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Pregnant or Breastfeeding: Can I Take Shakeology?

If you’re reading this post and expecting a baby – CONGRATULATIONS!

As an expectant mommy, you want to do the best for your baby, but you also want to continue to feel good – the way that Shakeology makes you feel. The question you’re asking, is: Can I take Shakeology if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

During pregnancy, it is important to make the best choices for your baby and for your situation. Of course you want to make sure that only the best nutrients should go into your body, and you should avoid exposure to chemicals in your environment. Our world is full of dangers, and while you can’t hide from them all, there’s a lot you can do to make the healthiest choices possible.

hqdefaultSo Can You Take Shakeology While Pregnant or Nursing?

As with everything these days, opinions differ. In order to be as objective as possible, we’ll look at all the different opinions to help you make the right decision for you and your baby.

When asking whether you can take Shakeology during pregnancy and breastfeeding, the answer will be different for everyone, so you basically have to make an informed decision with the help of your doctor. Your health history, contraindications with any medications, allergies and so forth. I would recommend that you print out this letter and ingredient list and take it to your doctor for approval.

Let’s break this down!

Shakeology

When you look at the Shakeology container, you will notice their disclaimer: “Consult with a healthcare professional if pregnant, breast feeding, or if you have any other unique or special needs.”

That’s not a yes, but it’s definitely not a no either. It is a notice to speak to your doctor first, in order to assess your specific requirements and make a decision based on your personal situation.

Mommies

When you look at the various forums online, you will notice that many pregnant and breastfeeding mommies are using Shakeology.

Some say that they’ve used it right through pregnancy.
Some are taking it instead of their prenatal vitamins.
Some take it along with folic acid supplements.
Some take the vegan Shakeology.
Some take it on the recommendation of their midwives.

Health and Medical People

There are many different health and wellness experts.

A friend’s doctor said that every pregnant and nursing woman should take Shakeology because of the dense nutrition it contains.
A pharmacist said that you should be able to take it, providing that you get sufficient calories every day. He also pointed out that the Shakeology disclaimer is placed on the container for a reason, so definitely to check with your doctor first.
A health food store who examined the ingredients, said it seems fine.

shakeology2Why the Differing Opinions?

Meal replacement shakes are generally not advised for nursing or pregnant women, as they need to consume more calories to supply nutrition for both mother and baby. The shake is not the issue here, but rather the mindset. You should not try to lose weight while pregnant or breastfeeding, unless your doctor recommends you do that.

Pregnant and breastfeeding mommies should consume an additional 500 calories every day, and that’s where Shakeology comes in handy. In addition to your healthy balanced meals, also take Shakeology for the dense nutrition it provides.

By eating enough of the right foods and taking Shakeology, you may well lose weight in a healthy manner.

Shakeology During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Concerns

Some doctors don’t want patients to take Shakeology during pregnancy and nursing due to the following concerns:

1. Shakeology is Not Approved by the FDA

Some doctors will only approve supplements that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the FDA does not approve any dietary supplements.

2. Vitamin A

Too much Vitamin A (in retinol form, from animal sources) has been linked to birth defects. However, the Vitamin A in Shakeology is beta-carotene, with which there are no correlating issues of any kind.

3. Ashwagandha

If consumed in large amounts, this herb can cause premature birth. In India, it was traditionally used to strengthen the uterus in anticipation of, and during pregnancy. The herb has a spasmolytic effect, which has resulted in modern Western medicine restricting its use, especially during pregnancy. However, many experts say that it is safe during pregnancy, in small doses.

4. Ginkgo Biloba

Shakeology contains less than 50 mg of Ginkgo Biloba, and weak scientific evidence has indicated that it might possibly induce labor and that it has an antiplatelet effect that may prolong bleeding time.

Shakeology’s Official Answer: Can I take Shakeology when I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?

“Shakeology should only be taken by pregnant women and nursing mothers under the direction of their physicians. As with all of our supplements; we recommend that you consult with a healthcare professional if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or if you have any medical conditions. SPECIAL NOTE FOR VEGAN FORMULATIONS: Shakeology is dietary supplement in a food form, and since our vegan formulas are not fortified, the levels of any one nutrient should not be an issue for anyone or for a pregnant woman. Pregnant women need to careful about levels of Vitamin A (10,000 IU is the upper limit), but the amounts we have at unfortified levels are similar to those found in unfortified foods and in fruits and vegetables. Accordingly, pregnant women should consider their intake of vegan Shakeology as part of their normal diet, but should not rely solely on Shakeology to meet the needs of pregnancy for nutrients like, iron, folate, Vitamin A, or calcium.”

Where Can I Find Shakeology or Get More Information About it?

Once you have checked with your doctor, you’re probably ready to start taking Shakeology – the super nutritious meal replacement shake with more than 70 superfoods. Get in touch with me to find out more, or visit www.shakeology.com/jennfitcouture to place your order.

shakeosurveyBut don’t just take it from me! Check out some actual real-life testimonials!

“I have been drinking shakeology for 15 months and nursing my daughter the entire time! In the beginning, I was worried about my milk supply with a complete diet change and adding this in but I actually noticed an increase since I was fueling my body with proper nutrition and vitamins! I drank original chocolate for a year and just switched to vegan because I’m trying to cut dairy.” Keleigh Gates

“When I had my youngest son I dried up at 6 months. I have been drinking shakeo with my daughter since she was 4 months old and I am still going. She is almost 8 months now. I have PCOS and shakeo has helped me to keep my supply when it would have otherwise been gone.” Alex Stuck

“I started drinking it while breastfeeding my son and noticed an increase in supply. I am now currently drinking it while pregnant and love it. I can let you know how amazing she turns out in a couple of weeks.” Katie Dyer

“The first 2 months of breastfeeding I started to actually have supply problems… I ordered my first bag of Shakeology around 6 weeks after my little was born, and once I started drinking I had no issues. We did find out he was lactose intolerant, so I switch to vegan. And no issues and for a while {when I actually did pump} I have a nice stock in the freezer, its been used up now, but we are 1 year strong {almost 2 weeks short}.” Sarah Sullivan

“I’m 29 weeks pregnant and have been drinking it every day for the past month and a half and I am sooooo much more energized than I was before I started drinking it! I also have been able to maintain/slow down my weight gain because it really curbs my cravings for junk!” Lola Yossi Azari

“I started drinking shakeology while nursing my 15 month old, no issues for her, as for me more energy and increased supply. I breast fed till she turned 2, and drank Shakeology daily.” Ana Jacome

“I’m breastfeeding AND pregnant and it’s made a total difference in my milk supply and energy. My supply was dropping with pregnancy hormones (which wasn’t an issue since Lucas is almost two), but since drinking it regularly, my supply has definitely increased. Breastfeeding while pregnant definitely drained my energy too, and that’s increased as well. My midwife and lactation consultant were both totally cool with me drinking it.” Candace Musselwhite

“I’ve been drinking shakeo for over a year now. I drank it off and on throughout my pregnancy without any issues. And I recently started drinking it again consistently for 3 months while nursing and I have had no negative results. In fact, I have only seen an increase in my milk supply. With my other 2 children I had always had a hard time producing enough milk and would have to supplement with formula. It’s such a relief not having to worry about that now!” Katie Raymond

“I have been drinking Shakeology for a month and a half and I am EBF my LO. I have noticed no change in my milk supply…. Still pumping volume on top of breastfeeding throughout the day. My LO had no adverse side effects from me drinking it. She is thriving and a happy 3 month old! I also got the green light from my Cleveland clinic pediatrician before I ordered the shakes.” Nathan-Justine Hitchcock

“I had my wisdom tooth pulled and was drinking 2 shakes a day and Greek yogurt for over a week. I was super nervous about my milk supply getting low because I wasn’t having solid food but my supply actually INCREASED from having 2 Shakeology smoothies a day.” Rachelle Lynn

“I started drinking it when I was 5 months pp. It increased my supply and restored my energy that I had lost. I used to feel so drained from breastfeeding, I rarely ever even had the energy to get off the couch. Now I’m almost 11 months pp and I’m able to keep up with my daughter, do intensive cardio exercises and still not feel drained. I can’t go a day without drinking it or I majorly feel the difference. Oh and tmi but it also helped me become regular which was also such a lifesaver because I had horrible constipation from giving birth up until I started drinking it regularly.” Bryanna Noelle Newell

“I started drinking Shakeology while breastfeeding my (then) 6 month old son. My milk supply was great and I felt amazing vs being exhausted most of the time prior to starting it. It also helped with the constant hunger which was especially great in the mornings as I’ve never been a breakfast person. My son was healthy and continued to grow like a weed. It was nice knowing that I was putting something in my body that wasn’t laden with chemicals and sugar and I knew those nutrients I was benefiting from were also going to my son.” Elizabeth Smith

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