This past month, on day 4 of what I thought was a new cycle, I started a detox cleanse using a kit from a local herb company. Cleanse consisted of drinking a tea blend twice daily and using 3 different tincture mixtures 3xs/day and following a diet that eliminated wheat, dairy, eggs, animal products, caffeine, alcohol, plus a few other random things. Before I started the cleanse I took a pregnancy test. Even though I had just gotten my "period" my basal temps were higher than usual for pre-ovulation and I just wanted to double-check before beginning the cleanse. Test came out negative. 1 1/2 weeks into the cleanse my temps are still high and the entire time since getting my "period" I was spotting brown, so I took another test. This time it came out positive. There's no way I became pregnant in what I though was this new cycle, so it means I conceived before beginning the cleanse. I immediately ceased taking all the herbs and had HCG levels tested. Serial HCG testing shows my levels doubling as they should in an early pregnancy. I've gone ahead and looked up all the herbs in this kit and have concerns about the following:
Bladderwrack: This was in one of the tinctures I was taking 3xs/day. Web says heavy metals can concentrate in kelps and that this could be bad for fetal development.
Pau D' Arco bark: This is first ingredient listed in the tea blend I was drinking 2xs/day. It's not recommended in pregnancy because it targets quickly reproducing cells. Normal fetal development relies upon a lot of quickly reproducing cells...
Sassafras bark: This was the last ingredient listed in the tea blend I was drinking 2xs/day and by far has the most negative reputation on the internet of any of the herbs I researched. In fact, everything I read says it was banned by the FDA for human consumption, so I'm not quite sure how this herb store was able to sell it as a tea blend, something clearly intended for consumption. Everything about this says it's bad, bad, bad for babies--causes defects and death.
I experienced an early-loss back in December and given all the bleeding and spotting thus far in this pregnancy I'm really on pins and needles. Anyhow, does anyone have any advice for me? How worried should I be?
Thanks for reading.