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Can you drink meal replacement drinks while pregnant?


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#1 blackbird

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:32 PM

I am trying to find more info online but I was wondering if anyone knew about whether or not you can drink a meal replacement style shake that you make or the pre-made type while you are pregnant?

I usually have one every morning for breakfast, more because if I don't I wont have anything :s

Currently we are trying to conceive and it just occurred to me I might not be able to take them while pregnant.

#2 ~flaxen~

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:43 PM

You would have to check the packaging. What does it say on what you currently use? There usually would be a disclamer like "not suitable for pregnant women or children" if you can't.

#3 YellowKittyGlenn

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:49 PM

No, ive never read a packaging for meal replacement where you can. They do state "not for consumption for pregnant or lactating women". Make a fruit smoothy in the mornings will be better for you and bub.

#4 cabbagepatch

Posted 03 February 2013 - 02:50 PM

They are generally a NO-NO due to the synthetic vitamins that are in them - also means they are unsuitable while breastfeeding...

(this is what I was told when I wanted to join TF while still feeding DD at 14 months)

Something like the Bel-vita breakfast snacks might be better if you really can't have breakfast... or the up and go breakfast popper things


#5 Moo point

Posted 03 February 2013 - 03:03 PM

You may want to reconsider drinking them while TTC too, you may not be getting enough essential nutrients or calories to assist with conception. Generally any strict dieting or unnatural/synthetic chemicals can affect your ability to conceive.

Why not a smoothie as PP suggested, if you really can't face food?

#6 DG22

Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:29 PM

I checked with my OB and I'm allowed to have the 100% whey ones. I have it for breaks but it's a high quality protein shake

#7 wannabe30

Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

If you like the shakes because you hate "real" food first thing in the morning, would and UpAndGo drink work instead?

#8 Cyaira

Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:34 PM

Could you have an up'n'go or something similar? Not sure if they have 'synthetic' vitamins though. (What on earth is a synthetic vitamin anyway? My OB recommended taking pregnancy multivitamins, surely that's similar...?)

I would think that eating a shake for breakfast would be far better than not eating breakfast at all when pregnant.

Although you get so hungry towards the end I suspect you'll want breakfast anyway!

#9 Coffeegirl

Posted 03 February 2013 - 04:37 PM

I work for a sports nutrition retailer and we do not recommend any (including the 100% whey) without consulting your GP or medical specialist, when pregnant or lactating.

They are not meant to be taken as regular meal replacements, but as more of a "once in a while replacement" anyway.

#10 onedaysoon

Posted 03 February 2013 - 05:45 PM

My understanding was that you can't use them due to the high levels of Vitamin A which can cause birth defects.

#11 blackbird

Posted 04 February 2013 - 08:52 PM

Hmmm thanks ladies for all your comments, seems like a tricky one.

Like some other posters in regards to vitamins I too am thinking does that mean we shouldn't take multi's?

And Im not taking about living off them just when I get up at 7:30 take the kids to school rush off to the gym type thing I have one when the kids are having there breakfast then around 10 or so I have something a bit more substantial, however the vitamin A could be a worry, maybe just take folate tablets and not pregnancy multi, might have to look into it more..

As to an up and go I figured they were they same but with a whole lot more sugar? and much more expensive but maybe...

#12 Missmarymack

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:03 PM

QUOTE (blackbird @ 04/02/2013, 09:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hmmm thanks ladies for all your comments, seems like a tricky one.

Like some other posters in regards to vitamins I too am thinking does that mean we shouldn't take multi's?


If you choose to take a multi vitamin than You need to take a multi that is safe for pregnancy - ie one whose formulation is made so that it only contains vitamins and minerals in safe quantities so as not to adversely harm a fetus

Edited by Missmarymack, 04 February 2013 - 09:04 PM.


#13 Jenferal

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:21 PM

How about an oat bar or decent muesli bar while in the car?
Something which will fill you up a bit and provide energy for running around till real breakfast time.

#14 MrsLexiK

Posted 04 February 2013 - 09:35 PM

Just make a smoothy. I would stay away from the up and go they really are full of sugar. A smoothy made with milk, soy, rice or almond milk. Chuck in berries and some natural yoghurt ad some oats and blitz/blend.

#15 blackbird

Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:59 PM

Thanks I really might have to try the smoothy thing, its weird I make them for the kids but I don't like the idea of drinking them myself :s not into bars too dry, hmm maybe a choc banana smoothy...

#16 ~Jot~

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:07 PM

I'm pretty sure the Healthy Mummy shakes from Lose Baby Weight are safe. They're specially made for breastfeeding mums, and I've seen pregnant mums drinking them too.http://www.losebabyweight.com.au/shop/

Please don't take my word on it though, if you're going to try them research them properly first. original.gif

#17 Ducky*Fuzz

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

I thought they contained vitamins too and some, such as Vit A are NOT suitable for pregnant women.

#18 blackbird

Posted 05 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

well you can have the mummy smoothies but I think they are kind of an expensive way to do it..

Can I use The Healthy Mummy Smoothies in pregnancy?
A. The smoothies do not have any caffeine, chemicals or artificial ingredients in and are considered safe as an occasional snack in pregnancy. However, we do not recommend following any weight loss plan in regnancy unless under your Doctor's supervision.




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