Protein is an important part of your daily nutritional value, but when you are pregnant it is crucial for your baby’s healthy development. Protein aids vital aspects of your body, including your red blood cells and muscle tissue. It carries nutrients and oxygen to and from red blood cells and regulates clotting around the uterus and placenta.
As your baby enters the second and third trimester, growth will happen rapidly. Protein is critical at this stage to support healthy development.
How much protein you should consume depends on both your ideal weight and physical activity. Always consult with your OB/GYN or midwife before making dietary changes.
Signs you aren’t eating enough protein
If morning or evening sickness is affecting your food intake you may end up not getting enough protein. Some symptoms of too little protein are recurring infections, build up of fluid in your extremities (hands, feet, ankles, arms, or legs), unexplained weight loss, and fatigue of the muscles.
Sources of protein
Even if cravings for ice cream are at an all-time high, and cravings for food rich in proteins are low, there are many sources of protein that can be tried. These include lean meats (poultry, fish, or shellfish), milk, tofu, yogurt, beans, eggs, and soy.
Throughout your pregnancy protein will provide a lot of benefits for both you and your baby, such as:
A leaner figure
Protein builds lean muscle rather than fat. Lean muscle is lighter and will reduce health complications by putting less strain on your body. With less strain you will experience less stress and so will your baby.
Remaining full during the day
While weight gain in pregnancy is normal, too much weight gain can lead to serious health complications. Eating a daily intake of approximately 80 - 100 grams of protein, depending on weight and physical activity, will keep your food consumption moderate.
Reduce the risk of gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is usually a temporary condition. As the placenta secretes hormones it may block the body from absorbing insulin, which will cause unhealthy blood sugar levels. Gestational diabetes may also turn into Type 2 diabetes later in life, so it is best to prevent its development.
Protein can prevent many of the issues associated with gestational diabetes such as increased birth weight and premature delivery.
If you are 35 or over, overweight, or diabetes runs in your family, you may be tested more frequently for this condition.
Promote your baby’s development
In the third trimester, protein really shows its benefits for your baby. It ensures your baby’s cognitive abilities and brain size are increasing as they should. Your doctor will monitor growth but you can feel comfortable in knowing you have eaten foods that support your baby’s maturation.
Finally, always remember to eat a variety of foods. Your baby needs an assortment of nutrients throughout development.
Adequate protein encourages a healthier placenta! Contact The Placenta Pill for your encapsulation if you live in Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth and surrounding areas.
Placenta encapsulation, or consuming your placenta, has been known to provide a wide range of benefits to new mothers. It began as a common practice in Chinese medicine but over time has found a place in Western medicine, as well. Today’s mothers choose The Placenta Pill from all over the DFW and Southern OK areas, including Gainesville, Denton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Argyle, Grapevine, Dallas, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Fort Worth, Allen, Keller and more!
The placenta exchanges nutrients and blood with the fetus while it is in the mother’s womb, and is believed to increase the mother’s health after the baby is born. There are many ways to ingest the placenta. One way is to convert it into pills. Some women eat the placenta raw, with food, or combined with a smoothie, however The Placenta Pill upholds the highest in preparation safety and therefore only offers the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of steaming the placenta to lock in the essence, as well as effectively killing any harmful bacteria that may be present. The placenta should be consumed by the mother soon after birth, or stored safely. If you choose The Placenta Pill to encapsulate your placenta, you will receive detailed instructions for safe handling.
Here are some benefits of placenta encapsulation:
This hormone is responsible for a host of pro-social behaviors such as friendliness, bonding with your infant, and sexual pleasure. Having a baby can be hard and though mothers love their bundles of joy, some may suffer from postpartum depression as their hormones fluctuate. With an increase in oxytocin they may be able to gain support from friends, create a securer bond with their infant, and reap the benefits of intimacy with their significant other.
Another benefit of oxytocin is related to the uterus. This hormone helps the uterus return to its regular size.
Increase in stress-reducing hormone
Corticotropin Releasing Hormone (CRH) is released by the hypothalamus and plays a big part in reducing stress. After giving birth the demands of unpredictable hormones, body changes, and an infant can produce a lot of stress for mothers. Placenta encapsulation has been known to help women cope with these demands which will lead to an easier return to normal activities and relationships.
Regulation of iron levels
After child birth, low iron levels may lead to anemia. This can cause excessive tiredness, dizziness, and difficulty taking in enough air. These symptoms can be reduced or prevented by using the natural nutrients of a placenta.
Better milk production
In a study conducted by the First Obstetric Clinic at Charles University, in Prague, researchers found that 86% of the 210 women given placenta showed an increase in milk supply within a few days. While the study proves placenta hormones do positively affect milk production, it will need to be expanded to discover which hormones produce this effect.
Ingesting the placenta can boost the pain-relieving qualities of opioids. This can lessen side effects of these medications and allow the mother to bond better with her infant.
There are a variety of studies that support placenta encapsulation. They are listed here, if you would like to take a look.
As always, consult with your encapsulator and your medical care provider with any questions. The Placenta Pill looks forward to serving you soon! Contact us today to book your professional encapsulation.