Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Detoxing

Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Detoxing

It is not recommended for a woman to detoxify her body while pregnant and/or breastfeeding.

The first trimester is Nature’s appointed time frame of detoxifying the female body in preparation of holding a fetus. Many women experience morning sickness during this time period. It is most common for so-called ‘morning sickness’ to occur in the morning time because this is the time that the body expels from all the detoxification that takes place at night during sleep hours.

Based upon the foregoing, pregnant women do not need to detox or perform a detox regimen or program (i.e. Full Body Cleanse). However, they may simply drink herbal tea that facilitates gentle cleansing of the body, i.e. Dherbs.Com “Full Body Cleanse Tea.”

Pregnant women should instead concentrate on developing a strong uterus and cervix and providing the body and the developing baby nourishment during the First Trimester and this can be done with the use of herbs and consuming plenty of fruits, vegetables (including fruit and vegetable juice), nuts and seeds.

So during the first three months (and actually, all 9 months) of pregnancy don’t concentrate on detoxing; concentrate on nourishment (minerals, trace elements, vitamins, B-vitamins, amino acids, etc.).

The uterus is a female’s sixth eliminative channel. Certain detoxing herbs can cause the uterus to expel toxins and may stimulate uterine contractions while the fetus is still developing. Too many of these contractions could induce a miscarriage. This is why pregnant women are advised to avoid consuming herbs with oxytocic or parturient (uterine-contracting) effects.

So just eat plenty of organic raw fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts and drink plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juice and water while pregnant (all 9 months) and you will be providing your body with cleansing material as well as nourishment. Do not worry about or focus on detoxing while pregnant, but instead, only focus on nutrition.

Breastfeeding and Detoxing

While breastfeeding, do not concentrate on detoxifying the body. Continue to focus on nutrition because that’s what the growing baby needs.

Even though the woman may be thinking about detoxing (because of some apparent disease, i.e. genital herpes, HPV, etc.) the body is concerned with nourishing the baby and the mother first and foremost.

And again, many foods (including herbs) have a cleansing effect due to their alkaline nature or makeup. So if a breastfeeding woman eats right while breastfeeding, she and the baby will receive healing, cleansing, and nourishment simultaneously.

The breasts are not eliminative channels so the body would never allow the source for baby food to become a cleansing channel, especially if a baby was nurturing on the breasts. Even if a woman did consume detoxifying herbs (i.e. herbal bitters) she would not expel toxins via her breasts because her body would block such activity for the breastfeeding baby’s sake and send the toxins to one of the six eliminative channels in a woman’s body, i.e. liver, colon, lungs, kidneys, skin, and uterus.

Remember, breast milk is totally dependent upon what you consume and are made up of as a woman. If you drink beer, it will find its way to the breasts. The body is not detoxing; it is merely sending to the breasts what’s in the bloodstream.

So a pregnant woman can most definitely take herbs while breastfeeding, but they should be the right kinds of herbs, i.e. mild/gentle cleansing herbs such as chickweed and sarsaparilla as well as galactagogue herbs that help increase and enhance the flow of breast milk.

So in closing, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not cleanse or detox. Wait until the baby no longer feeds on the breasts and then begin your cleansing.

And if you really feel the need to perform a cleanse while pregnant or during breastfeeding months, make sure the cleanse or detox program is in liquid form (i.e., tea, tincture/extract).

Oxytocic (uterine-contracting) herbs

Oxytocic and parturient herbs can be taken during the last month (and especially the last week) of pregnancy for pregnancy facilitation purposes.

  • Beth or Birth Root
  • Black Cohosh
  • Black Haw
  • Blue Cohosh
  • Canada Snakeroot
  • Crampbark
  • Pennyroyal
  • Rue
  • Squawvine Solutions

First Trimester

Second Trimester

Third Trimester

Abstain From the Following Cleanses while Pregnant:



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