Fertility and Womb Health, Physical Health

Miscarriages and Birth Defects


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Teratogens are substances that cause some miscarriages and birth defects. If you are actively trying to get pregnant or you are currently pregnant, please avoid them. Here’s the list I pulled from pp 14-15 of Herbal from the Childbearing Year by Susun S. Weed.

Smoke of any kind
Alcohol
Raw or undercooked meat
Caffeine
DES (diethylstilbestrol)
Aspirin
Antihistamines
All laxatives, including herbal
Antacids
Diuretics
pHisoHex (or anything else containing hexachlorophene)
Hair dyes
Hemorrhoid medication
Chemical stimulants
Motion sickness and anti-nausea drugs
Epinephrine shots
Sulfonamides antibiotics
Vaccines
Anesthetics
Mercury vapors in dentist office
Steroid drugs and herbs
Hormones
Acutane
Excesses of vitamins A, C, or D
Heavy metals
Pesticides
Herbicides
Insecticides
Fumes from paint, paint thinners, solvents, wood preservatives, varnishes, glues, spray adhesives, benzene, dry-cleaning fluids, certain plastics, vinyl chloride, and rubber tuolene
Lithium
Arsenic
Contact wit cat feces
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl)
Radiation (x-rays, video display terminals)

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