Have you ever heard of creatine monohydrate, commonly known as creatine?
Chances are that if you have, you have probably heard about it as a popular legal substance that helps boost muscle power for athletes, extreme sports enthusiasts and weightlifters.
That is because professional and collegiate athletes have long known that creatine helps them stay strong and fit, and helps them compete at the highest level.
In fact, creatine is accepted as a legal substance, and is widely used by almost every professional, college sport, including Olympic Athletes!
However, Creatine is much more than that. It’s a vital nutrient in the human body made by amino acids to help supply energy to muscle cells. Creatine can help power the body and mind.
Creatine is often used by athletes, but researchers are looking into the benefits creatine can have for a wide range of groups including pregnant women.
Can you take creatine during pregnancy?
There is ongoing research about the effects of creatine on pregnant women, but scientific studies show it is a safe supplement that may help improve a baby’s brain and heart function.
Dr. Richard B. Kreider, the head of Encour’s scientific advisory board, believes this is an important area of research that could impact fetal and child development and health.
Dr. Kreider says current research shows there is typically an increased demand for creatine during pregnancy, and there are a number of benefits creatine can provide.
Benefits of creatine during pregnancy
Even in developed countries, problems with the placenta and umbilical cord can cause babies to lose oxygen before or during birth. Unfortunately, babies can suffer birth injuries as a result. This is one of the driving forces into more research on creatine and its benefits during pregnancy.
Published studies have shown creatine supplementation during the third trimester of pregnancy may help support the health of the mother and child. These benefits can last during pregnancy, during birth, and after birth.
In animal studies, creatine has been shown to improve neonatal survival and organ function following birth. Other studies on humans show creatine supplementation may benefit fetal growth, development, and health.
Creatine can be especially beneficial in high-risk pregnancies and situations like hypoxia when a baby does not get the oxygen it needs.
A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology on mice found creatine can reach fetal and placental tissues. The mice were fed the supplement daily.
The study found mice offspring had a greater chance of surviving birth hypoxia when the mothers were fed creatine.
The study also suggests when a pregnant mother takes creatine, the supplement likely reaches the baby. The mice had higher levels of creatine in the placenta, fetal brain, heart, liver, and kidney.
Another board member for Encour, Dr. Stacey Ellery, is currently researching whether creatine can improve outcomes in pregnancies with complications like preeclampsia, fetal growth retardation, preterm birth, and intrapartum asphyxia.
She participated in a review of scientific studies that points to creatine as a prophylactic therapy in high-risk pregnancies as a possible treatment for hypoxia, inflammation, and oxidative stress.
The review also suggests creatine could benefit all pregnant women against the risk of brain injury during the second and third trimesters. It compares taking creatine to taking folate, which is often used to prevent defects in early pregnancy. The review calls for more research in pregnant women.
Using Encour!™ during pregnancy
While the research into creatine for pregnant women continues, creatine itself is considered one of the most well-researched supplements and has a very high safety profile. Research goes back several decades and has shown no negative side effects.
Encour has reviewed pioneering research and partnered with leading authorities to develop the formula with pure German creatine.
Encour contains no caffeine or sugar so you will not feel jittery after consuming it. It also contains no GMOs, gluten, or dairy and includes 100% of your recommended daily Vitamin C.
If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before starting a supplement.