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Is It Safe to Detox While Pregnant? Foods and Supplements to Include and Avoid When You’re Expecting

Posted May 28 2012 10:22am
Written by Tera on May 28, 2012 – -

by Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo

One of the great things about sending us questions is that it gives us an opportunity to not only answer you, but also to share the answer with many who might be wondering the same things!

I’d like to share with you an important question I received and our reply concerning pregnancy and detox.

Pregnancy, Health, and Detox


Last week I found out that I am pregnant, and I am not sure that it is safe to continue [the detox program].  All of my supplements say not to take if pregnant.  What should I do?


Hi Crystal,

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

You’ve given your baby a good start by cleaning up your diet and providing a rich source of nutrition during the program so far.

While intense cleansing is not recommended during pregnancy, there are many principles and practices of the Deep Tissue Detox that you can continue and that will help you to deliver a healthy baby.

General Guidelines for Pregnancy and DetoxAvoid under-eating.  Now’s not the time to drop unwanted pounds.

Avoid intense cleanse days – juice  or water fasts are not a good idea during pregnancy, but continuing to drink lots of fresh veggie juice and green smoothies  is a great way to provide nutrition for your baby and for you.

Avoid strong detox herbs and supplements and anything that stimulates intestinal movement —i.e. intestinal movement, intestinal draw.  I’ve listed all the things to stop down below.

Use the general menu guidelines and supplement your diet with slightly more fat – i.e. larger servings of chia, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds (excellent due to your higher need for zinc), along with soaked almonds, avocado, and coconut – this will slow the detox and provide fuel for your growing baby.  Limit yourself to only one smoothie as one of your meals per day, unless you have nausea or indigestion, so that you keep up your calorie needs.

Continue to exercise, engage in emotional detox, stay hydrated, and eat lots of greens. Also, feel totally comfortable including lots of smoothies and juices in your diet!

These foods enhance detox and can be comfortably used during pregnancy:

  • Slippery elm
  • Vitamineral green
  • Blue green algae
  • Sun warrior or warrior food protein powder
  • Glutamine
  • Probiotics
  • Enzymes
  • Marshmallow
  • Chia and all the rest of the omega 3 fats
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella
  • Quercitin
  • Pomegranate or any other fruit powders
  • Pregnancy Health and FoodBurdock Root – has a high concentration of vitamins and minerals and is a liver booster

    Chamomile – lifts the spirits and calms the nerves, used for digestive disorders during pregnancy, is combined with ginger to help morning sickness, and has a high calcium content as well as an anti-inflammatory aid

    Dandelion – greens and root – a high source of vitamins and minerals, aids digestion, nourishes and tones the system, diuretic, useful for fatigue and exhaustion, liver booster

    Ginger Root – used for morning sickness and digestive problems, safe during pregnancy for treating colds, sore throats, and congestion

    Kelp – high in vitamins and minerals, aids thyroid

    Nettle Leaf – rich in many vitamins and minerals, especially iron, so it is very useful for those suffering from chronic fatigue and exhaustion due to low iron, aids in enriching and stimulating flow of milk; good for use throughout all stages of the pregnancy

    Spirulina – high in vitamins and nutrients

  • Intestinal draw 

  • Intestinal movement
  • Parasite cleanse
  • Earth
  • Ultraclear products
  • Aloe
  • Any other intestinal stimulants
  • Enemas
  • The following is another general “Avoid during Pregnancy”  and “Limit”  list:

    We hope you feel comfortable moving forward on a stable and healthy path as you enjoy the excitement of your pregnancy!

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