By Andrea Frank Henkart, M.A., Certified Nutritional Counselor
Pregnancy and breastfeeding can be very nutritionally demanding for any woman. The body needs enough nutrients daily to support the growth of the baby and the maintenance of the mother’s body. All the nourishment your developing baby needs comes from your body, either through the foods you eat or the supplements you take. The quality of your diet during pregnancy has 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 an additional 300 calories each day to support the growth of the baby (1). But not all calories are equal. Your baby needs healthy foods that are packed with nutrients, not “empty calories” like those found in fast or fried food, soft drinks, candies, and desserts.
The 40 weeks of pregnancy can be a magical time. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy, as well as before and after, is crucial for both mommy and baby. Important steps to a healthy pregnancy and postpartum experience include eating a balanced diet; gaining the right amount of weight; enjoying regular physical activity; taking a vitamin and mineral supplement when recommended by a physician or midwife; and avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and other harmful substances.
It is important for a woman to discuss and monitor her weight and nutritional needs with her doctor throughout the pregnancy. Good nutrition is directly linked to a higher chance of a normal birth weight, improving fetal brain development, and reducing the risk of many birth defects (2). The following list of Isagenix super foods may be incorporated into a pregnant or breastfeeding mom’s diet (with your healthcare provider’s cooperation):
IsaLean Shakes and Bars: Pregnant women need an increase in calories, vitamins, minerals, protein, amino acids, trace elements, fiber and enzymes. Pair these super nutrients in the products with lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh organic fruits and vegetables to make sure you’re getting enough calories and nutrients for your baby to grow and develop.
Fiber Snacks™, Whey Thins™, SlimCakes®, Isagenix Snacks™: These delicious guilt-free indulgences help to curb cravings, support digestive and heart health, and offer a healthy dose of fiber and/or protein.
Mars Venus Wellness Solution™: The three-part Mars Venus Wellness System includes a nutritional shake, a lemon drink full of prebiotics, and mineral supplements. Ask your healthcare practitioner to monitor you while you use this complete system.
AMPED™ Hydrate: This drink powder contains vitamins A, C, B-complex, electrolytes and nutrients lost during stress and exercise. It’s natural fuel without caffeine or stimulants.
FiberPro™: Adds 5 grams of flavorless, easily dissolved fiber and prebiotics to support your gut. May be helpful for regularity and digestion, especially while pregnant.
Isamune With Zinc®: With natural immune supporting ingredients like zinc, echinacea, and hormone-free, USDA dairy certified bovine colostrum, this spray is healthy for the whole family and tastes great.
Multi-Enzyme Complex™: Helps to improve your body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from foods and supplements while easing common digestive problems such as gas, bloating, indigestion, and heartburn.
Isagenix Fruits: 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.
C-Lyte®: Antioxidant protection that helps keep your body in peak health and provides immune support.
IsaKids Essentials: Contains 100 percent of the recommended daily amount of 16 essential vitamins and minerals kids need, and 400 mcg of folic acid that pregnant and nursing moms can also use. (Complete Essentials™ or IsaKids Essentials should not replace a prenatal supplement recommended by your doctor. Check with your doctor to see if you need an additional prenatal supplement.)
IsaOmega™: A pure and advanced supplement with a pleasant lemon flavor. Vital in the last trimester when the baby takes all that it needs from your body to properly develop.
Isagenix Pain Relief™ Cream: Combines natural menthol and methyl salicylate to provide cooling and immediate relief followed by deeper heat that helps relax sore, tense muscles.
Rejuvity Skincare System: The seven-step skincare system is scientifically formulated to invigorate your skin with the ultimate experience in hydration, illumination, and rejuvenation. Rejuvity cleanses and replenishes from the outside in.
On the other hand, what’s not recommended while pregnant or breastfeeding includes Cleanse Days. New moms need a regular intake of sufficient calories to ensure a healthy production of milk. In addition, other Isagenix products that contain herbal ingredients and Adaptogens, including Cleanse for Life, Ionix Supreme, IsaDelight Plus, Brain and Sleep Support, IsaGenesis, Isagenix Greens, Natural Accelerator, CytoActives, and e+, to name a few, should be avoided(3). However, after pregnancy, and once you have weaned your baby, new moms can benefit from using Isagenix products to release any unwanted baby weight.
New moms should not pressure themselves into snapping back to their pre-pregnancy bodies 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). The complete Isagenix system, plus a diet of healthy proteins, fruits, and vegetables can certainly help once you are ready to lose that extra baby weight, regain your focus, and increase your memory. Be gentle with yourself and give yourself time — your overall health and happiness can influence just how happy your baby is now and in the future.
- Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Washington D.C. 2010. Womenshealth.gov.
- Bendich A, Deckelbaum RJ. Preventative Nutrition: The Comprehensive Guide for Health Professionals. Humana Press, NJ. 2010
- Henkart AF. Isagenix for Healthy Moms and Kids. Sound Concepts, UT. 2011.
- Crawford L and Senyak S. The New Mom Body Survey: 700 Women Tell It Like It Is. BabyCenter, LLC, San Francisco. 2014.
About Andrea Frank Henkart
Andrea Frank Henkart has two teaching credentials from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Family Psychology. She has more than 35 years of experience as a Certified Holistic Health Educator, and Certified Nutritional Counselor. An internationally recognized authority on family health, she is the author of eight books, including two bestsellers: Cool Communication: From Conflict to Cooperation for Parents and Kids, (which is endorsed by Oprah!) and co-written with her daughter, Journey, and Isagenix for Healthy Moms and Kids. She’s also the author of our newest brochure, Isagenix for Kids! Andrea has been featured on hundreds of radio and television shows internationally, including the Oprah Winfrey Show. She is fondly known in Isagenix as the “Resident Family Expert.” Andrea is the proud mother of two adult children, loves to travel the globe, is building swing sets in the impoverished schools in Southern Belize and is involved in other philanthropic endeavors. She is passionate about helping families create health and harmony at home.