If you start to think about the chemicals that you are exposed to each day then this could seriously raise concerns about yours as well as your baby’s well-being. However, the good news here is that most of the chemicals that you are exposed to regularly do no harm to both you and your unborn baby.
How are you exposed to chemicals?
There could be many ways in which you would be exposed to harmful chemicals. This includes what you breathe, chemicals that enter your body through food as well as those that get absorbed through the skin. The unborn baby is harmed if the pregnant woman is exposed to chemicals for a very long time.
It is important to know about the chemicals that could be dangerous which in turn can help you to be careful.
Harmful chemicals that should be avoided during pregnancy
Some of the common chemicals that you should stay away from during pregnancy are:
- Lead – Lead causes premature birth, low birth weight, and other serious complications. Even small amounts of lead can affect the baby’s behavior and learning. To avoid exposure to lead make sure that the water pipes in your house do not contain lead. Some old buildings have lead paints.
- Mercury in fish – If you are exposed to mercury then this affects the brain of the unborn baby as well as its nervous system. The effect could be mild to severe. It could impact the baby’s motor skills, concentration as well a memory. Avoid eating fish that has high content or mercury like tilefish, swordfish or shark.
- Arsenic – Arsenic could cause stillbirth or miscarriage. It could cause anemia, high blood pressure as well as diabetes or cancer. Arsenic is present in outdoor wooden furniture as well as in agricultural areas.
- Pesticides – Pesticides are as dangerous as smoking during pregnancy and it leads to poor birth weight or even miscarriage. Pesticides may be there in the food that you eat so make sure to wash your food properly before you eat it. In case you need to get pest control done then vacate the premises.
It may not be possible to avoid contact with all kinds of chemicals because most of them are present in the products that we use daily. However, it is good to know about these harmful chemicals so that you can take the necessary steps to avoid them.
To avoid exposure to harmful chemicals takes care to use minimal amounts of cleaning products that have a warning label. Use gloves and keep the room ventilated. Try to avoid any contact with insecticides or pesticides and also avoid heating food in plastic containers because it contains BPA.
When at work ask your employer about the safety data. If your work involves exposure to solvents then there is a risk of miscarriage.
Take care that if you plan to paint your house to welcome the baby then stick only to water-based paints which are safer than the oil based or the spray paints.
Some basic precautions can keep you and your unborn baby healthy and safe.
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