Pregnancy Nutrition: Weight Change and Calories
Pregnant women who participated in the clinical study had their blood drawn to monitor protein and albumin levels. The FDA has approved several chemical sweeteners for use by pregnant women, but there are studies out there that call the safety into question, regardless of FDA approval. Strawberry Smoothie Keep it simple with this classic strawberry smoothie. Archived Discussion This discussion is archived and locked for posting See active discussions on December Babies. The Nutrition Information of Ensure. All women, including those who are pregnant, need international units of vitamin D a day.
A review in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition also suggested high protein supplementation 40 grams a day might cause an increased risk for low birth weight infants, preterm births, and stillbirths. Many brands of protein shakes are high in carbohydrates and various types of natural simple sugars, such as corn syrup.
Some have sugar listed as the first or second ingredient. This can add a lot of empty calories to what should be a healthy drink. In addition, if you are at risk for gestational diabetes or are already diabetic, the added sugar load could cause problems for you and your baby before and after birth. Choose a brand with less than 10 grams of sugar per serving. Most protein shakes contain beneficial vitamins and minerals that are important in pregnancy.
However, it is difficult to know the source of these micronutrients. In addition, you might be already taking an iron tablet and a multivitamin your doctor prescribed for you.
Ensure your protein shake is not loaded with vitamins and minerals that are already in your doctor's prescriptions. Too much of certain vitamins, such as vitamin A, could harm you and your baby, including increasing a risk of birth defects. Many protein shakes, including the known product Ensure , have additives and preservatives ; artificial sweeteners such as aspartame , maltodextrin , acesulfame potassium , and sucralose Splenda ; and unknown artificial flavors and herbs that might be harmful to your baby.
Avoid a shake or protein powder that contains any of these additives. Enjoy a healthy protein shake or two if your diet is protein or calorie-deficient during your pregnancy, or as a healthy snack if it fits with your doctor's recommendations. If you enjoy drinking a protein shake even if you don't have a nutrient problem, do so in moderation. A Harvard Health Letter notes you might get too much extra sugar and too many calories if you add supplemental nutrient drinks to a normal calorie intake.
In addition, if you diet is already high in protein, the extra protein load could tax your kidneys and renal function in pregnancy. Pregnant women with diabetes or high blood pressure may be especially at risk for these problems. Also take care not to add high-calorie or high-sugar ingredients to jazz up your protein shake. Adding lots of fruits can turn your shake into a high sugar smoothie. According to a March Harvard Health Letter , processing fruit breaks down the plant cell walls, causing quick release of all the sugar.
This is in contrast to eating the whole fruit where the sugar is released over time. I made a post previously about not being able to eat lately aversions and just no interest in food lately! I'm here crying because I tried to eat a whole banana and yogurt!
I felt like I was goig to throw up and had to stop and now my stomach is hurting really bad. I'm fine with cereal, pb and js and smoothies which I always get pro protien now because lack of appetite! I'm looking for shakes or drink mixes i can try as well until I get over this phase, which will hopefully be soon. By the way I'm seeing OB the 28th and plan to talk to her about it then just looking for things to hold me over until then. Oldest Newest 19 Posts.
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