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Is Boost Drink Healthy During Pregnancy?

author image Jill Corleone, RDN, LD
Jill Corleone is a registered dietitian and health coach who has been writing and lecturing on diet and health for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Diabetes Self-Management and in the book "Noninvasive Mechanical Ventilation," edited by John R. Bach, M.D. Corleone holds a Bachelor of Science in nutrition.
Is Boost Drink Healthy During Pregnancy?
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You know that eating a healthy diet while you are pregnant is one of the most important things you can do to make sure you have a healthy baby. Your diet for pregnancy should include a variety of foods from each of the food groups to make sure you meet all of your nutrient needs. But if you are having difficulty eating a healthy diet due to poor appetite or limited availability to food, you may need to consider supplementing your diet with a nutritional supplement like Boost.

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Boost is a nutrition drink made by Nestle Nutrition. It is nutritionally complete, meaning it provides all of the essential nutrients your body needs to function properly. In fact, if you drink five 8 oz. bottles of Boost a day you will meet 100 percent of the recommended dietary intake of 24 micronutrients. Boost is most often recommended as a nutrition supplement for individuals who cannot adequately meet their nutrient needs through diet alone, whether due to a poor appetite or increased nutrient needs.

Diet During Pregnancy

The food you decide to eat while pregnant is your baby's primary source of nutrition. Not only do you have to make sure you get enough nutrients to meet your daily needs, but you have to eat enough to meet the needs of your growing baby. This means you have to make every bite you take really count. For the best nutrition, your diet should consist of the most nutrient-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein such as fish and poultry and low-fat dairy foods.

Pregnancy and Boost

Eating a perfectly healthy and well-balanced diet can be difficult while you are pregnant. You may not have much of an appetite due to nausea, heartburn or just the general feeling of fullness. Drinking Boost while pregnant can help you meet your nutrient needs without making you feel too full. Nutrition drinks like Boost, are safe and healthy to drink during pregnancy if you have a poor appetite. In fact, supplementing your diet with nutritional products like Boost when you cannot eat well will help ensure a healthier pregnancy, according to the authors of "Krause's Food, Nutrition and Diet Therapy."


While you can buy Boost at any pharmacy or grocery store, as with any supplement, you should always consult your obstetrician before adding it to your diet. Boost is meant to serve as a supplement to your diet when you have a poor appetite or intake. Drinking it in addition to an adequate diet will not improve your health or pregnancy.

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