More and more research is linking chemicals to birth defects, cancer, thyroid disorders, acne, asthma, diabetes, obesity, allergies, infertility, and even ADHD. If I had my way, every OB office and midwife in the U.S. would distribute information to their patients on how chemicals can affect a woman and her fetus. Women should be made aware of sources of exposure to chemicals in order to reduce the risks to the developing fetus.
I have learned a lot from my sisters when it comes to pregnancy and avoiding chemicals. I was never able to have children and had various miscarriages but still knew what I had to do while I was trying to get pregnant. In all the Doctor appointments that I went to, never once was I told to avoid chemicals and other toxins that can affect a developing fetus.
During pregnancy, especially in the early months, the baby is developing its brain. A chemical that is marginally dangerous to the mom may be critically dangerous for a developing fetus.
The Gurus Top Ten Tips to Avoid Chemicals During Pregnancy:
- Pesticides (Eat organic and avoid lawns that have been sprayed)
- Do not paint: Avoid any paint & especially any lead based paints. This includes sanding or scraping any old paints where lead will most certainly be released into the air
- Mosquito repellents can be toxic. Make you own(see our DIY section)
- Avoid Mercury (this is why eating fish should be limited to once or twice a week). Most fish carries some level of mercury in it
- Stay away from Pressure treated woods . These woods are treated with arsenic which out gasses long after it is installed.
- Do not use nail polish – the fumes are similar to paint thinner which can be dangerous to the fetus
- Avoid harsh cleaning solutions such as oven cleaners, bleach & most conventional cleaning products. Use our recommended ones in the store or make your own – see our DIY section.
- Alcohol & cigarettes – do not be even around smoke
- Avoid non stick cookware
- Body lotion, hair products, deodorant and perfume – Read the ingredients and know your labels. There are so many chemicals used in these products and potential endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and other harmful side effects
Whatever a pregnant woman ingests or puts on her skin, the baby can also be affected. What occurs during fetal development can last a lifetime. Most Doctors will tell you what is positive for the baby, such as vitamins, rest and a healthy diet, but very few will tell woman what chemicals to avoid.
Someday, I hope to have a “brochure” in all OB offices!!