Nutrition for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Moms

eating healthy foodSeptember 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).

See the complete article here.

99 Percent of Pregnant Women in U.S. Test Positive for Multiple Chemicals — Including Banned Ones

Posted By Dr. Mercola | February 05 2011

Virtually all pregnant women in the U.S. carry multiple chemicals in their bodies. This chemical load includes some banned since the 1970’s, as well as others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products.

A new study marks the first time that the number of chemicals to which pregnant women are exposed has been counted.

Researchers analyzed data for more than 160 chemicals and detected polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), phenols, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate in 99 to 100 percent of pregnant women.

Science Daily reports:

“Among the chemicals found in the study group were PBDEs, compounds used as flame retardants now banned in many states including California, and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), an organochlorine pesticide banned in the United States in 1972.”

Sources:

Environmental Health Perspectives January 14, 2011

 

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Infertility and nutrition

Nutrition; before, during and after pregnancy is the key to female health.

I discussed infertility recently with a beautiful young lady. She and her husband have not been able to have children. She has sought help from an infertility doctor. I asked her if the doctor ever asked her what her diet was. I was not surprised then she said he has not asked her about her diet.

I’m not a doctor and I don’t know the first thing about infertility. But I know nutrition.  I’m sure her doctor is very skillful and sincere but it could be possible that he is “sincerely wrong”.

According to Selene Yeager and the Editors of Prevention Health Books in The Doctors Book of Food Remedies indicated regarding infertility:

There are several common habits that interfere with the ability of a couple to conceive:

1. Caffeine, or at least the drinking of 5 cups of coffee in the day, reduced the likelihood of conceiving by 2 1/2 times in women.

2. Women who drank more than 1 drink per day were 60% more likely to be infertile, and 1 drink a day reduced the likelihood by 30%.

3. Sperm motility in men is influenced by zinc. That’s why Casanova had oysters before amour.

4. Vitamin C, 1,000 mg per day, improved sperm numbers that were viable and helped the sperm ‘pick up speed.’ Vitamin C is especially important if the man is a smoker.

I believe the body is such a miracle and if it can become healthy through nutrition, exercise and rest, it can be the miracle that it was intended to be. Stan Gardner, MD said, “The possible causes of infertility are legion, but it is a shame if simple healthy measures that could make a difference are ignored.”

I’ve seen so many people experience substantial health gain by just consuming a healthy organic diet with the consumption of Isagenix® super food. When you boost your body’s immune system then it can become the miracle.