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Can weight loss supplements be taken during pregnancy?

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TruWeight     &     Energy Active     Ingredients     List:     
(Listed     Alphabetically)
AMP is found     in Phuong     Tea     and     acts     as     a     metabolism     “booster”     and     
assists     the     body     in     metabolizing     fatty     tissue.     
B-6      helps     metabolize      fat.     B-6     also      helps     maintain      blood      sugar     in     a     
normal     range.     It     also     aids     in     the     repair     of     tissue     and     cells.
B-12      can      normalize      appetite      and      give      greater      levels      of      non-
stimulant     energy.     It     also     contributes     to     clarity     of     thought     and     focus.     
It     contributes     to     overall     motivation     to     maintain     an     active     life     style.
Bioperine     (Black     Pepper):
Bioperine,      a      compound      in      black      pepper,      has      been      proven      to     
enhance      the      absorption      of     molecules     into      the      body.      Bioperine      has     
been      shown      to      act      as      a      fat      burner      by      increasing      basal      metabolic     
rates.(Diepvens      et      al.,      2007;      Hursel      and      Westerterp-Plantenga,     
Bitter     Orange:
The      active      ingredient      in      Bitter      Orange      is      Synephrine,      which      is      a     
molecularly      similar      but      safe     alternative      to     ephedrine.     (Stohs     et     al.,     
This      formula      does      not      contain      a      sufficient      amount      of      caffeine      to     
cause      addiction      or      withdrawal      symptoms.      The      caffeine      in      this     
formula     is     primarily     naturally     occurring     from     natural     extracts.          Just     
enough      is      present      to      act      as      a      catalyst      in      activating      other      key     
ingredients     in     the     formula.
The     body     uses     chromium     in     the     digestive     process.     It     helps     maintain     
nominal      blood      sugar      levels.      Supplementing      with      chromium      can     
lower      triglycerides     and      total     cholesterol     levels     in     people     with     high     
blood     sugar     and     diabetics.
Dendrobium     is     one     of     fifty     of     fundamental     herbs     used     in     traditional     
medicine.      Enriched      dendrobium      alkaloids      show      many      beneficial     
effects,      including:      increased      focus,      enhanced      confidence,      and     
increased      energy.            Unlike      other      stimulants,      these      effects      are      not     
correlated     to     an     increase     in     blood     pressure.          
Green     Tea     EGCG     extract:
Epigallocatechin      gallate (EGCG)      is      a      green      tea      extract      that      shows     
significant      results      in      helping      individuals      maintain      their      weight.          
Green     Tea     is     also     a     rich     source     of     anti-oxidants.
Phenylethylamine     HCl     (PEA):     
Phenylethylamine      HCI      (PEA)      is      an      alkaloid      commonly      found      in     
chocolate      that      encourages      increased      release      of      dopamine,      It     
improves      mood      and      promotes      higher      activity      levels.
TruFix     Active     Ingredient     List:
(Listed     Alphabetically)
Alpha     Lipoic     Acid:
Assists     in     converting     glucose     (blood sugar)     into     energy.     It     is     also     a     
powerful     antioxidant.     
Contains     the     specific     polyphenols     responsible     for     the     many     health     
benefitrs of     cinnamon.     These     benefits     include     blood     sugar     
management,     subtle     weight     loss,     high     blood     pressure     management     
and     slowing     of     the     aging     process.     
Chlorogenic     Acid:     
Retrains     the     body     go     more     effectively     seek     out     and     utilize     body     fat     
for     energy. Improves     overall     blood     chemistry     which     has     a     positive     
systemic     and     organ     impact     that     is     recognized     throughout     the     body.     
Helps     regulate     glucose     and     assists     in     the     metabolism     of     glucose     on     a     
cellular     level.     Dosage     in     each     serving     is     well     below     any     purported     
unhealthy     levels.     
Helps     the     body     produce     health     red     blood     cells.     When     combined     with     
Zinc     and     magnesium     it     can     help     prevent     calcium     loss.
Helps     prevent     calcium     loss,     kidney     disease,     Crohn’s     disease     and     
other     digestive     ailments.
Raspberry     Ketones:
Increases     the     production     of     the     protein     hormone     adinopectin     which     
controls     metabokic     deviations     that     could     lead     to     weight     gain.     Also     a     
very     potent     antioxidant.
A     powerful     antioxidant.     It     is     often     used     in     formulations     to     fight     
cancer,     heart     disease,     aging     and     viral     infections.
Helps     improves     efficiency     of     the     body’s     insulin     to     help     regulate     
glucose     (blood     sugar)     and     neautralize     blood     sugar     spikes.
An     essential     trace     element     that     boosts     the     immune     system     and     may     
help     individuals     with     eye     disorders,     ADHD,     osteoprorosis     and     
prostate     issues.     Athletes     use     zinc     to     enhance     athletic     performance     
and     strength.
*These     statements     have     not     been     evaluated     by     the     FDA.     
Though     many     people     attribute     improvements     in     their     health
     to     taking     these     
products,     results     may     vary.     
These     products     are     not     intended     to     diagnose,
     treat,     cure     or     prevent     any     disease.     

Before     starting     this     or     any
please     have     your     health     care     professional     evaluate     the     supplement     for     compatibility     
with     your     current     health     and     
medications     if     applicable.
Hi just wondering if any of these ingredients for this weight loss supplement would negativity affect or be harmful while conceiving or pregnant
Posted Thu, 30 Nov 2017 in Vitamins
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
Brief Answer:

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

I am not a nutritionist, I'm a family practice physician, but I can tell you these general rules about supplements and pregnancy:

1. If it's a vitamin or mineral, it's generally ok to take it as long as the amount doesn't exceed what is generally allowable for pregnancy. For example, for years I took 2000mg of Vitamin C but once I was pregnant, I slowly tapered down on the dose. Part of the reason was to prevent my baby from developing a Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) deficiency after birth, because her body would be used to the presence of a high dose, but wouldn't be receiving as much in breast milk. So compare the dosage for the vitamins (B6, B12) and mineral (selenium, copper, zinc) that are in the product with this guide:
You will need to copy and paste the link into your search bar to see it (it won't automatically link).

2. The second general rule is that most supplements that aren't vitamins and minerals generally haven't been studied as to their effects in pregnancy. This has to do with the ethical issues around giving a woman a supplement and seeing what effect it has on her baby. You can try to do a google scholar search for the individual substances and pregnancy or pregnancy risks, but most of them are unlikely to have been studied.
Here is an article about this that might help:

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if I can clarify or provide further information.
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Follow-up: Can weight loss supplements be taken during pregnancy? 24 hours later
thank you. I won't take them while trying yo conceive/ pregnant
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Your welcome

Detailed Answer:
Yes, it's probably best not to take it then since we don't know all of the ramifications of doing so.

Best regards,
Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh, MD
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