A pregnancy safe protein powder is hard to find. However after a long search I have finally found a a chemical free “no nasties” protein supplements, at Protein Supplies Australia.
Essential Protein Requirements during Pregnancy
During pregnancy and while breastfeeding it is recommend you increase your daily protein by 15%.
Why ? As protein is pretty much the building block of life. Every cell in your body and your baby’s growing body requires protein. Just think about all the cells that are growing during pregnancy, this means protein is and essential nutrient so supplies must be adequate.
Inadequate protein intake during pregnancy my increase a child’s risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes later in life. Low protein is also linked to low birthweight in infants (particularly true if meat and dairy protein is low during pregnancy). Learn more about evidence based nutrition here.
Eating a wide selection of protein is recommended, however this can be challenging if you are nauseous and exhausted. So finding a suitable protein supplement can be helpful for you to meet these daily requirements. However, the information online regarding whey protein and supplements for pregnant women can be overwhelming. As every female body is different, I suggest a combination of you doing your own research, and speaking to a health care professional to discover what is right for you, your body and your baby.
Below is what I have personally found.
Nasties in Protein Powder
After researching many products during and after my own pregnancies, I found there are SO many protein supplements, that are terrible for pregnant women or breastfeeding women. My main concern was they contain a massive amount of artificial agents and additives, artificial colour, sugar alcohols and even foaming agents ! ugh !
Additionally some protein supplement suppliers often recommend a dose that is simply too large for the body to absorb, this is simply a marketing spin to make customers believe they can get more out of a certain product, which is futile as the excess is simply expelled from the body. Studies also show that an overdose of protein supplements can have negative affects on pregnancy, so it is important to be cautious.
A natural solution !
Protein Supplies Australia, based in Brisbane has products that are all natural and contain zero artificial additives. Purity and high-quality is their main focus. Best of ALL their products are Australian Made.
All of Protein Supplies Australia protein supplements are safe to use before, during and after pregnancy, there’s no issues with incorporating them into your daily diet to increase your protein intake providing you aren’t using the protein powders as a sole source of nutrition.
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My favourite protein boosted recipes
- Boost your milk supply with my breastfeeding smoothie
- Start your day with a protein boosted iced coffee
- Try my delicious choc mint smoothie
- Chocolate Hazelnut Tart easy and yummy !
What type of Protein powder will suit you best ?
There are a variety of protein supplements at Protein Supplies Australia, the main difference is whether you’re looking for dairy free, vegan options or happy with dairy based products. My favourite is the WPI (Whey Protein Isolate) Vanilla Bean it is 99% lactose free and is so versatile. I add it to smoothies, porridge, cookies, pancakes, even cookies. It is also my staple in my morning iced coffee – see how I make that here. Best of all I know it is a safe and natural fuel for my children and I.
Pea Protein is a ‘vegan’ or ‘dairy free’ option for anyone who needs 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.
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. The Whey Protein Isolate or Concentrate also comes in ‘pure’ which means it doesn’t contain any natural stevia or natural flavour (like the Madagascan Vanilla Bean that I love) and you can basically flavour it yourself (in a smoothie with a banana, berries etc).
If you’re still unsure, Protein Supplies Australia offer all of their popular products online in ‘sample’ size so you can try before you commit to a big bag. So go ahead and try some #naturalfuel !
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P.S Please note that the info shared here is in relation to only Protein Supplies Australia supplements. I don’t advise the use of any of the amino acids / PSA Advanced range unless these have been advised by your medical practitioner.
If you have an dietary or medical concerns please consult your medical practitioner prior to supplementation.
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