Things to avoid during pregnancy

Before and during pregnancy, avoid:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol (including beer and wine)
  • Raw and undercooked meat
  • Radiation (x-rays, video display terminals)
  • Caffeine (coffee, black tea, colas, chocolate, mate)
  • DES (diethylstilbesterol)
  • Aspirin
  • Antihistamines, including Ephedra (Ma Huang), Osha root
  • Most laxatives, including flax seed, senna, aloes, castor oil, rhubarb, buckthorn, cascara sagrada
  • Antacids
  • Diuretics, including Buchu, Horsetail, Juniper berries
  • pHisoHex (or anything else containing hexacholorphene)
  • Hair dyes
  • Hemorrhoid medications
  • Chemical stimulatnts and depressants (LSD, psychotropics, phenobarbital, barbituates, tranquilizers)
  • Motion sickness or anti-nausea drugs (bendectin)
  • Epinephrine drugs (adrenalin)
  • Sulfonamide Antibiotics
  • Vaccines, anesthetics, mercury vapours in the dentist's office
  • Steroids and herbs containing steroid-like factors, including Agave, Ginseng, Licorice, Hops, Sage (this herb also decreases lactation)
  • Hormones (birth control, non-organic meats)
  • Acutane acne medication
  • Excesses of vitamins A, C, D.
  • Heavy metals: lead, nickel, cadmium, manganese
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides. These are designs to disrupt the reproductive capacities of their target pest!
  • Fumes from paints, thinners, solvents, wood preservatives, varnishes, glues, spray, adhesives,
  • benzene, dry-cleaning fluids, certain plastics, vinyl cholride, rubber tuolene
  • Lithium, arsenic
  • Contact with cat feces
  • PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyl)
  • Prolonged exposure to extremely high temperatures