As an adult human, it’s only normal for you to be used to all the drugs floating around. Whether it’s a plethora of OTC drugs, prescribed medicine, or even some recreational drugs, it’s safe to assume that some of that’s in your system.
However, you know it’s bad if you’re pregnant. So here’s the question: how to clean out your unborn baby’s system?
By the time you realize you’re carrying a child, you might have a significant amount of chemicals in your system. There’s a good chance they’ve already invaded your placenta and your unborn baby’s system as well.
Some of the seemingly harmless drugs you’ve taken could cause fatal consequences for your baby. If you want to birth a healthy child, you’ll need to clear out your baby’s system. It’s also good to have an idea about the things you need to clear out.
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In this blog post, we will talk about all these things, and also give you useful pointers on how to clear out your system. Let’s go and have a look.
Why is it important to clear out your unborn baby’s system?
When you’re taking in chemicals, whether they are OTC, prescription, or illegal substances, you risk exposing your unborn baby to them as well. If you continue to take these drugs, there’s a big chance your child may be born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).
It means that your child will suffer from withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, from the drugs you were taking.
If you want to prevent the possibility of this happening, it’s good to talk to a doctor even before you start trying to conceive. In case you find out only after you’re pregnant, it’s still a good idea to talk to a doctor so you can take measures to protect your child from the worst of the effect.
Not only should you be warned about NAS, but there are also other things you should be cautious about. These chemicals can even cause birth defects, early delivery, and even miscarriage.
You should always consult a doctor when you find out you’re pregnant and disclose everything about your drug intake. Depending on the sort of substance that’s you’ve been taking, you might need to take different measures to clear them out of your baby’s system. If there’s nothing specific, there’s a simple system you can follow. Here it is-
- First, you need to abstain from all medicine, drugs, alcohol, and smoking. If you were on prescribed medicine, talk to your doctor about safely getting off them.
- In case you’re dependent on a substance, getting detox treatment for withdrawal is a wise course of action. You also need to receive counseling so there’s no possibility of a relapse in the future.
- Once you’ve stopped the intake of harmful substances, you should focus on healthy eating habits and drink plenty of fluid. Water is the most important, but you should also drink juices and smoothies. They would help flush out the toxins.
- Lastly, you should also do some light exercise, as it would help your body to cycle out the toxins from your unborn baby’s body and your placenta.
Let’s now go take a look at what substances you need to be especially cautious about when you’re carrying a little one in your womb, and how to clear them out.
Whether over-the-counter or prescribed, these painkillers can cause NAS and complications with the birth. If you continue to take the painkiller even after you know you’re pregnant, your child may be born too early or too small. Stillbirth is also a possibility.
In some cases, your baby might have heart or spinal cord defects. It increases the possibility of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Even if you don’t notice any big problems right away, it can deter your baby’s growth and development later on.
However, note that if you’re taking prescribed painkillers, it’s best not to stop taking them by yourself. You should consult your doctor first.
Everyone knows you shouldn’t smoke during pregnancy. However, lots of people don’t know that e-cigarettes are just as bad. Smoking can cause a lack of oxygen for the baby in your womb and cause complications.
It can also cause ectopic pregnancy, birth defects such as a cleft palate or lip, cause asthma, or other problems after birth. There are also possibilities of SIDS, stillbirth, early labour, and low weight.
Alcohol is bad for your baby; there’s no doubt about it. While some people think a little bit won’t hurt- it might. In fact, it might cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
It’s especially important to abstain from alcohol in the first trimester. Failing to do so can cause damage to your baby’s brain, heart, kidney, and other important organs. Even after your baby is born, he or she may suffer from physical and mental health problems.
Here, we’re talking about drugs like marijuana and some stimulants like meth. Meth increases the possibilities of miscarriage, stillbirth, and birth defects. Even if you’re able to give birth safely, your baby will have to bear its effects well into his or her teenage.
While the effects of marijuana might not be as bad, it can still cause growth and development problems, and cause withdrawal symptoms.
Now that you know how to clean out your unborn baby’s system, I hope you will do what’s best for your child. Not only will it be good for the baby, but it will also improve your health, and you’ll be spared from long years of complications.
Remember, don’t take any drastic measures without talking to your doctor first, no matter what the internet says! Do you have any more suggestions for cleaning out your unborn baby’s system? Let us know in the comments below!