One of the joys of life is having children. While having kids is a blast, pregnancy can be scary, especially for first-time moms. A lot of pregnant women ask me, “Is Shakeology safe for pregnant women?” We know many women who have used Shakeology before, during and after pregnancy but let’s look into some of the facts about Shakeology and help you determine if Shakeology is safe for you during your pregnancy.
Most, if not all, women take some form of prenatal vitamin during pregnancy. This is usually prescribed by the doctor, and the goal is to give your body an extra boost of vitamins during pregnancy because it is working overtime to create another person inside of you. Essentially, a prenatal vitamin is a multi-vitamin with some extra folic acid, calcium and iron.
Shakeology, is essentially a multi-vitamin plus a ton of other things (anti-oxidants, probiotics, protein, phytonutrients, adaptagens… I could keep going but I’ll just have you check out the nutrition facts for Shakeology :-)). Many new moms that I have talked to eliminated their prenatal vitamins during pregnancy by using Shakeology in their daily nutrition regimen.
Prenatal Vitamins vs Shakeology During Pregnancy?
While Shakeology wasn’t around for my pregnancies, I sure wish it would have been. Even though I choked down those horse pills, aka prenatal vitamins, faithfully, they did nothing to curb food cravings or help me control my weight gain during pregnancy. Gaining 50+lbs with each pregnancy, which is what I did, is not what you want to do. Gaining that much weight can put you at risk for gestational diabetes but even worse, it can put your baby at risk for conditions like jaundice, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), respiratory distress, and other conditions.
Give Your Baby What It Needs
“You are what you eat?” We’ve all heard this statement made many times throughout our lives, but it’s even more important during pregnancy. Eating a healthy diet during pregnancy will give your baby the proper vitamins and nutrients it needs to fully develop. Likewise, indulging in ice cream, donuts, processed and greasy, fried food all day long, just because you’re pregnant, has the exact opposite affect. “Eating for two” is a common pregnancy misnomer.
Shakeology or Prenatal Vitamins?
While it is always important to check with your doctor, based on the conversations that I have had with moms who have used Shakeology throughout their pregnancies, and the research that I have done on how the ingredients contained in Shakeology positively affect your body, I would feel safe using it during pregnancy as a substitute for my prenatal vitamins. Not only will you be getting the essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs, but you’ll be able to control your weight to ensure that you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby!