Whether you're pregnant or not, adequate protein in your diet is an important ingredient to overall health. Its an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin and blood. Things like hair and nails are almost all protein! Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues as well as to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals.
However, unlike your body's other macronutrients such as fat and carbohydrates, you don't store protein, therefore don't have a reservoir to draw from when needed. So, whether it's through meats, nuts, beans and such or supplementation, we need a consistent supply of protein to keep our bodies fueled properly.
When pregnant, the first trimester may bring many challenges when having to face each day of fatigue and nausea, and with an ever changing but limited diet during that time nutrient deficiencies become a concern. When nothing seems to be appealing - especially meat related - it is a good opportunity to try more a refreshing and customizable option such as making smoothies, with added protein powder in order to ensure adequate protein intake for your energy reserves. Continuing into the pregnancy, taste buds will improve and this can always offer further support when needed.