Chemicals to avoid during Pregnancy
- Aluminum – Aluminum is a lot more pervasive than most people would guess. Whether it’s food packaging, personal care products, or a cooking utensil, many people are exposed to aluminum every day. This metal has been linked to behavioral changes in rats, possibly translating to behavioral disorders in humans.
Pregnant women who receive aluminum-containing vaccines also expose their unborn baby to aluminum. Babies and developing fetuses, because of their small body weight, have a greater ability to uptake certain compounds.
- Bisphenol A – Commonly referred to as BPA, bisphenol A is an estrogen disruptor used in the production of plastics, as a lining for tin cans, and also provides a glossy feel and appearance to receipts. BPA in an expectant mother’s blood has been tied to low infant birth weight. BPA has also been shown to result in lower infant survival rates. Even low doses have been associated with defects in brain function.
- Pesticides – Modern agriculture strips the soil of nutrients, introduces genetically-modified organisms into the environment, and uses toxic pesticides. This toxic trash is so pervasive and hard to get away from — pesticides have been found in maternal blood, umbilical cord blood, and breast milk.
Pesticides have been associated with:
1) Abnormal behaviors in infants
2) Abnormal reflexes in newborns
3) Developmental delays
4) Lower memory scores and IQs
The best way for pregnant women to avoid pesticides is by eating only organic foods.
- Triclosan – Triclosan is exposed to the body via antibacterial soap. Despite its ability to kill germs, the truth is that triclosan is one of the most dangerous chemicals known to man. It’s been associated with infertility in both genders. Maternal exposure to triclosan has also been shown to impair thyroid function in developing babies. This single fact should be of great concern to expectant mothers because the thyroid regulates energy production in every cell of the body.
- Phthalates – Phthalates are a class of substances used to increase plasticity, durability, transparency, and longevity of building supplies, personal care products, medical devices, detergents and surfactants, food packaging, children’s toys, pharmaceuticals, paint, inks, and cosmetics. Miscarriages have correlated with high levels of phthalates in expectant mothers.  Phthalates can contaminate food or beverages if these items are stored in phthalate-containing plastics. Water bottles are a common source of these chemicals.