“Pregnant women should be aware of the sources and routes of chemical exposure in order to minimize danger to their unborn baby, even though it is still unknown what effects these chemicals could have.” …
Things To Avoid During Pregnancy:
Unintentional Chemical Exposure
Learn The Sources Of Chemical Exposure … And Avoid Them
The list of things to avoid during pregnancy gets longer and longer every year. Some of the things to avoid during pregnancy are “no brainers”, like smoking, drugs, and alcohol. There is a list of foods to avoid during pregnancy as well. But there may be hidden dangers in your makeup, personal care items like shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, liquid hand soap, hand sanitizers, body wash, and even your toothpaste.
Sad to say, but these items may contain a dangerous chemical called triclosan. Triclosan dangers have been identified in animal studies and show it can interfere with hormones critical for normal development and function of the brain and reproductive system. Triclosan has also been shown to lower hormone levels in the thyroid as well as loweriing levels of testosterone. Both of these can result in altered behavior, learning disabilities, and infertility.
Surveys of the U.S. population from ages 6 to over 65 have found measurable levels of triclosan in over three-quarters of people tested. Most people are likely to be exposed by applying products that contain triclosan to their skin, as opposed to environmental exposure. There are triclosan free skin care and makeup products out there, but most people are not aware of how serious triclosan dangers can really be. A study of nursing mothers found higher levels of triclosan in breast milk and blood of women who used products containing triclosan. A recent study found evidence of triclosan, along with many other harmful chemicals, in the cord blood of recently birthed infants. We are exposing our children to triclosan dangers even before they are born, and we’ve discussed that here at Tips About Healthy Living in several Recent Posts.
Following is a comprehensive article written by Kelly Fitzgerald at “Medical News Today” that will fill you in on the concerns of unintentional chemical exposure:
Under normal conditions, pregnant women are exposed to hundreds of chemicals at low levels, and exposure to these chemicals can occur in many ways – via household products, over-the-counter medicines, personal care products, and through food. Intake of acetaminophen (paracetamol, Tylenol), and use of household cleaning items such as pesticides, have been well-reported sources of chemical exposure. This latest study identified less well-known sources that may also pose a threat.