Is protein powder during pregnancy beneficial? Is it safe? I’ve looked at the research, so be sure to read on if you want to know the answers to these questions and more.

Shakes and protein powders are tremendously popular these days. They’re nutritious, filling and convenient, so it’s no wonder people love to chug one down for breakfast or after the gym… and when you’re pregnant and exhausted, it’s no wonder you’re wondering if they’re a good solution.

So, are they safe during pregnancy?

The answer isn’t exactly black and white, so listen in…..


It’s important to note that so called ‘high protein diets’ are NOT recommended during pregnancy. Eating plans which have too much protein and not enough healthy fats or carbohydrates can be dangerous for your baby.


There is a lack of research into the safety of amino acid supplements, so high dose amino acid supplementation is not recommended during pregnancy.


Many protein powders contain additives such as vitamins, sweeteners and caffeine which aren’t recommended during pregnancy, so it’s essential that you read the label.

However, one protein shake per day, if it’s a brand that is safe and doesn’t have vitamins and minerals that will compete with your current nutritional supplements should be fine. My recommendation would be that you double check the brand with your prenatal dietitian, and stick to a maximum of one per day.

Better still make your own protein shake with milk, seeds, fruit and vegetables.  You may like to check out some of the recipes on my website, 

And, if you’d like help planning what to eat during pregnancy, check out my free pregnancy meal plan.  Just go to


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