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Top Toxins to Avoid in 2015 Especially If Pregnant

It goes without saying that during pregnancy, women should take extra precautions to safeguard their baby’s health. It is crucial for pregnant women to watch their diet, effectively address or avoid stress, exercise moderately, and get enough sleep at night. However, I believe that it is equally important for expectant mothers to live as “toxin-free” a lifestyle as possible.

If you’re expecting a child or one of the women in your life is, then pay attention. This is valuable information that every parent should know.

Toxins to Avoid If Pregnant


Why Pregnant Women Should Avoid Chemical Exposure

Toxins are everywhere. They can leach into your body through personal care products, clothes, furniture, and other household items. In fact, they may even enter your body through the foods and beverages you consume. There are over 70,000 chemicals currently in use by US industries – and a good number of these compounds have not been adequately tested.

Pregnant women should always remember that during those nine months, their unborn child is at its most vulnerable to chemical exposure. Their blood-brain barrier may not be developed enough to protect them from environmental toxins and it is up to the mother to protect them from chemical exposure. The danger does not end after birth. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) reports that children also have very low levels of certain chemical-binding proteins, and this allows chemicals to reach their developing brains and other organs.

What Happens When Children Are Exposed to Toxins in Utero

It is not exactly clear how these chemicals impact fetal development. However, tests commissioned by the EWG have detected over 200 chemicals in the blood samples of newborns. Of this number, 180 are known carcinogens, while 217 are linked to brain and nervous system damage. Additionally, animal tests associate 208 of these chemicals with birth defects and abnormal development.

Researchers believe the rising rates of birth defects, neurodevelopmental issues, and other health issues in American children are the consequence of dangerous toxic exposure. Here is a partial list of conditions that have been linked to chemical exposure during pregnancy:

  • Interference with sexual orientation in utero
  • Genital deformations, such as micropenis, underdeveloped testicles, and hypospadias (when the urethra forms on the underside of the penis)
  • Autism and neurodevelopmental delays
  • Endocrine disruption
  • High blood pressure, decreased fertility, premature delivery, and diabetes (in mothers)

Even more alarming is that the toxins infants are exposed to while in the womb may affect their inherited genes, impacting the health of your grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Toxins may be everywhere, but there are still precautions you can take to protect you and your child’s health and development. The first step is to…

Recognize the Top Toxins That You Should Avoid at All Costs

Discover the most common toxins that may be lurking in your home or surroundings by reading my infographic titled “Top Toxins to Avoid Especially if Pregnant.” Apart from revealing these top toxins, my infographic will provide you with a list of…

  • What compounds are currently deemed safe but may actually have an adverse impact on  your health
  • Which organ systems these compounds can damage
  • The everyday items that contain these dreaded chemicals – you will be surprised to discover that many of these can be found in your home!

Once you learn about these environmental hazards, I advise you to replace these dangerous synthetic chemicals with safe natural substitutes. My website is a comprehensive source of information and articles that can help you establish a toxin-free life for you and your family. Use this information to empower yourself and protect your children during their crucial developmental years.

But don’t stop there! If you have friends and loved ones who are parents or mothers-to-be, I urge you to share “Top Toxins to Avoid Especially if Pregnant” with them so that they, too, can reduce their exposure to dangerous toxic substances and enjoy a healthy pregnancy.


About Dr. Joseph Mercola (67 Articles)
Dr. Mercola finished his family practice residency in 1985 but was trained by the conventional model. In his first years of private practice, he treated many symptoms with prescription drugs and was actually a paid speaker for the drug companies. But as he began to experience the failures of this model in his practice, he embraced natural medicine and has had an opportunity over the last thirty years to apply these time tested approaches successfully with thousands of patients in his clinic. Over 15 years ago he founded to share his experiences with others. The site is the most visited natural health site in the world for the last seven years with nearly two million subscribers. He's also written two NY Times bestselling books, and has had frequent appearances on national media including the Dr. Oz show and major news channels.
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