Our concern for a growing baby often starts when we get pregnant, but given the toxic load most of us carry around, we should be thinking about detox if/as we think about getting ready to conceive.
There are a number of fairly easy pre-steps that are beneficial for all women to check off first, like starting a prenatal vitamin and supplement regimen, detoxing your personal care routine, and eating organic as possible (in just a few days, many pesticides and herbicides from food leave the body).
Dr. Aviva Romm, a board-certified family physician who specializes in women’s health and obstetrics—who spent twenty-five years as a midwife and had four children before getting her M.D. at Yale (she’s also an herbalist)—explains that many health conditions that are adversely affecting children today can be traced back to environmental toxin exposure.
aBabies today are born pre-polluted. One Environmental Working Group study found a total of 232 toxic chemicals in umbilical cord blood; another found 287 different industrial chemicals and pollutants—180 of which are known to cause cancer in humans and 217 of which are toxic to the brain and nervous system.