The Best Protein Powder For Pregnancy

Drink Wholesome is the best protein powder for pregnancy. 

Can I use protein powder during pregnancy? Is protein powder safe during pregnancy? You can absolutely use protein powder while pregnant, and some protein powders are safer than others. What makes a pregnancy safe protein powder has more to do with the other ingredients than the type or amount of protein, so you should take a close look at the ingredient list before adding one to your cart. As a rule of thumb, if you cannot pronounce the ingredients, or find them in your kitchen, steer clear! This applies to everyone, especially pregnant women.

What you eat during pregnancy is incredibly important, and can affect your baby’s growth and development. Pregnant women should be consuming 75-100 grams of protein per day (about 20% of your calories), which is a lot of protein. Remember, you are eating for two! If you are struggling to get enough protein in your diet, you may want to consider using a protein powder. Protein powders are a convenient way to boost your protein intake, and can be easy on the stomach – hello, morning sickness! That said, not all protein powders are created equal. 

Many protein powders have added ingredients and hidden chemicals that are not safe to eat during pregnancy — or ever for that matter. Among the junk ingredients to avoid are artificial sweeteners, artificial and “natural” flavors, colors, preservatives, anti-caking and gelling agents, emulsifiers, stabilizers, and thickeners. None of these ingredients are real foods, and have no place in your diet. Now I understand that you are probably not a dietitian or nutritionist, and that you may not be able to identify the ingredients in your protein powder as junk. If this is the case, do not despair. Here is a link to an article in which we identify the most common additives in protein powder. 

For many of you, the selection of protein powders is simply overwhelming. There are so many different brands, each of which makes a different claim and contains different ingredients. So just remember, when in doubt, reach for real foods. To clarify, real foods are foods close to nature. They are minimally processed, and are almost always safe to consume during pregnancy. 

At this point, it would be remiss not to pitch Drink Wholesome. We make the best protein powder for pregnancy for one reason, we use real food ingredients that you can pronounce, and find in your kitchen. We do not make protein powder for pregnant women per say, but we can promise that what you are putting in your body is safe. You wouldn’t think twice before eating an egg white or a chickpea would you? You can order samples of Drink Wholesome online to see what real food protein is all about.  

In closing, I urge you to be wary of companies that make “breastfeeding protein powder.” Just because it is marketed as a protein powder safe for breastfeeding does not mean that is good for you, or your baby. Read the ingredients! 


You are reading an article written by Drink Wholesome, a small company from New Hampshire. Since 2020, we have taken a fundamentally different approach to protein powder by only using real food ingredients – ingredients you can pronounce and find in your kitchen. Now you can boost your protein intake without the added junk found in almost every other protein powder. Hooray! You will find that we also make the best tasting protein powder. What can I say, real foods just taste better.

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