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How To Detox Your Body Before Pregnancy

Planning a pregnancy may sound easy on paper but it comes with a heavy responsibility that is seldom acknowledged. Pregnancy takes a toll on your physical and mental health in a number of ways which is exactly why it’s so important to prepare your body for it. One way to do this is by making mindful changes to your diet and taking measures to detox your body.

The Controversy Around Detox Diets

By definition, detoxification is the process of eliminating toxins and other noxious substances from the body. Physiologically, our liver functions as the major detoxification organ and helps to remove harmful substances in the body.

Detox diets, on the other hand, claim to remove toxins through eating certain foods, particularly leafy greens. This diet has been met with considerable criticism and controversy in recent times, with some experts calling detoxification a myth altogether.

While it may be true that detox diets don’t actually remove toxins from the body, they are still healthy diets that can benefit women in their pre-pregnancy state. From boosting the immune system to supplying an ample amount of vitamins and minerals for the healthy development of the baby, detoxing the body is, indeed, a great way to gear up for a pregnancy.

How Can You Detox Your Body?

The internet is swamped with detox diet plans and options, but not everything is backed up by science. Here are some proven detox ways to reach a healthy pre-pregnancy state:

#1: Switch to An Organic Diet

Organic food is slowly becoming a rare sight in grocery stores. If you can get your hands on natural, organic produce, now’s the right time to stock up and include it in your diet. Organic foods might not be the most appetizing, but they are loaded with nutrients that you may not be able to get from any other type of food.

Folic acid and vitamin B12 are important nutrients that should be started during the pregnancy planning phase. Experts recommend starting folic acid supplements two months prior to conception. Although most women will choose to obtain their folic acid supply from pharmacy-bought supplements, getting these vitamins from a natural source may be more fruitful and effective.

Leafy green vegetables are a rich source of folic acid, whereas proteins are rich with vitamin B12. A deficiency of folic acid is much more common because our body cannot store this important vitamin for a long period of time. That’s exactly why women who are planning a pregnancy are encouraged to replenish their folic acid stores before they conceive.

Low folic acid levels can result in neural tube defects in the baby. This, if severe, can affect the normal development of the spine and brain.

#2: Limit Your Caffeine Intake

If you’re a latte addict, we’ve got some bad news for you. Caffeine in any form, be it coffee or tea, can affect your baby’s health so it is recommended to limit your intake of it. A maximum of 200 mg a day is allowed; anything more than that can result in a low birth weight of your baby.

Because caffeine can be an addiction, it’s a good idea to start limiting your intake of it well before you become pregnant. This will help detox your body and prepare you for a healthier pregnancy.

#3: Cut out Alcohol and Tobacco

This one is a no-brainer. Almost everyone is aware of the detrimental effects alcohol or cigarette smoking can have on the health of the baby. Limiting your intake of both of these substances can help you cope better without them during pregnancy.

It’s also important to control the amount of passive smoking that you may be exposed to during and before pregnancy. Passive smoking can also affect the health of your child and increase the risk of having a low birthweight baby or having a spontaneous miscarriage.

#4: Decrease Your Sugar Intake

Blood sugar imbalances can cause inflammation during pregnancy and result in gestational diabetes. Even if you’ve never had blood sugar imbalances before, gestational diabetes can happen. In some women, this may not be preventable, but it can still be controlled by preparing for it before your get pregnant. Limiting your sugar intake can help you steer clear from inflammation, diabetes in the future, and a healthy baby.

#5: Choose Natural Household Cleaning Products

Commercial cleaning products are convenient and easy to buy, but they might not be the healthiest option for your pregnancy. If you’re planning a pregnancy, it’s a good idea to invest in more plant-based or natural cleaning products that you can make at home. The ingredients used in commercial products can be detrimental to the health of your pregnancy and to your baby. This includes highly acidic or alkaline solutions, heavy metal solutes and other noxious substances,

#6: Sweat it Out

As bizarre as it sounds, sweating is actually a method of excreting toxins from the body. You can detox your system pre-pregnancy by spending time at the gym more often or going to the sauna if you don’t feel like hitting the gym.

#7: Use Natural Products on Your Skin Only

Anything that goes on your skin could be absorbed deeper into the body and have an effect on your pregnancy. Some skin medications, particularly vitamin A, are clinically proven to have a teratogenic effect and should be avoided at all costs. Other daily skin care products may have similar effects particularly if they are heavily processed.

If you must use skincare products, consider using those that are made with all-natural ingredients. It’s a good idea to read the product’s label and ingredients beforehand. You can even make your own homemade soaps and everyday skin products to be on the extra safe side.

The Takeaway

You’ve probably been told how to keep your pregnancy healthy once you’re actually pregnant, but did you know it’s equally important to get your body prepared for it? Make these key changes in your lifestyle and detox your body to experience a healthy pregnancy that your body is ready for.

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