Protein powder?

posted 2 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

My baby was as low as the 3rd percentile but I got him up to the 15th by the time he was born. My weight gain was below normal too, so I basically pigged out on as much high-fat food as possible. I tried to keep it healthy with avocado, cheese, full-fat yogurt, etc but also milkshakes, donuts, pizza etc just to get the calories. As for protein, I’d probably choose full-fat Greek yogurt over protein powder, but I think protein powder is fine too. I’d look for one with the least amount of fake crap – something like sun warrior or amazing grass. Good luck! 

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m not sure about protein powder, but I also can’t do greek yogurt. I looooove cottage cheese and it has more protein than greek yogurt. I mix it into my oatmeal in the morning for a little boost. 

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I used protein powder in my pregnancies, not for anything more than I just liked protein shakes, but my kids are fine! I would also agree with more healthy fats- full fat cheese, yogurt, avocados, nuts, etc.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

littlegraykitten :  I’m 35 weeks and my weight gain has been low and my baby measuring a bit small as well. I recently stopped eating dairy (my stomach feels so much better) and it was my main form of protein. I use an egg white protein powder and add it to smoothies, pancakes and coconut yogurt. I’ve also tried to eat more eggs, beans and nuts. Quinoa and brown rice are good and Barilla has a ‘protein plus’ pasta that is really good. Best of luck!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Weight gain has also been on the low side for me, and I’m normally a pescatarian so boosting proteing has been at the forefront of my mind. Can you do plain or baked chicken? Salmon or other low Mercury fish a few times a week? Tofu, seitan? Greek yogurt in a smoothie if you cannot handle the consistency on its own? A chia seed, flax, banana, peanut butter, Greek yogurt and full fat milk has been a tasty, fatty, and protein heavy meal for me many times! I have definitely used protein powder during this pregnancy but try to stick to natural sources when possible. 37 weeks and up around 20 lbs (normal BMI) so close to catching up on the chart. My midiwfe also isn’t worried, but encouraged me to amp up the protein esp on days when I am feeling super lethargic and low energy.l

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

littlegraykitten :  I think it tastes normal and good! I don’t really like get whole wheat noodles, just these ones:

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

littlegraykitten :  I’m 20 weeks and still hovering around my pre-pregnancy weight. Baby is ok (they haven’t given me percentages) but the specialist I saw Monday (for a separate issue that was a non-issue) wants me to have monthly scans from here out to measure growth.

I messaged my OB today about it and she just responded and also stressed the importance of protein. She suggested adding a protein shake or a serving of peanut butter with an apple or banana (good source of fiber also). She didn’t give me any specifications/restrictions on the protein shakes so it leads me to believe any would do.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I’m a vegetarian and never ate any meat during either of my pregnancies. I drank vegan shakeology during both pregnancies and both my babies were near 9 lbs at birth even though I’m a small person and didn’t gain too much weight! It has a lot of other nutrients in it though, so I would do a shake in the morning and my prenatal at night to not get too much at once. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you’re looking for the most “natural” protein powder I’d recommend Nutiva. It’s organic and non gmo. If you follow the food babe at all, it’s the only powder she recommends. 

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Can you change your nonfat yogurt to full fat? Or have you tried Siggi’s yogurt? Its full of protein.

Can you tolerate greek yogurt in a smoothie? I love one cup of yogurt, one cup of milk, one cup of fruit, a teaspoon of vanilla and a teaspoon of nutmeg blended with a little ice. 

I’m sure protein powder is fine in moderation though. 

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

littlegraykitten :  Yes I stopped running at 32 weeks, but I probably would have stopped soon after because of Braxton hicks. I kept walking and doing yoga and it was fine! Thank you! He struggled with weight gain in the beginning and almost fell off the growth curve until I started pumping and giving bottles as opposed to breastfeeding from the boob unfortunately. It’s a pain, but he’s been gaining weight like gangbusters so I can’t really stop! He’s still only in the 3rd percentile but we’re hoping he will catch up. He’s the cutest little thing in the world though!!!

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