Arbonne and Pregnancy: What You Need to Know

Pregnant woman doing Arbonne's 30 Days to Healthy Living.

Can you do Arbonne while pregnant?

Is a program like Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living safe to do while you’re pregnant? Here’s the scoop:

Taking Arbonne nutrition products while pregnant may pose some health risks for both you and your baby. Some Arbonne Essentials Nutrition products should be okay for you during pregnancy, but the best thing you can do is talk to your doctor before taking any Arbonne supplements.

For many women, they are under strict orders from their doctors to not gain too much weight during pregnancy. Some of those women will look for programs and products to help them keep their weight under control. Maybe for you it’s about having enough energy to get through the day… we all know how tiring and taxing being pregnant is!

When it comes to consuming supplements while pregnant, these products (as well as other products that are considered nutritional supplements) are not analyzed or monitored by the FDA.

That means that you are responsible for your own health considering taking supplements when you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Let’s take a look at some of the details when considering Arbonne and pregnancy.

Make sure you know the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Basic Principles.

Supplement Labeling

You will likely notice throughout your pregnancy that many things like vitamins, minerals, and other supplements all have labels on them regarding pregnancy.

In fact, even some prenatal vitamins, which are specifically designed and marketed for women who are pregnant, will have labels on them that specify for pregnant or lactating women to check with your doctor before consuming.

This seems counter-intuitive, but when you consider that pregnancy is a huge time of change and carries a lot of medical risks for many women, you want to have your own personal doctor or midwife, who is aware of any underlying conditions, to make sure that you’re getting supplements that are safe for you to take.

In other words, they put the labels there to make sure you’re checking in with your doctor.

Typical Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy

The recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy look like this:

Underweight: gain 28-40 pounds
Normal Weight: gain 25-35 pounds
Overweight: gain 15-25 pounds

Here’s where the extra weight comes from:

  • Baby = about 8 pounds
  • Placenta 2-3 pounds
  • Amniotic Fluid 2-3 pounds
  • Breast tissue 2-3 pounds
  • Blood supply = 4 pounds
  • Stored fat for delivery and breastfeeding = 5-9 pounds
  • Uterus enlargement = 2-5 pounds

The total is 25-35 pounds.

Many women want to participate in the Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living program to stop unwanted weight gain during pregnancy. But using Arbonne while pregnant could have unwanted consequences, depending on the product you want to use.

So follow the guide below to help you determine if using a certain Arbonne product in pregnancy is safe or not.

Arbonne and Pregnancy

There is one label that goes on all of these products below. The bottom line is:

Always check with your doctor.

A little louder for those in the back:

ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR.

No ifs, ands, or buts. If it has a label on it, make sure it’s safe for you personally. Don’t gamble with your health or your baby’s health.

Now that’s been established, here’s a bit of a guide to get you started:

This may be safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.

This is probably unsafe. Definitely talk to your doctor before consuming this.

I’ve tried to include the labels for the products that I currently have in my home so that you can read exactly what the label says regarding pregnancy and breastfeeding before purchasing any products.

Remember, this does not constitute nutritional advice, and you should only get advice regarding your consumption of these products from your midwife or doctor.

ARBONNE PRODUCTS

Arbonne Protein Powder and Pregnancy

Arbonne Essentials Protein Powder
Arbonne Protein Shake Mix Warning Label for Pregnant Women, Reads: People with known medical conditions and pregnant or lactating women should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements.
Arbonne Protein Powder Note for Pregnant Women

Anything with a generic supplement label that reads something like “People with known medical conditions and pregnant or lactating women should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements” may be generally safe for you. However, there are a couple ingredients to consider before deciding that this is okay.

Arbonne’s protein powder is made from a blend of vegan protein sources (pea, cranberry, and rice) and includes things like extra fiber, a little added sugar, and a multivitamin blend. It also includes ginseng root and folic acid.

Here’s why these are bad. Ginseng is not considered generally safe for pregnancy because there are studies that compounds in Ginseng led to abnormalities in studies done on lab rats. That’s enough to convince me to pass on the protein shakes while pregnant.

Folic acid IS important in pregnancy. However, many women’s bodies don’t absorb the synthetic version of this important B vitamin. You may have heard of the MTHFR gene mutation. Up to a third of women carry this gene mutation and cannot synthesize Folic Acid.

If you’re relying on the vitamins in Arbonne products as your prenatal vitamin, you’ll be missing out on one of the most important nutrients that your baby needs for development.

Even if you know for sure that you don’t have the MTHFR gene mutation, the ginseng in this product makes me question whether or not I’d want to take this while pregnant.

RESULT
May be unsafe. Please check with your doctor before consuming.

Arbonne Fizz Sticks and Pregnancy

Arbonne Essentials Energy Fizz Sticks Pomegranate Flavor Dietary Supplement.
OLD Arbonne Fizz Stick Label: "Do Not Use if pregnant or breastfeeding."
OLD Fizz Stick Label and Warning
New Arbonne Fizz Stick Pregnancy Label: "Pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with a medical condition, and those taking medication should consult with a healthcare professional before use."
NEW Fizz Stick Label and Warning

Personally, I’m concerned that the old label on Arbonne Fizz Sticks said “Don’t take this” and the new one says “Please consult your doctor.”

Was this due to a change in ingredients? A change in procedures for labeling supplements? Better research done on pregnancy and the ingredients in the Fizz sticks?

It’s hard to know for sure.

And of course, Arbonne Fizz sticks also have Ginseng in them, which, as mentioned above, can potentially cause abnormalities in embryos. Perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch, especially if you’re already in the third trimester, but it’s not too long to cut out your Fizz Sticks.

Personally, I wouldn’t risk this one.

RESULT
May be unsafe. Please check with your doctor before consuming.

Arbonne Greens Balance

Arbonne Essentials Greens Balance
Arbonne Greens Balance Warning Label: "People with known medical conditions and pregnant or lactating women should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements."
Arbonne Greens Balance Note for Pregnant Women

With dehydrated food blends like spirulina, raspberry, bell pepper, kale, and all colors of fruits and veggies, this product is most likely safe to consume during pregnancy. I did not find anything in this product that was a red flag to avoid during pregnancy.

Remember though, when there’s a label, it means you should check with your doctor.

RESULT
Probably safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.

Arbonne Digestion Plus

Arbonne Essentials Digestion Plus
Arbonne Digestion Plus Label: "People with known medical conditions and pregnant or lactating women should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements."
Arbonne Digestion Plus Note about Pregnancy

Probiotics are considered generally safe during pregnancy. Prebiotics are also considered safe.

However, Digestion Plus has a lot of other compounds of course.

Ginger: can aid with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy.

Chamomile: This may have good benefits during pregnancy, but it can stimulate contractions. So pregnant women are generally advised to not have too much. One digestion plus has 50 mg of chamomile.

In one study, chamomile was used to induce labor in post-term pregnancy by taking 1000 mg every 2 hours for 8 hours, which is a total of 4000 mg of chamomile over 8 hours. 50 mg of chamomile is 1.25% of 4000 mg. I’m not saying that that small amount can’t potentially induce labor, but that’s a very small percentage.

It is also worth noting that the particular strain of bacteria used in Arbonne’s Digestion plus is particularly good at treating diarrhea, but can exacerbate constipation. If you suffer from constipation during pregnancy (as many women do) you may want to avoid this particular probiotic.

Read more about Arbonne’s Digestion plus here.

RESULT
Possibly unsafe, so check with your doctor to be sure.

Arbonne Detox Tea while Pregnancy

Arbonne Detox Tea Box and Single Use Tea Bag
Arbonne Detox Tea Warning Label for Pregnant Women: Pregnant or lactating women and people with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements.
Arbonne Detox Tea Warning Label for Pregnant Women

Arbonne detox tea has the following herbs:

  • Milk Thistle fruit
  • Peppermint leaf
  • Dandelion root
  • Sweet Fennel fruit
  • Elder flower
  • Nettle leaf
  • Parsley leaf
  • Uva Ursi leaf
  • Licorice root

Of these roots, leaves, fruits, and flowers, only peppermint and licorice stand out as potential problems during pregnancy.

Peppermint has been linked to premature labor and women are advised to avoid peppermint during pregnancy.

Licorice root has been linked to negative effects during pregnancy. Consuming licorice root during pregnancy has a higher rate of miscarriage, preterm labor, impairment of the placenta, potential low cognitive function, potential risk of ADHD, and even risk of testicular abnormalities in boys.

Keep in mind that the amount and potency of licorice is likely very small, that there may not have any effect on your baby’s health. But if you’ve had some Arbonne Detox tea while pregnant, I personally certainly wouldn’t drink any more. Check with your doctor or midwife to get her opinion to give you more specifics about whether you’re okay drinking this.

RESULT
May be unsafe. Please check with your doctor before consuming.

Arbonne Ginger Green Tea

This one also has licorice. (See above).

RESULT
May be unsafe. Please check with your doctor before consuming.

Arbonne Bio-Hydria Tea

This label says: “Pregnant or breastfeeding women and people with known medical conditions should consult with a physician prior to taking supplements.”

This tea has Chamomile, Rosemary, and Thyme. Please see Digestion Plus above for information about Chamomile.

Rosemary is best to avoid during pregnancy. It can cause or exacerbate high blood pressure.

RESULT
May be unsafe. Please check with your doctor before consuming.

Arbonne Skin Elixir and Pregnancy

Arbonne Healthy Skin Within Skin Elixir Collagen Builder with Hyaluronic Acid Acai Flavor
Arbonne Skin Elixir Note for Pregnant Women
Arbonne Skin Elixir Note for Pregnant Women

Arbonne’s Skin Elixir may not be suitable for use during pregnancy. Here are the ingredients of the Skin Elixir:

  • Sea buckthorn root
  • Gotu kola
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Monterey Pine

There is not enough information on sea buckthorn to prove that it is safe during pregnancy.

Hyaluronic acid is another that does not have enough information or research to prove that it is safe. (Although, it is thought to be safe when used topically.)

Gotu kola is another supplement that is thought to be safe when used topically, but should be avoided when taken orally.

Pine extract may be safe, but again, not enough information to know for sure.

RESULT
May be unsafe. Please check with your doctor before consuming.

Arbonne Fiber

Fiber during pregnancy is considered a good thing. It can help prevent hemorrhoids and it can keep your digestive system regular.

Pregnancy hormones tend to slow our digestive systems down and women frequently get constipated during pregnancy. Be sure to get foods that are high in fiber as well, and drink plenty of water.

RESULT
Probably safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.

Arbonne Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3s are thought of as good during pregnancy. There is nothing that signals a red flag for this product.

RESULT
Probably safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.

Arbonne Mind Health

Arbonne Mind Health has CoEnzyme Q10 and Grapeseed Extract. Grapeseed extract does not have enough research to determine its effects on pregnancy.

RESULT
May not be safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.

Arbonne Multivitamin

Arbonne’s multivitamin has a moderate amount of vitamins and not technically a prenatal vitamin.

Please be aware also that the folic acid in this product is synthetic, therefore, women with the MTHFR gene mutation should not take this as it will not be a sufficient source of folate, which is an important nutrient in the development of your fetus.

RESULT
May or may not be safe, but check with your doctor to be sure.

Following Eating and Nutritional Guidelines in the 30 Days to Healthy Living from Arbonne While Pregnant

Make sure you first learn more about Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living Cleanse.

This is the only part of Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living that I can say: YES, eating healthy in pregnancy comes highly recommended.

Arbonne advocates eating whole foods including veggies (50% of your plate), protein (25%), and healthy carbs (25%).

Healthy eating with a focus on nutritious, whole foods is well supported during pregnancy.

Put an emphasis on real food, NOT food-like products. I’m talking avocados, berries, seeds, fish, greens, pineapple, coconut, olive oil, nuts, or free-range organic meats. The more nutrients your body takes in from the food you’re eating, the less it has to rely on supplements.

Keep in mind that pregnant women typically need more calories than non-pregnant women. It is generally recommended NOT to limit your calories, but, yes, eat healthy snacks like carrots and hummus, or an apple with almond butter. If you’re going to limit your calories while pregnant because you started your pregnancy overweight, you should do so with your doctor’s oversight.

Intermittent fasting is generally NOT supported in pregnancy.

Sample 30 Days to Healthy Living While Pregnant

If I was going to do Arbonne’s 30 Days to Healthy Living while pregnant, here’s how I’d do it:

  • tell my doctor my plan, bring product sheets for the doctor or midwife to look over
  • follow the clean eating guidelines
  • substitute a fruit and green smoothie (fruit, veggies, almond butter, NO protein, YES Greens Balance, YES Fiber) as one meal
  • follow the fitness guidelines with any restrictions given by your doctor
  • follow the stress reduction guidelines
  • ADD Arbonne Omega 3s
  • ADD prenatal vitamin (here is the prenatal vitamin I took and LOVED)
  • ADD Red-Raspberry Leaf tea (only in the third trimester), which, anecdotally, is said to help you have a faster, easier labor.

Save the protein, detox tea, fizz sticks, and/or 7-day cleanse for after you are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding.

My Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living Review
Arbonne 30 Days to Healthy Living While Breastfeeding

Conclusion

Remember, this information is meant to serve as a guide and a starting place, but it does not take into account your own personal nutritional needs or potential things to avoid. Any medications you are on could have interactions with the Arbonne products (and could potentially harm your baby).

I never advocate that any woman consume any product with a label without first checking with her doctor to make sure there won’t be any adverse side-effects.

When you are pregnant, your health and your baby’s health are the number one concern. Always talk to your doctor before taking any supplements, and that goes for Arbonne nutrition products and pregnancy as well.

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