Taking Energize While Pregnant

I have become an avid morning workout person. It’s one of the few ways I can ensure that I get it done before my day gets crazy! One of the BIGGEST things that has helped me make this a routine is Beachbody’s Energize supplement. When I found out I was pregnant I was DEVASTATED because I had just always assumed that I probably couldn’t take it while breastfeeding or pregnant. But before giving up completely I decided to do something I should have done from the beginning and research every single ingredient in the formula to see if I could still take it.Beachbody Performance Energize

Here’s what I found:

First of all I was pleasantly surprised when I researched every single ingredient the description would always say: This ingredient is found naturally in foods. Every single one!!

Obviously I am not a doctor or a health care professional, please consult your own doctor and make the decision you are most comfortable with. In all of my research there was a disclaimer that “not enough information or study has been done on this supplement and it’s affect on pregnant and nursing moms, it is advised to err on the side of caution and avoid this supplement.” In my opinion, just because a large, expensive study has not been done on THESE specific and individual ingredients on a large number of pregnant women doesn’t mean it is dangerous for me. I am using common sense, I also showed this to my midwife and you will see below in my notes why I am comfortable taking this supplement. I hope my research will aid you in making your decision.

Let’s go through Energize’s ingredients one by one.

Beta-Alanine

Is it safe? Well, it is naturally occurring in the body and can be found in protein rich foods such as chicken, fish and beef. The dosage in one scoop of Energize does not exceed normal levels that a human would consume in a day.

What does it do? Research published in some science journals reports a number of benefits from Beta-Alanine.

  • Increase muscle strength, mass and output
  • Delay muscle fatigue – meaning it is possible to train harder for longer.
  • Increase in anaerobic and aerobic endurance.

    High intensity exercise can cause the build up of lactic acid in muscles, the lactic acid then releases large amounts of hydrogen ions which negatively affect muscle performance and make it impossible to maintain a high level of performance throughout your workout.

 

Beta-Alanine can help to overcome this effect by boosting the synthesis of carnosine which aids in muscular growth and repair.

Quercetin

Is it safe? Once again this supplement is found in foods such as red wine, onions, apples, berries and others. I should not be taken in excess of 1000mg, however one scoop of Energize contains 500mg of Quercetin. The only setback to this supplement is that it can cause antibiotics to lose their potency.

What does it do? Quercetin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects especially helpful for joints. Quercetin is also used to increase endurance and improve athletic performance.

Green Tea

Is it safe? The only setback to Green Tea is the amount of caffeine in it. It is advised for pregnant women to consume 200mg or less per day of caffeine, which is the amount in a typical 12 oz cup of coffee – or 1 scoop of Energize! I don’t drink coffee, so I feel safe with this dosage of Green Tea in Energize.

What does it do? Obviously, caffeine is used to increase energy and mental alertness.

Those are all the active ingredients, here is the rest of the list:

Citric Acid (Citric acid is very common in foods. In many fruits and fruit juices, it occurs naturally. Many processed foods also contain citric acid as an additive. Like all acids, it has a sour flavor, but it’s safe for human consumption. As such, it’s popular in processed foods to add tart flavor. There are no scientific studies that suggest citric acid is unsafe for consumption during pregnancy or any other time.) Beet Sugar, Stevia, Silica (Most people consume about 20 to 50 milligrams of silica through their diet every day. It is found as an additive to almost every vitamin, including most prenatal vitamins, in very small doses. It is listed last on the ingredient list in Energize)


 

Taking Energize while pregnantSo there you have it – all the ingredients in Energize. Having done my research, noting the dosages found in Energize and the dosage that one would naturally and safely consume of these supplements in every day life, I personally feel completely comfortable taking this supplement (one scoop only) during my pregnancy to get me ready to take on my workout every morning and decrease muscle soreness and fatigue. I may not take it while breastfeeding because of the caffeine – I’m sensitive to caffeine and it usually affects my babies, but just like a cup of coffee – there may be mornings where I say – “It’s worth it!” and just go for it.

I hope this helps all you pregnant and breastfeeding mamas! I am so thankful that Beachbody has come out with a pre-workout that is as natural and safe as any I have found! Ok – time to get my workout done!!

Comments

  1. Hi Vanessa, just wondering how did your pregnancy go? And how is your LO? Did the energize seem to have any negative effects on either of y’all? I am currently 4 weeks pregnant and am going to talk to my midwife and see if I can take energize. I would really love to!

    • Hi there!! I am still pregnant!! 25 weeks and counting, but I’m feeling good – excited to meet my baby girl! I haven’t noticed any negative effects, but I am careful not to drink coffee on the days I take Energize. The good part is that when I drink Energize and workout in the morning I don’t need coffee – the natural post-workout high and endorphins are all I need.

  2. I am so glad I found this! Thank you so much for researching and sharing. I recently found out I was pregnant and was so bummed about not taking energize anymore. I REALLY need it now! I feel a little better about approaching my doctor. Thank you again!

    • Absolutely! I know it’s so confusing, and most people don’t want to endorse ANYTHING that hasn’t been HEAVILY researched (understandably) but knowing the ingredients and their individual recommended dosage and listening to your own body I think you can still make good decisions.

  3. Vanessa-all great info! Im curious if you’ve done similar research with the rest of the performance line, like Recover and Recharge? Thanks!

  4. Hi Vanessa,

    I’m glad I found this page too, I am trying to get pregnant and I have Energize too and thought I had to stop. I hope we can see updates on how things are going. I notice you have an instagram link on top so I will attempt to follow you there. Take care and best wishes.

  5. You realize it says directly on the canister “do not take this product if you are pregnant,” right?

    You make all coaches look bad. This article is you trying to extend a knowledge that you have zero education in.
    Anyone reading this, be smart and ask a doctor. Not a fitness coach who stands to profit from your purchase.

    • Hi Anonymous,
      I do appreciate your comment. I believe I stated that I am not a doctor or medical professional in any way, and any product that has not been specifically tested on pregnant women will have that disclaimer on it. I did my own research, discussed with my midwife and based on the levels of the ingredients and comparing that to what I would naturally eat in regular every day foods, I personally felt fine taking it. I know several coaches who don’t.

      I’m just sharing my decision – not advising anyone to go against their doctor or what they feel comfortable with!

  6. Yay!! Great find for me today <3 and I will also discuss with my doctor. Thank you for your hard work and willingness to get the word out there for others who are dying to know!!!! 🙂

  7. Thank you for your info, Vanessa! After reading this, I checked with my doctor and she agreed with everything you said! It SAVED me and I was able to work out this entire time! I have 12 days until my due date and I can’t wait to meet our baby girl!

    I was wondering if you knew about any of the other Beachbody Performance Line products and if I’m able to use them while breast feeding? Have you done any research on those?

    Thanks in advance!

    Amber

    • I am so glad to hear that!!
      Yes, it is a LIFE-SAVER, especially when pregnancy fatigue hits.
      I am so excited for you and your little one that is on their way.

      Because I was not trying to build muscle during my pregnancy, I did not look into the Beachbody Recover or Recharge formulas.

      I did feel comfortable with everything in Hydrate, and continued to drink it throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding.

      Hope this helps!!

  8. Thanks for this post! I’ve had major fatigue during these last few weeks, and I finally broke down and had some energize today so I could function. So glad to read your analysis! 🙂

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