September was National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and a perfect time to talk about when nutrition for a child really begins—in the mother’s womb. The following is a repeat from the Isagenix Health blog that answers questions specific to women using Isagenix and general nutrition outside of Isagenix.
Evidence continues to grow that the nutritional choices a woman makes when expecting can influence a baby’s likelihood of being healthy as they grow older. Sound nutrition is of utmost importance for an expectant mom and her baby. Reasonably, many women turn to Isagenix and ask if the products are a good fit during pregnancy, and then during breastfeeding after the baby is born.
In a previous article, Ina Nozek DC, MS, CCN, best summarized the answer to this question, “Pregnancy and/or lactation are not the time to focus on weight loss. You’ll need calories to gain healthy amounts of weight for your baby, so it is not the time to cut down.”
Isagenix strongly recommends that a woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding discuss any dietary changes with her personal physician, because these are delicate times for mother and child. With the qualification of a personal physician’s approval, and that they not replace general dietary recommendations, the following is a list of products that may be incorporated into a woman’s diet during pregnancy or breastfeeding:
- IsaLean Shakes, Bars, and Soups can complement a healthy diet, but are not to be used as meal replacements. Pair with lean proteins, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables to make sure you are getting enough calories and nutrients for your baby to grow and develop.
- FiberSnacks and SlimCakes can help supply extra fiber to support heart health and regularity
- FiberPro can be added to soups, shakes, or yogurts to increase fiber in the diet
- IsaPro as supplemental protein to be used in smoothies, baked goods, or other recipes
- IsaCrunch as a snack or to be added to yogurts and salads
Once again, as Dr. Nozek has explained, because pregnant women have increased calorie and nutrient needs during pregnancy, the shakes and other products should not be considered as meal replacements during pregnancy, but as additional foods incorporated into an already healthy and calorie-sufficient diet.
During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to listen to a physician’s advice on supplements such as recommendations for a qualified purified fish oil supplement, which is important for healthy brain development. Because pregnant and breastfeeding moms have special nutrient needs, supplements including Essentials for Women should also not replace physician-prescribed prenatal supplements.
In addition, any products containing botanicals including Cleanse for Life, Ionix Supreme, Product B, Brain Boost & Renewal, IsaFruits, Isagenix Greens, and Natural Accelerator should be avoided because they include ingredients that have not yet been studied well in pregnant or breastfeeding women. The recent launches of Product B and the Brain & Sleep Support System have stimulated new questions about their safety in both pregnancy and breastfeeding women. These should be avoided for lack of safety studies of ingredients in these populations.
After pregnancy, weight loss is usually a top concern for new mothers. Enter Isagenix to the rescue! Hundreds of women have shared their success stories of how they arrived at their pre-pregnancy weight in record time using Isagenix products. New mothers can use any of the products listed above and more.
However, the company strongly advises avoidance of performing “Cleanse Days” for breastfeeding moms because they need a regular intake of sufficient calories to ensure a healthy production of milk. In addition, other products on the 30-day system containing herbal ingredients—including Cleanse for Life, Ionix Supreme, Natural Accelerator, and IsaFlush—should be avoided because of lack of safety studies during breastfeeding.
Lastly, we highly encourage pregnant and breastfeeding women consult a couple of other excellent resources for general dietary and supplemental advice. The USDA’s MyPyramid Plan for Moms website offers plenty of information about nutritional needs of pregnant and breastfeeding women. In addition, our own Andrea Henkart, MA, CNC offers her wonderful book serving to support new mothers on Isagenix products, Isagenix For Healthy Moms and Kids (see a modified excerpt here).