Preparing for Pregnancy: To Cleanse or Not to Cleanse

With Month Two of our Road to Motherhood well underway, my wife and I are ever-amazed by the amount of planning that goes into, well, planning a pregnancy specifically planning an IVF pregnancy. Ultrasounds, blood work, home ovulation-predictor kits: all to monitor my egg dropping. Sperm-bank research, sperm-donor research and decision, sperm purchase: all to get the right goods. And don’t even get me started on all the IVF drugs I have to take this month alone. All this planning can be stressful, and I’ve often jokingly said, “What ever happened to the good ol’ days of getting accidentally knocked up?” Of course, I kid.

As in-depth and cumbersome as it can be, planning a pregnancy is also wonderful. And it recently got me thinking. With all the planning that goes into this, and even though I’m an overall healthy woman, should I be better preparing my body for conception, for housing and growing a little life inside of me? I’m paying so much attention to the many details of IVF, but what about the details of me? Planning a pregnancy allows you to fully evaluate everything before conception, making sure all the ducks are in a row, so to say. Why not pay the same attention and respect to your own body? I wonder: Is a preconception cleanse the way to go?

Maybe it’s just another thing to think about. Maybe the empty days in between appointments at the fertility center and the waiting, waiting, waiting give me too much time to focus on all-things-fertility related. Other couples spend their time trying to get pregnant in the bedroom, and as much as my wife and I have tried to follow suit, we know this won’t bring us a baby. So the focus is: prep for pregnancy.

A cleanse puts your body in peak condition for healthy fertilization. And according to the experts, the benefits of a cleanse go beyond conception.

The idea of a cleanse is good for any woman planning to conceive. Why not rid your body of the toxins that are trapped inside of you before the baby sets up shop for the next nine months? Toxins can include certain plasticizers — such as those used in the manufacturing of plastic products, concrete, cement and drywall — and PCBs, like those used in pesticides, commercial flame retardants (often used on furniture and carpet), adhesives, paints, and insulation. Not to mention the heavy metals, like mercury and lead, that are found to some degree in many people. These little yuck-yucks (not an official term) often house themselves in you. And not only can they hinder your chances of conception, but they can also find their way through your umbilical cord to your unborn child and possibly harm your baby. Alarmist? Maybe. But if you’re at the stage where you’re actually planning a pregnancy, you’re likely concerned about fertility issues or curious how to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

A cleanse could help.

Plain and simple, a cleanse puts your body in peak condition for healthy fertilization. And according to the experts, the benefits of a cleanse go beyond conception. It’s believed that many of these toxins contribute to the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy: nausea, heartburn, constipation, mood swings, and low energy. If you’re planning a pregnancy, like I am, why not increase the likelihood of fertilization and decrease the likelihood of eww-y side effects? I mean, we’re paying so much attention to everything else, right? If we have the advantage of planning our pregnancy, why not go all the way with it? Why not take it to the next step? Why not cleanse?

It’s true that I don’t necessarily have infertility issues, aside from the fact that my spouse cannot impregnate me. And while doing a cleanse is especially beneficial for women with fertility problems, that’s not to say that any woman wouldn’t benefit from detoxifying her body before a pregnancy. Sure, women get pregnant all the time and without first doing a cleanse, but if you’re in the group of women who are planning a pregnancy, like I am, why not go for it? It certainly couldn’t hurt. And the Good Lord knows it surely could help pass some of the preconception time.

For more information about cleansing prior to conception, check out Natural Fertility Info and Healthy Child, Healthy World.

Always consult a doctor before beginning any change to your lifestyle and never begin a cleanse when already pregnant.

Toxicology information from Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health.

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