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Can you take collagen supplements when pregnant?

Section: Pregnancy

Collagen supplements are known to help with hair growth as well as helping with skin elasticity, but with the glossy thick hair and glowing skin that pregnancy blesses you with, why are pregnant women taking collagen supplements?

There is a lot of advice about what vitamins and supplements you need to take when pregnant that will help boost you and your baby's health. But what if you want to take a supplement that isn't on the midwives recommended list?

Collagen has a lot of health benefits, so here's everything you need to know about the supplements and whether they are safe to take when pregnant.

What is collagen?

Collagen is a protein that helps with skin, joints and muscle health, as well as being known for promoting healthy hair. Many people take collagen supplements as they start getting older as it is said to reduce wrinkles and maintain function of the joints. 

What are the health benefits of taking them?

Taking collagen supplements can be helpful during pregnancy and postpartum. Pregnant women can experience brittle hair and even hair loss, so collagen supplements can help restore hair back to health. 

The postpartum benefits of taking them can also help with skin elasticity, helping to tighten the skin on the stomach. 

They are also known for improving mood and reducing anxiety, which can help to reduce the chance of suffering with postnatal depression

While there are many benefits, Nurse and midwife Professor Gina Awoko Higginbottom said: "the good news for pregnant women is that the naturally occurring and increasing pregnancy hormones create many benefits. For many women they experience increased hair growth and the 'glow of pregnancy', so additional supplements are not necessarily needed."

Professor Higginbottom advises to always consult your doctor or midwife before taking any supplements. 

Are they safe to take when pregnant?

It's advised that women consume an average of 70-100 grams of protein a day when pregnant, but there can be many reasons why women don't meet these guidelines such as food aversions, the source of protein. energy or time. 

Doctor Clare Morrison, GP of 20 years and medical advisor at Medexpress says that it isn't recommended and it's better to eat a healthy balanced diet. "Some women are keen to take collagen supplements in pregnancy and they should be safe to take, but do check the guidance for each individual product."

The best collagen supplements to buy

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1) Coconut & Collagen Capsules, £13.99, My Vitamins

These supplements are easy to add into your daily routine, and you only need to take two a day. They can help provide you with more energy while restoring brittle hair to a stronger form. 
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2) Beauty Box - Collagen Drink Supplement, £32.99, Absolute Collagen

This oral liquid supplement is infused with Vitamin C and even free from lactose, gluten and dairy. It helps to boost energy levels and promote stronger and faster growing hair. 
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3) Bioglan Beauty Collagen Effervescent Tablets, £8.99, Holland & Barrett

A delicious berry flavoured drink that helps to top up your collagen levels. Skin can lose some of its natural elasticity and hydration, and just popping one tablet into a glass of water a day will help contribute to normal skin function, giving back your radiance. 
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4) Collagen Complex Powder, £18.99, Golden Green Organics

Collagen Complex naturally helps to increase your collagen intake as well as protecting cells. Made from 50% organic ingredients, it's free from all artificial additives and will help to reclaim your glow.
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5) Planet Paleo Cacao Magic, £28.99, Planet Organic

This dreamy collagen cacao mix puts a new twist on hot chocolates, helping to nourish your joints, hair, skin and your soul. Just one heaped tablespoon mixed into hot water or milk is a refreshing alternative to collagen tablest or liquids. 

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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