FAQ: Can I use Vega Products During Pregnancy or while Breastfeeding?

By Vega on November 27, 2017 , categorized in Plant-based Nutrition



Q. Can I take Vega® plant-based protein shakes if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

A. We always recommend you check with your healthcare practitioner on whether or not you personally should use any Vega® products, such as Vega One®, Vega® Protein & Greens, Vega®  Protein Smoothie, Vega®  Clean* Protein1 *At Vega, clean means Non-GMO Project verified, gluten-free, vegan, and made without artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners., Vega®  Essentials, Vega Sport®  Protein, or Vega®  Protein+ Shake*2*Vega Protein+ Shake contains at least 10% more DV for protein than Vega® Protein Smoothie. Protein content of Vega Protein Smoothie is 15g protein (21%DV) per serving; Vega Protein+ Shake has 20 grams protein per serving.,  while pregnant or breastfeeding.

You might wonder why we recommend that. That’s because your nutritional needs are unique when you are pregnant or breastfeeding Not only is additional energy required during pregnancy to support the demands of a growing fetus, raising your metabolism, but folic acid, choline, iron, calcium and vitamin B6, C, and E requirements also increase. Protein needs also increase during the second half of pregnancy. Total calorie, protein and calcium needs increase while breastfeeding.3 Mahan LK, Escott-Stump S. (2008)Krause’s Food & Nutrition Therapy. Saunders Elsevier. 12th ed.

So what works for you now, may not be suited for you during pregnancy or while you’re breastfeeding. Let’s take a quick look at some of these important nutrients and how your needs change when you are pregnant or breastfeeding:

Amounts (grams) Adults Pregnant Adults Breastfeeding
Vitamin C4 Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin C. (n.d.). Retrieved October 31, 2017, from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/ 75-90mg 85mg 120mg
Vitamin A5 Office of Dietary Supplements – Vitamin A.” NIH Office of Dietary Supplements, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-HealthProfessional/ 700-900mcg 750-770mcg 1200-1300mcg
Calcium6 Office of Dietary Supplements – Calcium. (n.d.). Retrieved October 31, 2017, from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-Consumer/ 1000-1200mg 1000mg 1000mg
Iron7 Office of Dietary Supplements – Iron. (n.d.). Retrieved October 31, 2017, from https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Iron-Consumer/ 8-18mg 27mg 9mg
Protein 50 60 718
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (2014) Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Nutrition and Lifestyle for a Healthy Pregnancy Outcome. Accessed on 12/8/17 from: https://www.eatrightpro.org/~/media/eatrightpro%20files/practice/position%20and%20practice%20papers/practice%20papers/practice_paper_healthy_pregnancy.ashx

All that said, we understand you want to do what’s best for you and your baby. These are simply guidelines and don’t take your individual needs into consideration. Your doctor has the full scope of your overall health and wellness goals so they will be a better judge in determining whether this is a time when you should be introducing a new food or supplement into your routine or continuing with your current intake.
You and your doctor can learn more about all of our products on our website: www.myvega.com

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