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Unborn babies at risk due to everyday environment

I’ve been looking into this myself for the past 5 years. I’ve seen many friends of mine struggling to conceive for months and years. I’ve been challenging them with information. It’s been interesting.

Now when I came across information that has shown the bigger picture that started to create more comprehension. This is the key to really understand and connect the dots how our world has changed so incredibly much in the past 50 years. When I was born there wasn’t every single cucumber or other food wrapped up in plastic, tin food or ready-made food. There were not so many plastic toys from China (you don’t want to know what materials they use!!), in fact hardly any. No super doper non-stick pans with Teflon etc., no 99,9% kill bacteria spray for the household… The body of a mother-to-be has to adjust so much to the overwhelm of non natural elements. So naturally this may be one of the barriers why couples cannot conceive or when they do and have a baby it may have some issues… There are of course other things connected to that. Wouldn’t you agree that it’s hardly only one thing? I see this as accumulation of things over the years.

When I came across this article I was really pleased because now women and men can at least look at thing and make a choice in their household and adjust their lives accordingly.


Pregnant women have been dragged into a row over how to put “safety first” after senior doctors said that they should consider cutting down on make-up and plastic-wrapped food to avoid potential risks to their unborn babies.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says that even though there is no direct evidence of harm from everyday chemical exposure,

pregnant women should be told about

how they can reduce their exposure by avoiding painting the nursery or buying new cars.

Further recommendations are:

  • Use fresh food rather than processed foods whenever possible
  • Reduce the use of foods and beverages in cans or plastic containers, including the use of such as containers for food storage
  • Minimise the use of personal care products such a s moisturisers, cosmetics, shower gels and fragrances * (see note by L.Patel Varekova)
  • Minimise the purchase and use of newly produced household furniture, fabrics and non-stick frying pans ans well as new cars while pregnant or nursing a baby.
  • Avoid the use of garden, household or pet pesticides or fungisides (such as fly sprays or strips, rose sprays and flea powders)
  • Avoid paint fumes
  • Only take-the-counter analgesics or painkillers when necessary
  • Do not assume safety of products based on the absence of “harmful “chemicals in their ingredients lists, or the tag ‘natural’ (herbal or otherwise). “It is unlikely that any of these exposures are truly harmful for most babies but in view of uncertainty about risks, especially those relating to ‘mixtures’, these steps will reduce environmental chemical exposures.

In guidance

issued today the college warns that women should be made aware of concerns about chemicals present in good,

grooming products, and household cleaner. Substances such as phthalates, bisphenol A and PCBs,

have been linked to a range of pregnancy problem such as premature birth, birth defects and cognitive difficulties.

Michelle Bellingham of the University of Glasgow, a co-author of the paper, said: …”We could sit and wait for evidence before we do anything, but this is more proactive way. 

“I hear people screaming ‘you can’t wrap yourself up in a bubble’, which I completely understand because this is everyday life.

But these are the ways which, if you choose, you can reduce your exposure.” 

Via: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/health/news/article3782872.ece

The Times| Wednesday June 5th 2013, page 3.


*note: most shampoos have: SLS, Tetrasodium, Propylene Glycerol,

most lipsticks have: Polymenthyl methacrylate,

most body lotions have: Prabens, Polyethylene Glycol (also found in oven cleaners!)

Eveshodow: Polythylene terephthalate,

Blushers have: Parabens

Foundations: Polymenthyl methacrylate

Fake tan: Parabens

Do check the labels on your products and baby products out of curiosity and do a search where the incredients come from and possibly what side effects they even may have


Pregnancy is a particularly sensitive time

in which a new life is absorbing everything that the mother is being exposed to. It was once thought that the mother’s placenta was capable of filtering toxins that enter the mother’s system before the toxins reached the unborn baby. Various studies have now shown that this is far from the truth. The Environmental Working Group (EWG), found an average of 287 industrial chemicals in umbilical cord blood – chemicals that have not been filtered by the mother’s placenta1.

1 A Benchmark investigation of industrial chemicals, pollutants and pesticides in umbilical cord blood Environmental Working Group, July 14, 2005.


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