At Vital Proteins®, it's our mission to help people live fuller, more vibrant lives through premium collagen products. But we also understand that not all phases of life are the same. One minute you could be training for a marathon, and the next you could be readying for a little one on the way.
In an effort to provide a comprehensive guide to living a wellness-minded lifestyle, we're focusing in on one of the more frequently asked questions we get: "Can I use collagen while pregnant?"
Below we explore some of the reasons people like using collagen, in an effort to understand whether these benefits may carry over to this exciting stage of life as well. Scroll on for the details.
Vital Note: This article has been made available for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Your licensed healthcare professional can best provide you with the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition and assist you as well in deciding whether a dietary supplement will be a helpful addition to your regimen.
Remind Me, What Are The Benefits Of Collagen?
As we've discussed, collagen is the body’s most abundant protein with a plethora of benefits, such as:
Collagen For The Skin
Collagen is important for the skin in a number of ways. As we age or go through other major changes, our body’s natural collagen production begins to decline, which may lead to the appearance of fine lines and sagging skin. Collagen helps keep it firm, plump, hydrated and supple. When it comes to skin tissue, collagen also adds firmness and elasticity. **
Collagen For Joints
Ligaments, joints and tendons are all part of the intricate matrix in our body largely consisting of collagen.
As important as exercise is to our lives, strenuous and continuous exertion and other life events can put a strain on our bodies, especially on muscles, joints and ligaments. Incorporating ingestible collagen (i.e. hydrolyzed collagen) into your diet can help account for this and support joint health.**
Collagen For The Body
Collagen is the vital building block of our bodies including skin, hair, nails, bones and joints. Our bodies cannot synthesize enough collagen on their own and, unfortunately, our diets today contain minimal collagen.
Supplementing your diet with ingestible collagen, however, can increase your collagen intake and help to support your wellness goals.**
Collagen For Pregnancy: Can I Use Collagen While Pregnant?
Considering the above factors, it's understandable why people would want to continue their daily scoop while pregnant (yay for skin elasticity, joint support and overall wellness!)**
That said, it's important to seek the advice of a medical professional to determine whether collagen will be a good fit for your new regimen and diet. They can best advise you on the health benefits and/or any side effects that would come with taking it.
How Much Collagen Should I Take?
If you do get the green light to proceed, understanding that collagen is not a one-size-fits-all supplement — especially when considering what phase of life you're in! When it comes to how much collagen you should take, we launched the first-ever Collagen Calculator™ to give you the answer to this!
Using information like your age, sex and diet, our proprietary on-site equation, which was developed based on published research, helps to determine your recommended daily collagen intake. A perfect-for-you collagen serving size is a few prompts away. Just add in your information and see what your final result is!