”. The answer isn’t quite as simple as yes / no, but in the case of our protein then the answer is yes. Although you should always check with your GP for your specific #naturalfuel requirements. 

There is a plethora of information online regarding whey protein and supplements for pregnant women. We have listed some more reputable sources below, but as everyones body is different, we suggest a combination of you doing your own research, and speaking to a health care professional to work out what is right for you and your body.

From our understanding, a lot of supplements out there are not good for pregnant women, primarily as they contain a massive amount of artificial agents and additives for flavour, colour, or a range of other reasons such as performance or excitement (boosting the flavour or experience of consuming such as foaming agents). Additionally they may recommend a dose that is simply too large for the body to absorb, predominantly as marketing spin to make customers believe they can get more out of a certain product, which in most peoples case is simply expelled from the body, but from studies below show that an overdose of protein and other supplements may have negative affects on pregnancy.

Our products are all natural and contain zero artificial additives…Purity and high-quality is our main focus.

All of our proteins are safe to use whilst pregnant, there’s no issues with incorporating them into your diet to increase your protein intake providing you aren’t using the protein powders as a sole source of nutrition. 

In terms of which protein would suit best, the main difference is whether you’re looking for dairy free/vegan options or happy with dairy based products. Pea Protein is obviously a ‘vegan’ or ‘dairy free’ option for those who are looking to avoid both animal product but dairy in particular (generally due to intolerances) and pea has an excellent amino acid profile, it does digest a little slower than whey and contains around 10-15% less protein per serve than whey. Pea is great to include into smoothies but at the end of the day, Pea carries a fairly strong ‘pea’ taste note. In saying this, we literally sell tonnes of pea protein and people swear by it and love the taste so I guess it’s ‘horses for courses’ so to speak. 

Whey Protein is typically higher in protein than pea, contains a little less carbohydrates and digests faster. Whey is obviously a dairy based protein so if you’re sensitive to dairy or looking to avoid animal product then this isn’t the product for you. Our Whey Protein Isolate or Concentrate also comes in ‘pure’ therefore it doesn’t contain any stevia or flavour and you can basically flavour it yourself (in a smoothie with a banana etc). 

If you’re still unsure, we offer all of our popular products online in ‘sample’ size so you can try before you commit to a big bag…

During pregnancy, women require more protein than a woman who is not pregnant, therefore it’s important to ensure that you’re getting the best sources of protein not only for yourself but also for the little one growing inside.

Given that pregnant women require additional protein, and if you feel your diet isn’t up to scratch then our protein supplements would be a great choice, due to the cleanliness and purity of our products. However, if you do feel unsure we recommend asking your GP or medical practitioner for peace of mind.

One point that may be an issue is simple diary / lactose intolerance, and for this we recommend looking at our plant-based proteins, which are also complete-proteins, meaning they contain all 9 essential aminos, which is rare for plant-based supplements. They have a different texture to your traditional whey proteins and can take a little getting used to but are vegan-friendly and sidestep any of the dairy-based allergies you may encounter.

If you are perfectly fine with dairy products then we would recommend the WPC or 360Whey products.

Aminos and PSA Advanced range

Please note that the info shared here is in relation to our protein supplements. We don’t advise the use of any of the amino acids / PSA Advanced range unless they have been advised by your medical practitioner.

Further Reading around Protein supplements

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/whey-protein/safety/hrb-20060532

There is a lack of scientific evidence on the use of whey protein during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

There is a lack of scientific evidence on the use of whey protein during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Only approved sources of whey protein should be used in infant formulas. Allergic reactions have been reported with exposure to whey protein, including diarrhea, failure to thrive, infant colic, and rash.

 

http://mommi.com/education/protein-during-pregnancy/protein-powder-safe-pregnancy/

Experts recommend women who are pregnant and nursing to take an extra 25 grams of protein a day

Experts recommend women who are pregnant and nursing to take an extra 25 grams of protein a day. This might be a tall order to fill for women who have an aversion to meat, dairy, and fish. Protein supplements are a great way to get that extra protein, but are protein shakes and powders safe during pregnancy? The short answer is yes, the long answer, is well longer.  The concern with protein supplements revolve around the type of sweetener used, how clean the protein is, and what other ingredients it contains.

 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3827488/

Balanced protein energy supplementation (up to 20% of energy as protein) provided during pregnancy appears to improve fetal growth and increases infants’ birth weight.

Important maternal determinants of the fetal growth are maternal nutritional status and nutrition during pregnancy especially if the woman is malnourished and enters pregnancy without adequate reserves. Positive outcomes in infants and women cannot be expected if the supplementation is not needed. Balanced protein energy supplementation (up to 20% of energy as protein) provided during pregnancy appears to improve fetal growth and increases infants’ birth weight. Conversely, supplements with too much protein or too much carbohydrate appear to have deleterious effects on fetal growth in certain contexts.

 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/304572-can-pregnant-women-drink-protein-shakes/

Pregnant women need more protein than non-pregnant women. If you aren’t a big meat-eater, you might turn to protein shakes

Pregnant women need more protein than non-pregnant women. If you aren’t a big meat-eater, you might turn to protein shakes as a way to get the 71 grams of protein the American College of Nurse-Midwives recommends as your daily intake. Some protein shakes contain herbs that could be harmful during pregnancy; clear any shakes containing herbs with your doctor before drinking them.