There’s never a better time to start improving your eating habits than when you are planning a pregnancy, are already pregnant, or are 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 you are pregnant profoundly influence positive fetal and maternal outcomes.
This Isn’t the Time for Weight Loss
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. 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, fiber-rich foods, 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 nutrient-packed food, not just empty calories like those found in fast or fried food, soft drinks, and candy.
It’s also important for a woman to discuss and monitor her weight and nutritional needs with her midwife or doctor throughout the pregnancy. Good nutrition is directly linked to a higher chance of a normal birth weight, an improvement in fetal brain development, and a reduction in the risk of many birth defects (2). 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, and avoiding alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other harmful substances.
Good Nutrition Is Essential
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 Isagenix products while pregnant or breastfeeding.
After pregnancy, and once you have weaned your baby, new moms may benefit from using 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.
Enjoy the New Mom Bundle
For a limited time, new moms can take advantage of the New Mom Bundle, which is filled with products that can help during the transition to the journey of motherhood. It focuses on providing convenient nutrition through the IsaLean® Shakes and Bars, proper hydration with the help of AMPED™ Hydrate, as well as general support for your immune and digestive system through Immune Shake Booster and IsaBiome™ Daily Digestive Health System. Or alternatively, you can purchase precisely the items you would like to get started with a la carte! It simple!
Nutritional Support for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
Isagenix IsaLean Bars
You lose tons of fluids, nutrients, and electrolytes throughout your day. Add physical activity to the mix, and your body can really be at a deficit. The advanced electrolytes in AMPED™ Hydrate are the perfect solution for daily hydration.*
• 10-15 calories and 0 g sugar per serving.
• Electrolytes to replenish what’s lost during physical activity.*
• Vitamins and minerals including zinc, antioxidant vitamin C, and vitamin B complex.
• Superfruit blend including coconut water powder, mango, banana, and ginger root.
• Four thirst-quenching flavors: Lemon Lime, Orange, Blue Raspberry, and Coconut.
• Ages 4 and up.
I recommended starting with the (1) IsaLean Shake, (2) IsaLean Bars as they are so convenient to grab on the go, perhaps some (3) Snacks of your choice to bridge between meals etc., and (4) Hydrate to keep well hydrate to support you during breastfeeding. Any or all of these would be beneficial, so determine what would best fit into your lifestyle and budget to get started! Make sure to select “sign up and save” for 25% off retail pricing.
Dietary Supplements for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
It’s always recommended to consult with your doctor about your dietary supplement use while pregnant and breastfeeding — this includes Isagenix products. While dietary supplements can provide fast and easy nutritional support, it’s always best to make sure they’re appropriate for both mother and baby during this important stage.
Growing a human being inside your body is a very special and sacred time, yet if you are crunched for time and are hungry, it may be tempting to raid the pantry or grab some fast food. Having your favorite nutritious alternatives on hand, like fresh fruits and vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, an IsaLean Shake, or other Isagenix products can make this time a little easier.
National Institute of Health, Dept. of Healthy and Human Services Office on Women’s Health. Bethesda, MD. 2016. http://www.nlm.nih.gov
Division of Birth Defects and Development Disabilities, NCBDDD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Atlanta, GA. 2015
Crawford L, and Senyak S. The New Mom Body Survey: 700 Women Tell It Like It Is. BabyCenter, LLC. San Francisco, CA. 2014
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease