Protein Drinks

QUESTION

Dear Nutritionist,
I am 27-weeks pregnant and am curious to know if protein drinks are safe. I have occasionally had 100% Whey protein drinks throughout my pregnancy. Should I worry?
Laura

ANSWER

Laura,
I would say that it is important to watch the amount of protein you are consuming daily. When you are pregnant, it is necessary to get a healthy balance of protein, carbs and healthy fats! If you are consuming foods and/or supplements that are higher in one nutrient, such as protein, that can throw your nutritional balance off.

It doesn't sound like you are consuming them on a regular basis but I would check with your doctor to be sure you are using them safely.
-- Kimberly, RD LD

Kimberly Tessmer

Kimberly A. Tessmer, RD LD has been a registered dietitian since 1992 and is also an Ohio licensed Dietitian. Her educational achievements include a Bachelor of Science in Technology (Dietetics) from Bowling State University in Bowling Green, OH. She currently owns and operates a consulting business called "Nutrition Focus" www.nutrifocus.net, in which she specializes and offers services in the areas of weight management, general nutrition, authoring, menu development and a variety of other services.

To date Kim has authored three books including "The Everything® Nutrition Book", "Tell Me What To Eat If I Have Celiac Disease", and "The Everything® Pregnancy Nutrition Book". In addition, Kim has written numerous articles for various health/nutrition web sites and magazines including Bally Total Fitness Magazine, Well and Healthy Women Magazine and Healthology.com, Inc as well as continuing education courses for www.care2learn.com. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association and the ADA Practice Group, Nutrition Entrepreneurs.