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Last Updated: Jul 14, 2022

Protein Powder In Pregnancy!

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Dr. Varsha PriyadarshiniGynaecologist • 10 Years Exp.MBBS, MS, DNB, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG)
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Pregnant women need additional proteins in pregnancy, mainly in third trimester.
The requirement of protein is about 70-90 g in pregnancy, depending on the weight.

In the first two trimesters, you need protein (grams) =1.2*body weight
In last trimester you need protein (grams) =1.5*body weight

Now I would advise taking most of these proteins via diet. So my first advise would be-

1) visit a nutritionist and get a diet chart made-
However, sometimes it's not possible to eat lean chicken every day or even a boiled egg. And if you are vegetarian, in all possibility your diet will be deficient in proteins, hence you will need supplements.

Coming to protein supplements- there are a variety of supplements in the market, however, not all of them are good for you in the following ways-
A) they may also have vitamins- now you are already getting vitamins through your prenatal vitamin, and this additional vitamin from protein supplement can cause toxicity of some vitamins.

B) whey-based proteins will not be good for women with lactose intolerance as whey is derived from milk.

C) artificial sweeteners/flavouring agents-can be toxic to the fetus

D) the protein powder meant for bodybuilders won't be good for pregnant women as they may contain ingredients/hormones not suited for the fetus

Hence to choose the best protein powder to take the following things into mind-

An ideal protein powder:
1) should have pure protein and minimal additional constituents. As a rule of thumb- if you can't pronounce it, don't eat it!

2) flavourless

3) lactose intolerant or dairy sensitive women should go for pure pea protein powder instead of whey protein

Have a healthy baby. Enjoy your pregnancy.

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