Your placenta acts as a filter that allows nutrients to pass from mother to child. It's a nice system, except for the fact that it lets toxins through, too. Of course, the last thing you want is to provide your bubby an in-womb environment that resembles a landfill. I urge you to get rid of the most harmful toxins in your life as soon as you decide to get pregnant or once you find out you are.
Some major toxins are:
- Methylates, found in hot dogs and lunch meats, unwinds DNA that's not supposed to be unwound
- Phthalates, these chemicals that mimic estrogens and have been linked to feminized fish (they increase when you microwave plastic)
- Aerosolized products like turpentine, toluene and paint thinner. Let your partner paint the baby's room and air it out good (without you in it) while you are pregnant so none of the fumes come to you. If it is painted anytime near when the baby comes home, aggressively air it out before you and the baby come near it - breast milk can carry such stuff too.
- Fluorotelomers (found in paints and coatings and in stain repellents applied to materials such as carpets, paper, packaging and textiles)
- Bisphenol A (found in hard plastic bottles; none commonly obtained when you drink water from undamaged plastic bottles)
- Other bad hydrocarbons, such as in unmarinated grilled meats
- Mercury, lead, and other heavy metals - stay away from coal fired power plants. Also, if your occupation involves exposure to chemicals, find out what chemicals are involved and seek advice as to their fetal safety.
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