Today we’re going to look at collagen for pregnancy. If you’re planning a pregnancy, are pregnant, or have already given birth and are breastfeeding your baby, this blog is for you. The bounty of benefits collagen offers our bodies before pregnancy are further enhanced by what this supplement can offer you and your new baby as it develops in the womb and after birth.
First, we’ll smooth out the fine lines and wrinkles of what collagen is, the role it plays in pregnancy, and the number of ways collagen will be your best ally along your journey to motherhood. From there we’ll go through the safety and precautions you should be mindful of and how Pure Within suggests you approach your supplementation of collagen for pregnancy.
Let’s jump in and plump out the details regarding collagen for pregnancy.
What Is Collagen?
Before we discover how collagen for pregnancy works, let’s recap on what it is and where it’s available from. Collagen, which is found in foods such as fish, chicken, egg whites, citrus fruit, berries, red and yellow veggies, green leafy veggies and others, is the building block for structural protein in the human body. Collagen plays an important role in the health and function of connective tissues like our skin, bones, muscles, ligaments, bone, vasculature, organs, and tendons. Collagen makes up around 30% of our body’s protein. As we get older our own production of collagen declines and the ageing process sets in. Collagen-filled food and supplements help the body regenerate new healthy cells and tissue.
Collagen For Pregnancy
As an expecting mother, you’re going to want to ensure your body is as close to a perfect environment as possible for a healthy baby to develop while also keeping your own body healthy. During the prepregnancy period (if you’re afforded the blessing of planned parenthood) you can prepare your body for all the work it’s going to be doing to grow your beautiful baby by boosting your nutrition. In this way, using collagen for pregnancy is a valued investment.
Once you’re pregnant, your nutritional requirements are going to change and aside from eating for two, your body is going to need more amino acids. Not only are you’re going to want to eat more, but also the nutrients that do come in are going to be shared with your baby. You’re going to need to make sure you’re getting extra in so that it feeds you and your baby with everything you’re both going to need.
Pure Within recommends collagen for prepregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum.
How Does Collagen Help For Pregnancy And Breastfeeding?
If you thought the collagen benefits are already awesome, you’re going to love the rewards when using collagen for pregnancy. Here’s what you can look forward to collagen helping you with:
1. Stretch marks: While we are living in a more tolerant and body-positive era, it would be great to dodge stretch marks that come when our body expands and changes so quickly during pregnancy. For the most part, we can move through life with more confidence when we’re more comfortable with and in our body. When it comes to collagen for pregnancy, the amino acids in the collagen peptides help promote the skin’s elasticity and cellular hydration, which also improves skin suppleness and softness.
2. Nutrition density: As we mentioned before, whatever food you’re consuming is going to get shared with your baba, and using collagen for pregnancy is a great boost of rich nutrition for developing cells and tissue of both mom and fetus.
3. Joint strengthening: It’s no secret that as women advance along their pregnancy journey and the baby grows, our bodies do get heavier and our joints can take strain with the additional pregnancy pounds. The peptides in collagen promote joint health and ultimately provides more support to joints, as well as restoring bone density and repairing degeneration so that mobility and flexibility are enhanced. Collagen for pregnancy for the win.
4. Thicker, fuller hair: It’s not uncommon for women to shed hair as their hormones change and the body adjusts. Hair loss and general hair quality degradation are frequently heard of. Here, you can consider collagen for pregnancy support too when it comes to damage control, a benefit that lasts well beyond the pregnancy, into the breastfeeding stage too.
5. Healing: After childbirth, collagen and elastin undergo rapid breakdown, so a collagen supplement can help to rebuild tissues in your pelvic floor, abdominal muscles, and uterus. If you really want to max out the benefits of collagen here you can add zinc, which further boosts the healing process.
6. Strength: Another well known “adverse” but natural consequence of all the hard work you do during natural childbirth as it stretches to make a safe passage for your baby to come into the world, is that our vaginas can be looser afterwards. Aside from strengthening your muscles in general, collagen is likely to get your uterus nice and strong again, and also tighten your ‘V’. We’ve heard reports from women saying their vaginas returned to levels of “tightness” from before their pregnancy. Sold!
7. Gut Health: One of the first signs that your gut is out of balance is constipation and indigestion. Once baby arrives and is nursing off the breast, they could display intolerance for your milk too, and collagen will be a reliable help here for you both as collagen peptides are known for soothing and healing leaky and irritated guts.
How To Know If You’re Collagen Deficient
Here are some of the most obvious signs and symptoms of a collagen deficiency:
Wrinkling of skin
Collagen is responsible for giving the skin structure. Where there are low collagen levels, your skin won’t have a plump appearance, but rather it’ll appear bit limp. Elasticity and firmness decline and then wrinkles set in.
Another consequence of the skin losing elasticity is the development of cellulite. As elasticity declines, the layer of fat under the skin makes more contact with the connective tissue dimples and lumps.
Poor blood circulation
Since the walls of our blood vessels are made from collagen, when there are less than optimal levels of collagen in our bods, the blood vessels aren’t fully able to regulate our blood flow. Signs and symptoms of poor blood circulation include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, and chest pain.
It makes sense that since collagen makes up our connective tissue, the connection with muscles, tendons, ligaments, and our skeletal system can become weaker and as such, cause aches and pain in the muscles.
Range of motion restriction
Lack of collagen can mean our joints get damaged because they’re not properly protected. Damaged joints can get stuck in positions that limit our range of motion and make us feel stiff and lose more and more mobility over time.
Only recently did researchers discover that collagen is a key part of our stomach’s lining. If there isn’t enough collagen in the gut, it could create a leak in the intestinal lining. If you’re experiencing unusual levels of constipation, diarrhoea, brain fog, and fatigue, you may have a gut issue that would be wise to mend.
The cartilage that cushions the end of our joints begins to wear down and erode as our collagen levels are compromised. As cartilage degrades there can be bone on bone action in our system and result in agonising pain and limit your range of motion in bones, ligaments and tendons.
Hollow eyes and face
If you look at a child’s face next to a mature adult’s face, the child’s face is noticeably plumper. Their skin is fuller and smoother, while the adult’s skin hangs more and lacks fullness. As we get older and our body produces less collagen on its own, the first symptom that collagen levels are low is sagging skin and ageing.
Is Collagen For Pregnancy Safe?
While there have been no known side effects of collagen for pregnancy for mother or baby, we do urge you to be extremely clear on what kind of collagen you are getting. Pregnant women and people with seafood allergies should steer clear of marine collagen, which is made from fish scales, and rather lean toward bovine or poultry if plant-based options are not a priority for you.
Aside from that, the maximum dosage per day for safe use is 20 grams.
Pure Within’s Collagen Recommendations
For maximum benefits, Pure Within suggests our Pure Hydrolysed Bovine Collagen for the preggie ladies as it’s sourced from only the highest quality NON-GMO Type I and III collagen. Collagen powder is extremely versatile when it comes to how you consume it, so feel free to mix it, juice it, blend it, or eat it by adding it to your favourite stews while they’re cooking.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to using collagen through your pregnancy and breastfeeding, the benefits are vast. The only caution to throw to the wind to ensure your and your child’s safety is that you don’t use marine collagen. While we haven’t heard any negative feedback about the use of collagen, we also do advise you speak to your personal healthcare provider to check it’s the right choice for your individual needs.
Other than that, we look forward to hearing just how much you’re enjoying all the pleasant side effects of using collagen.
Go forth and plump up those baby making cells!