I hadn’t really intended to talk about pregnancy during this series. But as I keep repeatedly writing in various posts that pregnant women shouldn’t attempt to detox, it occurred to me that it might be helpful to actually discuss why that is. So here we go!
There are exactly two incredibly crucial things to know about pregnancy and detoxing. First, the time for detoxification is BEFORE you get pregnant. Second, It is NEVER recommended to engage in any kind of detoxification while pregnant.
Detoxing before attempting to get pregnant serves multiple purposes:
- Detoxing helps prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy by clearing out any toxins that might negatively impact the health of mother or baby. Done well, it ensures that your body is stocked up on all of the critical resources you’ll need to grow a new human being. It will can also strengthen your elimination pathways, providing a clear route for the flushing of any toxins you may be exposed to while pregnant.
- It boosts your immune system, which is normally weakened by pregnancy. Think of it like cycling extra power to the forward shields when you’re headed into a battle. You know the laser blast is coming, so starting as strong as possible keeps you well protected as long as possible.
- Since you can’t detox (beyond what your body naturally does on a daily basis) while you’re pregnant, it can be a good idea to do so in advance simply because it’s going to be a couple years before you get another chance.
- Most importantly, detoxing can help your body reach its best health. The state of your body when you conceive will impact your child’s health for his/her entire life. Are there things you can do to mitigate those effects later on? Of course. But before conceiving you have a unique and precious window of opportunity to clean up and build up your own system to a place from which you can give your future mini-human the absolute best possible start.
That takes us straight back to our second critical point: NEVER try to detox while pregnant. Why not?
- Detoxing shunts energy from other activities and processes into deep cleaning your body. When you’re pregnant, every ounce of spare energy you have needs to be going into growing your mini-human!
- Detoxing, by definition, pulls toxins out of where they’ve been stored in your body. Detoxing while pregnant creates the risk that those toxins will go into or through the baby, which is bad news!
- When you’re pregnant, your body requires significantly more hydration and nutrients than it normally does. Detoxing further increases those demands, substantially increasing the likelihood that you will find yourself without adequate nutrients and water to properly fuel and protect your health and that of your baby.
- Potential negative impacts of detox ingredients. Unfortunately, there are all kinds of things (such as herbs and spices) that are normally healthy and even beneficial that can be contraindicated during pregnancy. These are hard enough to track in daily life – the last thing you want to do is accidentally get larger-than-is-safe doses through a detox regime!
There – does today’s post make it less irritating to see my constant reminders on not detoxing while pregnant in the rest of the series?