How to Detox While Pregnant or Breastfeeding
Before getting pregnant, I would go on fasts, cleanses, and other diet challenges every now and then. I’ve been nursing my son for two years now, so I’ve been itching to do something for myself! Since launching the 5-Day Detox Challenge and later, The Fresh Start Cleansing Program, I have had a few inquiries from women who were breastfeeding. So I thought I would make a blog post about the best options for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
As you know, a pregnant woman needs about 300 extra calories a day to nourish and support her growing baby. Whereas a lactating mom uses 500 extra calories a day just to product milk! If you are struggling with your supply, a detox or cleanse regimen that greatly restricts calorie intake will not help all. Also, the certain of the cleansing supplements are not wise for pregnant or breastfeeding women because the toxins released from the fat cells in the mother can get into her milk supply. As a breastfeeding mom myself, I support and encourage other moms to breastfeed as long as they and their child want. Doing the 5-Day Detox Challenge or The Fresh Start Cleansing Program can wait. It’s that important!
But there are other areas where ANYONE–man, or woman, pregnant, nursing or neither–can and SHOULD detox:
Detox Tip 1: Eat organic fruits and vegetables in abundance. Foods grown conventionally with pesticides make a pretty presentation in the grocery aisle, but sadly are embedded with carcinogen, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals. As much as possible, buy organic. I’m not saying, “if it’s not organic don’t eat it!” It is still better to eat conventionally grown fruits and vegetables than to avoid them completely just because they’re not organic. But certainly, if it’s within your power to choose, choose local, organic food over conventionally grown produce.
My family is ovo-lacto-vegetarian. We avoid all meat but still eat eggs and use a little cheese and sour cream every now and then. Meat, as noted by the World Health Organization is considered unsafe to eat and a carcinogen (citation). Conventional farmers don’t feed animals organic food, and often give them growth promoting drugs and antibiotics that wind up in our own system. The supplements we use (vitamins, protein, sports drinks, etc.) also comes from organic whole food, not from synthetic chemicals.
Detox Tip 2: Drink plenty of pure, clean water. (This is a challenge for my family because we like our 100% “Appluice”!) Other drinks contain sugar, high fructose corn-syrup, and possibly other ingredients that neither you nor your growing baby need. Water will keep your blood circulating and milk supply intact. Get clean water here.
Detox Tip 3: Detox your cleaning supplies. Conventional cleaning supplies use harsh and abrasive chemicals and fragrances that are often not diluted properly by the end user. These cleaners affect your skin (hence the need to sometimes use rubber gloves), respiratory system, and often give headaches because of the smell. Babies are especially affected by conventional cleaners because they crawl around on the floor (that was just mopped with cleaning solution or dusted with vacuum powder), or God-forbid, their curiosity lead them to accidentally swallow some. Their skin is also sensitive to the chemicals in laundry detergent and fabric softeners. Instead, use natural organic, cleaners what will make your home clean and safe for you and your baby. You can do a lot of home-made solutions with vinegar, baking soda, lemon essential oil, and what-not. I prefer a simpler, cheaper approach with Get Clean by Shaklee.
Detox Tip 4: Detox your personal care products. Use natural products that are free of perfumes and parabems (chemicals that stick perfume to your skin so the fragrance lasts). Make your own using coconut oil, essential oils, baking soda. The internet is rich with recipes (Check out my Pinterest Boards!). I love using Enfuselle shower gel on me and body lotion for both me and my son. Our skin feel super soft, and he doesn’t smell like a Bath and Body Works shop after our shower. I might add a bit of Lavender essential oil just to help calm us down before bed-time.
Detox Tip 5: As much as possible, avoid toxic emotions such as anger, stress, sadness, irritability. When I was pregnant, every emotion was amplified: I would cry at the drop of a hat, or get REALLY mad over the slightest annoyances. I learned that I really needed to get a hold of my emotions because emotions affect blood flow and cortisol (stress hormone) levels, which can have an impact on a growing baby and on milk supply. The way I did this, was to pray and sing. So, whenever tempted with a negative emotion, ask God to give you victory over it and sing a song of praise to Him in anticipation of it. You will see the feelings will melt away.
Other ideas include:
Deep breathing–breathing fresh, outdoor air is a great way to feel energized and it doesn’t cost a thing!
Dry brushing–a technique that uses a coarse brush on the skin to stimulate the lymph system.
Oil Pulling–a detox technique in where you swish oil in the mouth for 10-15 minutes first thing in the morning to pull toxins from the mouth.
In conclusion, we moms do SO much for our babies. It’s really important we make sure we give ourselves the best care possible so that we can feel healthy and energetic to enjoy our children. If you would like to get a customized Detox plan that fits your life, contact me today!