Is It Safe To Detox During Pregnancy?

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Are you thinking of detoxifying the body for a healthy baby? Is pregnancy detox an option at all? Most of the expectant mothers are doing detoxes, considering all the over-the-counter detox programs they have access to these days. But is it safe to do a detox during pregnancy? Read on to find all the answers to your queries.

Detox While Pregnant – A Brief

A detox refers to a diet that uses different nutritional guidelines and herbal supplements to remove toxins from the organs and tissues. Eliminating toxins from your body may seem like a good idea, but in reality it is not. During pregnancy, a woman needs to focus on making a new life, not on splitting the energy between a detox and creating a new life. Continue reading to know more about detox during pregnancy.

Types Of Detox Programs:

There is a wide variety of detox programs. The common ones include:

1. Dietary Detox:

Dietary detox involves eating certain foods and juice for a particular set period.

2. Supplements:

Detox based on supplements requires taking laxatives to stimulate bowel movements and diuretics to encourage urination.

3. Detox Treatments:

Treatments like spa skin wraps and colon irrigation address a specific organ for removing toxins from the body.

Risks Associated With Detox During Pregnancy:

1. Use Of Herbs:

Some detox and cleanse programs include herbs and herbal supplements as part of their diet. Herbs and chemicals may not be safe for your developing fetus. Also, herbs like cilantro and parsley increase the risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy. Hence, before using any herb, make sure you seek the advice of your doctor. Detox while pregnant may not be safe after all.

2. Stirring Of Toxins:

During the process of detoxification, the toxins stir up into the blood and then move out through the colon, kidneys, skin and lungs. The presence of toxins in the blood can be harmful to both the mother and the baby.

3. Dehydration:

Colon irrigation increases the amount of sweating, urination and bowel movement. It is fine under normal circumstances, but not during pregnancy. These things, combined with an increased need for fluids, could lead to dehydration. Dehydration can put you and your child in a dangerous position. It can also cause electrolyte imbalances.

[ Read: Signs Of Dehydration During Pregnancy ]

4. Increases The Levels Of Vitamin C In The Body:

Some detox requires taking high amounts of vitamin C, which can halt the body from making progesterone, a vital hormone for pregnant women.

5. Efficacy:

U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proven that detoxes may not always be effective. It means that, in addition to being potentially dangerous, detoxes are unlikely to remove toxins any better than the body’s excretory system.

6. Lack Of Nutrition:

Dietary detoxes involve eating healthy fruits and vegetables, so you may think that it is safe. However, when you remove one or more food groups from your diet, both you and your child are at a risk of missing essential nutrients from that specific food group. Hence, a detox meal plan is a strict no at this time.

[ Read: Nutritious Food During Pregnancy ]

How To Do A Detox Safely?

Even though a full-blown detox diet is not ideal when you are expecting, you can change your eating habits for better without putting your baby or yourself at risk. Just a few lifestyle changes, a healthy diet and plenty of exercise can help you remove toxins in a safe and effective way. Some safe ways to do detox include:

  • Drink eight glasses of water every day to flush out the toxins from the body through urine, feces, and sweat. Follow a high fiber diet to keep your colon clean. Make sure that you exercise 30 minutes a day to circulate oxygen and nutrients through your body. Eat healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, fat-free dairy, whole grain and healthy fats. Try to purchase organic foods.
  • The best time to do a detox is one year before pregnancy. This way, you will have ample time to rebuild yourself with a nutrient dense diet. You can also consider doing a detox after breastfeeding.

Remember, this is a special time for you. You will get lots of time to detox later. As for now, just enjoy the process of giving birth to another life.

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Ria Saha

Ria is a techie-turned-writer and writes articles on health, with special emphasis on nutrition. She did her B.Tech from West Bengal University of Technology and was previously associated with IBM as SAP ABAP technical consultant. She moved into freelance content writing in 2013 and worked for various websites including MomJunction, Brainpulse Technologies, and Emarketz India.