Every mom-to-be, including me, is always wanting for the best for their baby. But a new study has brought another concern to our little precious. This joint study by the Washington Toxins Coalition and the Toxic-Free Legacy Coalition has shown the existence of several chemicals in the bodies of expectant mothers that come from everyday products. In turn, their unborn babies are being exposed to these chemicals.
About the Chemicals
Let’s take a closer look at the chemicals that were found in the pregnant women’s blood and urine. Some of the most common chemicals included:
- BPA – Each woman in the study showed certain exposure to BPA, which is typically used to make the linings of soup cans and to make polycarbonate plastic goods. This hormone-disrupting chemical is linked to diabetes, early puberty, cancer, reproductive problems and obesity.
- Mercury – Every woman in the study got exposed to mercury, which has been linked to impaired brain development. Exposure to mercury in the womb can also lead to brain impairment problems.
- Phthalates – At least four different phthalates, the fragrance carriers and plasticizers that are often used in soaps, shampoos and shower curtains, were found during the course of the study. Among other things, phthalates are linked to asthma and reproductive problems.
What Can We Do
If you’re an expectant mother like me, or someone who simply wants to reduce your exposure to chemicals in your day-to-day life, there are few key things we can do:
- Avoid microwaving food in plastic containers.
- Cook fresh ingredients as much as possible.
- Use phthalate-free cosmetics and hair products.
- Check the labels of every product we buy to ensure that it does not contain phthalates.
- Only use environmentally-friendly and organic products whenever possible.
- Improve the indoor air quality of your home; keep it well-ventilated and use HEPA air purifiers as much as possible.