Ah yes, the ever-common-question… can I drink supplements while pregnant?
But really, the only question that matters to ME is… can I drink Shakeology while pregnant?
As always, let me preface this entry but saying I am NOT a doctor or a nutritionist.. I’m a health enthusiast, a Beachbody Coach, a 200 hour certified yoga teacher, and someone who has been exercising 6-7 days a week for the last 3 years.
I very often get the question from my female clients if they should stop drinking Shakeology or taking any additional supplements while they’re pregnant or nursing.
I can’t tell you what to do, because again I’m not your medical advisor. But now that I’m expecting myself, I can only tell you what I’ve decided/been cleared to do.. and that is continue to drink this superfood shake every single day.
Let me also say that different doctors will certainly have different opinions. If you’re looking to get a professional’s advice, though, I do recommend bringing in the product you have a question about. Give the doctors a reason to tell you yes or no, and get SPECIFIC answers why.
So first, let’s back up….
I have been *seriously* on my fitness & health journey since 2013. In that time, I’ve been exercising very regularly, with very high-intense workouts. I’ve also been drinking Shakeology DAILY. Now, I’m not going to get into all the details about why I love this shake & why I stand behind every ingredient that is carefully put into it, but just know that I’ve made this a part of my diet, daily, for years. And honestly, I’ve never felt better.
When my husband and I were open to the idea of having a baby, and we “let our guards down” so to speak 😉 I LITERALLY got pregnant, like, immediately. Within 14 days; after being on birth control for 9+ years. I don’t know the exact reasons for this, but do I think having these superfoods in my body & working out everyday had SOMEthing to do with the speed of this happening? Of course I do. (Again, it doesn’t mean if you’ve had trouble conceiving you’re unhealthy, or doing anything wrong. My heart goes out to you as I know what an emotional topic that is. But I’m just sharing my story in the hopes it can help or bring some answers to those reading it).
Now… let’s get to the point!
At our first OB-GYN appointment in October, you better believe that my first question was “Can I continue to drink my superfood shake?” I showed her the ingredients, braced myself, and…
She said it was fine 🙂
Here are the important things she did want me to keep an eye out for: Since I do still take a prenatal supplement, I needed to be sure I wasn’t getting more than 150% daily value with the supplement + Shakeology of vitamins A,D,E, and K. I also needed to be getting 800mg of folic acid & 200mg mg of DHA.
We found a supplement that provided us with those specifications, as we double-checked to make sure I wasn’t getting too much or too little of one thing when combined with my daily shake.
And that, my friends, is really all there was to it. A month after our initial appointment, I had blood work done and everything was normal. The baby’s heart rate is healthy, and in just over 2 weeks we’ll be finding out what little gender is growing in me, which is still pretty freaking crazy to think about (how am I almost 29 and just NOW appreciating the capabilities of a human body?!).
MORAL OF THE STORY, or blog post, is this: I personally continue to exercise 6-7 days a week, avoiding crunches and anything that has me laying on my belly or back (so I can pretty much do 95% of Core de Force workouts- another reason I love this program!) I drink vegan Shakeology every single day, I remain as active & healthy as I possibly can be.. and at 17.5 weeks, I’m feeling just fine.
Better than fine, in fact, I’m feeling really good! Besides the fact that I’m having to pee about double the amount that I’m used to, I don’t really have anything different to report. I’m looking forward to developing a belly, feeling kicks, and all that. But I’m not complaining that my energy is high, my workouts leave me feeling empowered, and my shake keeps my immune system happy & healthy.
At the end of the day, you have to decide what you’re comfortable with. But I trust the makers of Shakeology, I can see what it’s physically done for my body, and I’ll continue making it a part of my daily diet throughout pregnancy & into breastfeeding, once that time comes.
Whatever you do, just choose HEALTH. Choose “tough” over easy. We are making these choices now for a better future. Whether you’re expecting or not, choose health for YOU.
More next week! Happy Holidays!!