In the past couple of months, I’ve gotten this same question from several Shakeology customers and Beachbody Coaches so I decided to make a post about here on my blog. The question I’ve been asked several times is, “is Shakeology safe for pregnant women?”
I want to start off by saying that what I write in this post is my opinion based on my knowledge of Shakeology and what other Shakeology drinkers have told me their own doctors have said. Regardless of the information you find here, I highly recommend that you consult your doctor to get their opinion. Bring a sample packet, or an ingredient list to your doctor and have him/her look it over for you to help determine if consuming Shakeology while pregnant is safe.
Shakeology While Pregnant
Shakeology contains all natural ingredients and most likely will be OK’d by every doctor, but there is one issue that I’ve heard about. If a women is pregnant and taking prenatal vitamins and drinking Shakeology, she may be getting too much vitamin A, which could be a bad thing. However, according to the label on the Shakeology package, the vitamin A in Shakeology is derived from, or comes from beta-carotene, which is actually better than just vitamin A.
According to livestrong.com:
Beta carotene is less harmful to the body than vitamin A. This is because only about 30 percent of the beta carotene you consume is actually absorbed. If you take a multivitamin, choosing one that contains beta carotene is better than choosing one with vitamin A, unless your doctor recommends otherwise. Vitamin A is stored in the liver, so taking very high dosages and then stopping doesn’t necessarily solve the problem. If the amount accumulated in the liver gets too high, you might still experience problems.
So because the vitamin A in Shakeology is beta-carotene, it may be a non issue, and doctors are just erring on the side of caution. Also, it has become widely known that most doctors have not been educated on nutrition and therefore lack the knowledge needed to make these kind of recommendations. For nutrition advice, it may be better to make an appointment with a registered dietitian. (Read Article Here)
The main takeaway from this post is that drinking Shakeology, and taking prenatal vitamins is overkill, you don’t need both and taking both could potentially be harmful.
Is Shakeology Safe For Pregnant Women?
Because I’m not a doctor, dietitian, or nutritionist, I don’t want to give a definite answer on whether or not drinking Shakeology while pregnant is safe. My common sense tells me it is. I’m sure there are pregnant women putting much worse things in their bodies and having no problems at all. But again, for this question I’d rather defer to the Shakeology label that states:
Warning: Consult with a healthcare professional if pregnant, breast feeding, or if you have any other unique or special needs.
If you’ve drank Shakeology while pregnant, or have an opinion on the matter, please leave a comment below letting us know your experience: