Is Collagen Safe During Pregnancy?

May 15, 2019

Is Collagen Safe During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, we pay careful attention to what we nourish our bodies and baby with, and we also work hard to stay clear of what is harmful to both our bodies and our baby. 

We avoid certain foods, chemicals, and activities such as lunch meat, raw fish, too much caffeine, alcohol, heavy lifting, smoking, riding roller coasters, changing a litter box, etc. And we welcome other things such as lots of water, rest, healthy foods, quality supplements, safe skincare, moderate exercise, and more. 

We get asked this question often enough, so we decided to share with you our top 4 reasons why we believe taking collagen during pregnancy (and beyond) is not only safe but a must! 

 1. Protein Intake

Most women need 50-60 grams per day of protein (more or less depending on activity level and lifestyle). Throughout pregnancy, it is recommended that women take in anywhere from 75-100 grams of protein daily. That’s a big increase, and pregnancy is not the time to skimp on nutrients!

But where do you get adequate and healthy amounts of protein especially when morning sickness arises, or those crazy pregnancy cravings hit, steering you clear of anything marked “healthy”?

One of the simplest ways you can ensure your day starts off with protein is by adding 1-2 scoops of our Collagen Peptides or Marine Collagen to your breakfast. You can add it to your coffee, tea, oatmeal, smoothie, etc, and it’s quick to dissolve. This will add 10-20 grams of protein to the start of your day!

2. Healthy Gut

No matter what stage of life you’re in, everyone can agree that a healthy gut is key to optimum health. This is definitely the case during pregnancy as well! If your body isn’t able to digest well and therefore absorb nutrients properly, then that means baby isn’t getting proper nutrition either. What’s more, during pregnancy, Progesterone is one of the main hormones released, and one of it’s main jobs is to relax your muscles. This means slower digestion and slower absorption of nutrients. 

So how does one support their gut during pregnancy to not only decrease discomfort but increase nourishment? Let’s take another look at collagen.

The lining of our gut is actually composed of collagen protein, and one of the best ways to nourish the gut and keep it from breaking down it’s protective “barrier” thus resulting in Leaky Gut Syndrome is to replenish the collagen that it needs. On top of that, our body naturally starts losing collagen around the age of 25 which makes it all the more important to make sure you are supplementing daily with collagen.

Another important thing to note when it comes to a healthy gut is the vast amount of amino acids that collagen provides. Some important ones to note include:

  1.     Glutamine: supports proper digestive health and reduces inflammatory responses. 
  2.     Glycine: helps repair connective tissue including the gut lining. Because glycine is not very prevalent in modern day protein sources, it is all the more crucial that it makes it’s way into your diet.

 

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3. Healthy Skin and Reducing Stretch Marks

Have you ever heard of the phrase: nourish like with like? Because our skin is partially made up of collagen protein, it is important to replenish and nourish it with, you guessed it, collagen! Taking collagen as a supplement actually activates the natural production of collagen in your body. This is especially important before, during, and after pregnancy.

One of collagen’s main roles in regard to proper skin health is promoting the hydration and elasticity of your skin (the largest organ in your body!). Increase in elasticity will ensure that your skin can stretch…. and stretch… and stretch however much it needs to make way for a beautiful growing baby. If getting pregnant is on your radar, start taking collagen now to ensure proper health of your skin!

What if it’s too late? What if I’m done being pregnant, and I have dozens of stretch marks to show for it? Can collagen heal and/or reduce stretch marks? We say, yes! Because collagen supports the general health and healing of your skin, we highly recommend continuing taking collagen to heal stretch marks and scarring.

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4. Provides a Steady Stream of Energy

If you’ve ever grown a baby (especially while taking care of a toddler or two!), you know that it can be exhausting! On top of feeding your body (and baby!) healthy, nutrient dense foods that supply your body with proper energy, supplement with collagen.

Glycine, as noted above, is a powerhouse of an amino acids, and another way that it supports your body is by returning energy to your cells. This, in turn, gives you energy. Take note, this isn’t the kind of energy that leaves you on a high and then brings you crashing down for a 2 hour nap! 

By supporting your body with collagen every day, you’re supplying your body with a constant supply of quality energy that your body needs to support a baby as well as getting you through those important days.

Try our collagen today: Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen