Precautions to Take When Pregnant or Nursing

From Dr. Fuhrman's book Disease Proof Your Child:

The developing baby inside you is sensitive to the effects of toxins more so than at any other time in its life. It is never too early to start protecting yourself and your unborn child.

Clearly, there are a lot of dangerous habits to avoid before pregnancy, and there are also a lot of fears women have that are not found in science or logic.

The real concerns are not microwave ovens, cell phones, and hair dryers. The things we know to be really risky for you and your unborn children are:

  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine, including secondhand smoke
  • Alcohol
  • Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription drugs
  • Herbs and high-dose supplements, vitamin A
  • Fish, mollusks and shellfish, sushi (raw fish)
  • Hot tubs and saunas
  • Radiation
  • Household clear, paint thinners
  • Cat litter (because of an infectious disease called toxoplasmosis caused by a parasite found in cat feces)
  • Raw milk and cheese
  • Soft cheese and blue-veined cheeses such as feta, Roquefort, and Brie
  • Artificial colors, nitrates, and MSG
  • Deli meats, luncheon meats, hot dogs, and undercooked meats

When a pregnant women uses drugs, even aspirin, she and her unborn child can face serious health problems. Also, just because something is natural or purchased in a health food stores does not mean it is safe. Herbal remedies work because of their medicinal properties from naturally occurring toxins; they are not health food. I also advise against dying your hair during pregnancy.

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Helena - May 26, 2006 4:31 AM

Does this mean Dr Fuhrman recommends that pregnant and lactating women do not consume Vegi-Zest (since it contains autolyzed yeast extract, which contains MSG)?

Helena - May 26, 2006 2:13 PM

Thanks Gerry, that's certainly reassuring. Do you know if the doctor explains the reasons why MSG has to be avoided in DPYC? I do not generally use it, but I am not sensitive to it, and I tend not to worry about an occasional restaurant meal (I do care about soups that I use on a daily basis, hence my question).

khadojah thomas - September 25, 2009 1:39 PM

what can u do to find out the first day if ur pregnant or not

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