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Protein Intake

Optimal Nutrition throughout your pregnancy is very important for both you and your baby’s health.  With different stresses and nausea that can crop up in Pregnancy sometimes it can be tough to keep up with Best Nutrition.

If you are managing to consume enough Protein a day in your Diet there should be no need for adding Protein Powder into your diet.  But if you are struggling to meet the demands of daily protein recommendations it may be worth considering incorporating protein powder into your diet as it can help meet increased nutritional demands.

A reminder of Recommended Protein in Pregnancy:

  • 1st Trimester – 1-1.2g of protein per kg of body weight
  • 2nd Trimester – 1.5-1.8g of protein per kg of body weight
  • 3rd Trimester – 1.8-2g of protein per kg of body weight

Some protein contents of common foods below.

Research has shown that protein supplements given to pregnant women struggling to meet energy or protein requirements was associated with improved growth of the fetus including their birth height and weight.  However that if the person already consuming adequate amounts of protein may negatively affect fetal growth for some.

Therefore best to consult with your medical provider before introducing protein supplements into your diet.

There are countless options out there but how to find one that is beneficial and safe in Pregnancy?

What is Protein Powder?

Protein Powder is protein concentrated in a powder form.

Protein is a vital macronutrient required by the body and made up of amino acids.  Your body needs 20 different kinds of amino acids to function correctly.  These 20 amino acids combine in different ways to make proteins in your body.

Your body makes 11 of these amino acids itself but there are 9 amino acids that the body cannot make that you need to get either through eating protein foods or protein supplements.  These 9 Amino acids are called ‘Essential Amino Acids’.  See their roles below.

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