10 Chemicals to Avoid While Pregnant
In today’s society, it is nearly impossible to avoid toxins. However, we can do our best to lower our exposure, and optimize our body’s natural mechanisms for removing them. As we prepare our bodies for pregnancy, we must consider what we put into our bodies, what we put on our bodies, and what we put around our bodies. This means diet, beauty products, household products, and more. In all honesty, regardless if we are trying to conceive, are currently pregnant, or nursing, these chemicals should still be avoided! Shared below are 10 chemicals to avoid while pregnant:
1. PARABENS IN COSMETICS
Beauty products often contain fairly harsh chemicals. Check your labels and aim for products that are paraben and sulfate free.
Opt for glass, porcelain, or stainless steel containers, especially for hot food and liquids.
3. RETINOIDS AND RETINOLS
High doses of Vitamin A can be dangerous for baby, but too little can be just as bad. Work with your doctor to find a safe level.
The dangers of cigarettes are well established, but we must keep in mind that first and second hand smoke is not the only issue. Third hand smoke, or smoke that lingers on clothing, furniture, cars, etc. has detrimental affects as well.
5. DANGEOUS DYES
Use vegetable-based hair dyes and avoid having chemicals touch your scalp. Better yet, stop dying your hair completely!
6. SPRAY WISELY
Synthetic perfumes contain a long list of harmful ingredients, including hormone-altering chemicals. Discontinue using room sprays, perfumes, and hair sprays.
7. NAIL POLISH
Avoid acetone-based products and use natural nail polish and remover brands. Chemicals like formaldehyde are a serious concern and are used in most nail products.
8. PAINTS AND REMODELING
Let someone else paint the nursery and assemble the new furniture. The chemical off gassing that occurs is no good for mother and baby to be around. Let new products (stroller/car seat, crib, etc.) air outside for at least 24-48 hours, and open all windows in the house during and after painting.
9. HARSH HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
Chemicals used to clean counter tops, bathrooms, and floors and more have a long list of toxic ingredients. Now is the perfect time to switch to natural alternatives, or save time and money by making your own.
10. CHECK YOUR WATER QUALITY
Water quality in most cities is rather poor—filled with heavy metals, chemicals, and sometimes pharmaceutical drugs. It is important to ensure that water that you are drinking is filtered and pure, and to have a filter on your shower as well.
Those are 10 places to start, but there are many more to consider based on your unique circumstance. Additional considerations include how close you live to toxic environmental structures such as power plants, highways, garbage dumps, etc., the quality of your food, your home, your work environment, and more. If you would like to connect and assess your toxin exposure, I invite you to send a message here.
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