Day 4 of my 30 Day Blogging Challenge. If you are new to my page, thank you for visiting! I had a crazy idea to try to blog for 30 days straight this month - click HERE to read more about it and see a list of the blog posts I wrote/am writing about.
One of the most common questions I get is in regards to using protein powder when pregnant or nursing. I want to preface all of this by saying that I am not a physician, dietitian, or personal trainer. If you have any specific questions above and beyond what I've talked about here I recommend you talk with your midwife, OBGYN or family physician about it and get their professional opinion.
When I was pregnant this time around with baby #2 I asked my doctor about using protein powder and he said that one serving per day was perfectly fine as long as it wasn't my only source of protein for the day. He also suggested that I try to use protein powders that don't use artificial sweeteners (sucralose aka Splenda). He said that there aren't any long term studies that have been done on sucralose, but that some recent studies suggest that sucralose could present some long term health risks.
Whether or not artificial sweeteners cause health risks is really controversial, and the majority of studies on artificial sweeteners have been performed on animals, and it's not known whether the same effects would be seen in humans. Click here for a recent article about this on MSN News and click here for a recent article about this on the Huffington Post. Click here for a study released by Purdue University which has a good summary of the literature on artificial sweeteners.
So, with that being said, it is inconclusive whether or not artificial sweeteners pose a risk to your health. However, when I am nursing I tend to steer on the ultra-cautious side and so I try to stay away from things that have sucralose/Splenda in them. If I eat something on occasion that has Splenda, I don't stress too much about it, but if it is something I am eating every single day (like whey protein) I would prefer to use a different form of sweetener.
The whey protein I like to use is MRM's All Natural Whey Vanilla. I like it because their whey comes primarily from grass fed cows and no hormones are used with the cows they source their whey from. They don't use artificial sweeteners, and don't use fillers (meaning I understand all the ingredients on the ingredient list). It mixes really well in a shaker bottle (no clumps!), and it tastes awesome (no bitter after taste at all). I like the Rich Vanilla flavor and if I am craving a chocolate flavor I add 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder. You can order it directly through their website, on Bodybuilding.com, or amazon.com.
So, there is my two cents in the matter. I get asked this question nearly every day so I figured a blog post would be helpful that I could refer people to in the future. My little girl is five months old now (where did my newborn go?!). She broke her bottom two teeth at three months, and is really fussy right now as she works on her top teeth. We are still exclusively breastfeeding and plan to start solids at the end of the month when she is six months. She also just started sitting up today! I know most of you don't care about my kids, but since this is my blog and I am a proud mama I just have to share:
She loves getting kisses from her big brother! I drove my little guy to preschool today to meet his preschool teacher and get ready for his first day next week and was just reflecting on how grateful I feel right now to have two healthy babies that love me unconditionally. It might sound corny or cliche, but becoming a mom truly has been the best thing that ever happened to me. I never knew how much my heart would open up or how much I could fiercely love someone until these two entered my life.
Anyways...enough with the mushy stuff. I hope this post was helpful for you! If you have any questions let me know!