Natural MD Radio: Detoxing Before Pregnancy


Should you detoxify before getting pregnant? As a midwife and functional medicine doctor specializing in women’s health, I get this question often. And if I had gotten this question ten years ago, I might have said no. But a lot has happened in the evolution of health challenges our kids are facing the last
decade or so that has given me pause. Listen in to hear me talk about whether detoxing before pregnancy is important, whether it’s important for you, and how to do it safely.

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“Scientists estimate that at least 5% of all childhood cancers are just as a result of chemical exposures, and 30% of asthma is just a result of chemical exposures.” – Aviva Romm

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Show Notes:

  • Why our kids are called Generation Rx
  • Environmental toxins are playing a huge role in the prevalence in these diseases
  • How our kids are the canaries in the coal mine
  • Why it’s important to be aware of what’s going on so we can prevent it
  • Many health problems are developing before birth due to toxic exposure while in the womb through fetal transfer
  • How pregnancy mobilizes a number of stored chemicals
  • What are endocrine disrupters
  • How to know if you should detoxify before getting pregnant
  • What I recommend women do before conception
  • Why you never want to do a detoxification during your pregnancy
  • What is a body burden
  • By reducing the body burdens, the numbers of heavy metals go down and the medical conditions resolve

“The prevention is so worth it, even if it costs a little more up front, even if it takes a little more time up front.” – Aviva Romm

  • The problems with functional testing
  • How to reduce environmental exposure
  • Take a look at the medications you’re taking and find alternatives
  • Why you should think about your food exposure
  • Go organic!
  • Why you might want to think about losing weight and trying an elimination diet
  • How to replace the nutrients you may be low in
  • By boosting your nutrition you boost your detoxification
  • My top 8 detoxifying foods: dark leafy greens, berries/grapes/pomegranate/walnuts, fiber, probiotics, turmeric, B Vitamins, methylpholate, sea vegetables
  • Supplements that are beneficial if you’re trying to get pregnant: branched chain amino acids, N Acetal Cistine, Glutathione, B Complex, Bioflavonoids, Turmeric, Green Tea Extract, Broccoli extracts, milk thistle, and artichoke

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“The future is in our hands, the possibility is in yours.” – Aviva Romm

 

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Mehrsa

I am so glad that I found someone who 'reads my mind', and talks about all the things that always concern me, both as a mother and woman. Thank you for using your knowledge and power to spread important messages that would not otherwise be readily available to the general public.

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Meghan Toups

This was fabulous! I am a holistic psychotherapist and work largely with women. Your advice was straightforward and incredibly helpful for myself and my clients. Thank you!!

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Bernadette

Hi Aviva. Loved the podcast, thanks. Loving your whole podcast series! I am curious to know, why do you advise against drinking kombucha in pregnancy?

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Keri

I'm curious about finding sources for toxin-free home furnishings to reduce exposures as you mentioned in the podcast. Do you have any favorites or anything you would recommend? We are doing an overhaul & nearly complete reconstruction of our house so I would like to incorporate healthy toxin-free methods & objects as much as possible. Thank you for all the great info! I'm loving these podcasts.

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi Keri, This is Megan from Dr. Aviva's team. A good place to start researching and looking is the Environmental Working Group's page EWG.org, they have many guides that are incredibly helpful. Warm wishes, Megan- Dr. Aviva Romm Nutritionist

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Denis e

Hello =) I am interested in taking Vitex but not sure if I should take capsule or tinture form. I am prepping my body for pregnancy for I am planning this for possibly late August September to get pregnant. I also heard that once pregnancy occurs that I need to ween off Vitex to prevent miscarriage is this true? Any help will be greatly appreciated =)

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    aviva

    Hi Denies, Both forms are effective and vitex is considered safe for use in pregnancy - one does not have to wean off. Warmly, Aviva

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Charlie Rae Young

Hi ladies! Will you have this information in blog form available? I am a midwife and would like to share this information with my clients in a tangible way. I enjoyed listening to the podcast but it is hard to keep up with all of the do's and dont's.

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    Megan Liebmann

    Hi there! Here you go!! http://avivaromm.wpengine.com/detox-before-getting-pregnant/ Warm wishes, Megan- Aviva Romm's Executive Assistant & Functional Health Coach

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Jay

Hi there I am hoping to TTC in six months time, but I have 4 mercury fillings. I also have Celiac disease and Hashimotos. Would Aviva recommend safe removal and chelation prior to pregnancy or is it safer for the baby to leave the fillings in place until after breastfeeding? Please advise.

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    Aviva Romm

    hi Jay, I don't recommend amalgam filling removal unless really necessary - not routinely just because you're TTC. I usually recommend leaving well enough alone as my grandmother used to day - until after. That said, with Hashimoto's and Celiac I would have conventional serum mercury labs drawn by your health care provider - and if high , assess for sources - ie fish, etc, and if still high then work with someone who can help you - but in my opinion, chelation should not be done within 6 months of TTC. Hope this helps - there's no hard science around this and quite a bit of overly aggressive filling removal - and it can itself liberate mercury....

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Jay

Hi Aviva I have 4 mercury amalgams, as well as Celiac disease and Hashimotos. I am wanting to TTC in 6 months time. Should I have the mercury amalgams removed or is it safer to leave them in place until after breastfeeding? I would love to wait a full year before concieving, but I am 40 and have been advised not to wait that long. Please let me know. Thanks Jay

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    Aviva Romm

    Hi Jayne, I don't jump all over removing mercury - especially if you have celiac which is not so likely caused by 4 mercury amalgams, but which can cause Hashimoto's. I'd focus on gut healing and maximizing thyroid hormone levels and reduce TPO before taking out the amalgams. you can also gave your serum mercury level checked - if within normal I'd probably also leave the fillings alone. However, if you do have them out, I recommend doing so at least 3, and ideally 6 months prior to conception as the removal itself can liberate mercury into your system.

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