Avoid chemicals if you're pregnant

Avoid chemicals if you’re pregnant

I cannot emphasise enough how important it is for all of us to avoid — as best we can — the toxic chemicals that surround us. 

We microwave plastic, we cover our fatty foods with cling film, we let water bottled in plastic sit in the sunshine… We bring dreadful chemicals into our homes every day as cleaning products, air ‘fresheners and even soaps and cosmetics.

Read the list of ingredients on everything you buy and you will find little or nothing on the High Street that isn’t full of potentially harmful ingredients.

Now, pregnant women are being warned not to use antibacterial soaps because they contain triclosan, a chemical that hinders an enzyme called oestrogen sulfotransferase that helps metabolise oestrogen and move it through the placenta into the developing foetus. There, the oestrogen plays a crucial role in brain development and the regulation
of genes.

However, triclosan and triclocarban are used in more than 2,000 everyday products marketed as antimicrobial, including toothpastes, soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, school supplies and toys, so frankly, antibacterial soap is just the tip of the iceberg. And they may also be responsible for the growing antibiotic resistance we are seeing today.

Published in the journal Environment International, the German and Danish study tested almost 100 everyday chemicals — and discovered that a third affected sperm, suggesting that the endless number and amount of chemicals in products we use every day may be contributing to the widespread fertility problems in the Western world.

So please, pregnant or not, spend a little extra time and possibly money on organic household cleansers, soaps, cosmetics and especially baby products — yes, they are full of chemical nasties too…

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