When you're pregnant, your doctor will probably be pretty picky about what you can eat, what you can't and what you can take and what you can't. And it's totally understandable because you're growing a new person inside you that is in a constant delicate state of development.
It's important to make sure you get the right vitamins and nutrients in the right amounts or things can go badly, resulting in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth defects.
But, when it comes to taking protein powder while you're pregnant, you're probably safe (even though you should talk to your doctor first). During pregnancy it's advised that women consume more protein everyday (approximately an additional 25 grams more, in fact), so this lines up almost perfectly with a single protein shake per day, depending on what the protein amount is per serving on your chosen product. In this case, though, protein shakes shouldn't be used as a meal replacement due to the nutritional requirements of pregnancy.
What you want to make sure of, no matter what protein powder you choose, is that it's free of artificial flavors and other artificial ingredients. Some ingredients that you may want to avoid are:
- Saccharin – crosses placenta and may remain in fetal tissue
- Soy protein
- Coconut flour – gas/bloating
- Psyllium – gas/bloating
- carrageenan – cheap filler
- Corn syrup solids
- Anything you can't easily pronounce