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Page 34| Abby's Magazine - Our concern for a growing baby o en 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 ge ng ready to conceive. There are a number of fairly easy pre-steps that are beneficial for all women to check off first, like star ng a prenatal vitamin and supplement regimen, detoxing your personal care rou ne, and ea ng organic as possible (in just a few days, many pes cides and herbicides from food leave the body). It's worth the effort: Babies 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 The Importance of a Pre-Pregnancy Detox Plus, Fertility Boosters 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. Dr. Aviva Romm, a board-cer fied family physician who specializes in women's health and obstetrics—who spent twenty-five years as a midwife and had four children before ge ng her M.D. at Yale (she's also an herbalist)—explains that many health condi ons that are adversely affec ng children today can be traced back to environmental toxin exposure. Here, she offers prac cal ps for helping moms-to-be lessen toxic load—while also increasing fer lity, to make conceiving when you're ready all the easier. A Q&A with Dr. Aviva Romm Q Why do you believe that detoxing is important pre-concep on? A If you had asked me ten years ago if I thought women needed to detox before pregnancy, my answer likely would have been no: Ea ng a healthy diet and making sure you're taking an appropriate dose of methylfolate was enough. But in the past decade we've seen a con nued escala on in health condi ons affec ng kids, from allergies (including food and environmental) to asthma, eczema, autoimmune diseases

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