By Andrea Frank Henkart, MA, CNC
There’s never a better time to start improving your eating habits than when you are planning a pregnancy, already pregnant, or breastfeeding. Good nutrition is important for your baby, and it’s best for both mom and dad to have a healthy, nutritious diet before deciding to start a family. The choices you make and what you eat every day that you are pregnant have a profound influence on positive fetal and maternal outcomes.
This is not the time to diet or cleanse your body. Most pregnant and lactating women need, on average, an additional 300 calories each day to support the growth of the baby and ensure healthy milk production (1). But not all calories are created equal. In order to consume and absorb the amount of nutrients required for pregnancy, it’s important to eat as many nutrient-dense foods as possible such as leafy green vegetables, food rich in fiber, whole grains, and lean protein. All the nourishment your developing baby needs comes from your body, either through the food you eat or the supplements you take. You and your growing family need food packed with nutrients, not just “empty calories” like those found in fast or fried food, soft drinks, and candy.
For busy moms and families, Isagenix has convenient, easy-to-use solutions that may help simplify your life. The safe, high-quality, nutritional products are infused with essential vitamins, botanicals, and other natural ingredients that may benefit busy moms. Isagenix conforms to Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and the specific rules and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration (3). With your healthcare practitioner’s consideration and approval, you may use many of the Isagenix products while pregnant or breastfeeding.
After pregnancy, and once you have weaned your baby, new moms may benefit from using all of the Isagenix products to release unwanted baby weight and regain energy. Don’t pressure yourself into snapping back to your prepregnancy body too quickly. It’s possible to regain your old muscle tone, or even develop tone you never had before, no matter how old you are, but it takes time (4). A complete Isagenix System, plus a healthy diet including proteins, fruits, and vegetables will help once you are ready to release that extra baby weight and increase your energy.
The following list of Isagenix products may be incorporated into a pregnant or breastfeeding mom’s diet. Please check with your healthcare provider before using any products or modifying your diet and ensure your healthcare provider is monitoring your progress.
IsaLean® Shakes, IsaPro®, IsaLean Shake Dairy-Free, IsaLean Bar, IsaLean Bar Dairy-Free
Pregnant women need an increase in calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids, trace elements, fiber, and enzymes. Pairing the nutrients in an Isagenix IsaLean Shake or IsaLean Bar with your regular meals is one way to help ensure you are getting calories and nutrients for you and your developing baby. Although these products are designed for controlling calories and for replacing meals, these products should never be used as meal replacements or for weight loss during pregnancy.
Fiber Snacks™, Whey Thins™, Slim Cakes®, Isagenix Snacks™
These delicious guilt-free indulgences help to satisfy cravings and provide your body with dietary fiber and/or protein. These are nutritious, easy, grab-and-go alternatives to typical unhealthy snacks. They can also be used to complement a nutritious diet.
Mars Venus Wellness Solution™
The three-part Mars Venus Wellness System includes a nutritional shake, a lemon drink full of prebiotics, and a mineral supplement that may also be beneficial. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting this system, and ask your healthcare practitioner to monitor you while you use this complete system.
This drink powder contains electrolytes, nutrients, and vitamins A, C, and B-complex. It is a great source of fuel without caffeine or stimulants. It makes great popsicles or ice chips too.
Adds 5 grams of flavorless, easily dissolved fiber and prebiotics to support your gut. Additional fiber may be helpful for regularity and digestion, especially while pregnant.
Isamune With Zinc®
With immune-supporting ingredients like zinc, Echinacea, and hormone-free USDA dairy-certified bovine colostrum, this spray is convenient for the entire family and tastes great.
This broad-spectrum digestive enzyme product helps to support your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from food and supplements while easing common digestive problems such as gas, bloating, indigestion, and heartburn.†
Isagenix Fruits™ is a great source of phytonutrients, with 1 gram of sugar per serving. This fruit-filled powder contains ingredients from over 30 premium fruits and complements your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
Energizing vitamin C combined with citrus bioflavonoids and quercetin help maintain overall health and provide immune support.† Vitamin C supports collagen synthesis for maintaining healthy blood vessels, joints, and skin. One capsule of C-Lyte contains 520 mg of nonacidic, buffered vitamin C, which is equivalent to drinking more than five cups of orange juice.