We know: working off pregnancy weight sucks! And avoiding excessive weight gain while you’re pregnant is just as tough. We often get asked whether it’s safe to use weight loss shakes like IdealShake while pregnant or breastfeeding, so here’s the scoop:
Q: Are IdealShape products safe when you’re pregnant or nursing?
A: First off, we always advise our customers who are pregnant or nursing to ask their physician before using our products. For example, it may be fine for you to use IdealShake, but your doctor may advise against supplements. So definitely get the green light from your healthcare provider first.
That said, tons of our customers are new moms who have successfully used our shake while pregnant or nursing. Here’s what Meredith Mertz, who used the shake while nursing, said:
“When my son was born last July I was at my all time heaviest… 309 pounds. Today I am 228 and I have lost 81 pounds. I have at least one shake per day, occasionally two if I’m craving something sweet at night. I eat as clean as I can, and I monitor my calories, trying to stay between 1600 and 1800. Because I am nursing, sometimes I need a little more during growth spurts.”
What You Need to Know
There are a few essentials to keep in mind if you decide to use weight loss shakes while pregnant:
- Gaining weight is part of pregnancy. Being pregnant and having babies is magical and great and all that other good stuff, but pregnancy weight gain is an undesirable yet necessary side effect. If you want a healthy baby, you need to gain weight. Period. The good news is that you don’t need to gain excessive weight. Our meal replacement shakes are a great way to help keep nutrition and cravings in check so that your weight gain falls in the healthy (not excessive) range. And if you’re really lucky, our shakes will help you combat cravings for pickles and ice cream. (Although, a vanilla-pickle-ice-cream shake could end up being your favorite pregnancy treat).
- You shouldn’t diet during pregnancy. Thankfully, our meal replacement shakes aren’t a “diet.” Instead, they are part of a complete nutritional plan which can definitely help you have a happier and healthier pregnancy.
- Make sure to meet your (and your baby’s) nutritional needs. When you’re pregnant, your nutritional needs change. It’s essential that you give yourself and your baby added calories, protein, calcium, folic acid (folate) and iron. Every flavor of IdealShake contains 11 grams of protein and at least 50 percent of your daily recommended value of calcium, folic acid and iron.
Weight Loss Shake Benefits
For pregnant and post-pregnancy women, eating healthy is critical. IdealShake is a huge help when it comes to portion and craving control. If you want to add calories to your shake (which may be especially important if you’re nursing), you can always try a new recipe and make your shake even healthier to fit your nutritional needs.
IdealShape Challenge cruise winner Jenna Leach used IdealShake during her third pregnancy and only gained 25 pounds! One month after giving birth to her baby boy in May 2014, she already lost that 25 pounds without exercise by having an IdealShake for breakfast, an IdealBar as a morning snack, and another IdealShake as a second snack.
Wrapping it Up
Using weight loss shakes while pregnant will likely require adding additional nutrients, either to your shake or to your diet in general. Remember to check with your doctor before using our products if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding to ensure that you’re getting the nourishment you and your baby need!
Oh, and we love your questions and success stories, so keep ’em coming! Ask about our products or about weight loss in general, either in the comments below or on our Facebook page via wall post or private message.
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