When a mom is both pregnant and breastfeeding, she needs additional calories, protein and other nutrients to maintain her own body and provide protein in her breast milk for her baby. Target 50% of calories from healthy fats (this is easy and tastes good), 20% from protein, and the rest from vegetables.
But Why Protein?
Protein provides the building blocks necessary for fetal tissue development and maternal tissue expansion. Proper protein consumption also supports the body’s increased blood volume for labor, delivery, and lactation and is one of the single most critical elements for fetal neurological development.
In your second and third trimesters when the baby’s brain is developing it is ESPECIALLY important to get adequate amounts of protein. Without sufficient protein in your diet, you are more at risk of contracting an infection, suffering from weight loss, and possibly retaining severe amounts of fluid. Consuming the proper amounts of protein during pregnancy is vital to the health of your baby!
- Eating a diet rich in protein helps to stabilize blood sugar levels
- Consuming amino acids in protein are quite literally the building blocks of the human body
- Consuming proteins not only repair muscle tissue but also red blood cells
- Transporting nutrients and oxygen to and from those cells and also control blood clotting particularly those in and around the uterus and placenta
- Consuming Proteins also play a huge roll in hair and fingernail growth
- regulation of hormone secretion and digestion
How much protein do you need?
PREGNANT MOMS: It is recommended that pregnant moms increase their caloric intake by approximately 300 calories and will need to take in approximately 65 grams of protein per day.
NURSING MOMS: Nursing moms can add up to 700 calories a day (typically no less than 1500-1800 calories per day) with a minimum recommended intake of 71 grams of protein daily.
And every moms starting weight and exercise level is different so it is important to always check with your doctor. For a quick estimate check out the protein calculator below: http://mommi.com/education/protein-during-pregnancy/protein-calculator-tool/
Some great sources of protein include lean meat, poultry, fish eggs, milk, cheese and whey protein. For those looking for vegetarian or vegan options, tofu, beans, soy milk, nuts and rice, hemp or pea protein will also fulfill your prenatal daily requirement.
**Soy protein is to be avoided due to its high concentration of phytoestrogens and the fact that nearly all soy in the U.S. is genetically engineered.
A protein-deficient diet can lead to health problems for both the mother (fatigue, muscle atrophy) and baby (hampered growth, learning disabilities).
SYMPTOMS OF PROTEIN DEFICIENCY
- Frequent infections such as cold and flu
- Tiredness and lethargy Irritability
- Mood changes
- Depression Poor wound healing – dry and flaky skin
- Fluid retention
- Bloating and poor digestion
- Stretch marks
How Gutsey bars can help
With a balanced, nutrient rich diet, you can theoretically consume enough protein foods to keep your body in great condition. At the same time, real life has a tendency to get in the way — some days, fully preparing a protein-rich meal can be a hassle!
Gutsey travel bars are made for those moments when you are on-the-go and looking for a healthy alternative from traditional snacks that are filled with sugar, bulked up with grains, gluten and other mystery ingredients. All three flavors of Gutsey bars are non-GMO, gluten free and no added sugars, with both vegan and paleo-friendly options.
The Boston bar contains 20 grams of Grass-Fed Whey protein that is sourced from cows that graze on all-natural, pesticide-free farmlands in New Zealand, a country known for upholding the strictest quality controls for their dairy industry. The milk from these hormone-free cows is non-GMO and flash pasteurized to ensure minimal exposure to heat. The New Hampshire and Maine bars are both Vegan with 10 grams of Pea Protein. Pea protein powder is one of the most hypoallergenic of all protein powders, as it contains no gluten or dairy. It is also easy on the stomach and doesn’t cause bloating.
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