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Toxic chemicals in the environment harm our ability to reproduce, negatively affect pregnancies, and are associated with numerous other long-term health problems, according to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (The College) and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM). In a joint Committee Opinion, The College and ASRM urge ob-gyns to advocate for government policy changes to identify and reduce exposure to toxic environmental agents.About 700 new chemicals are introduced to the US market every year and over 84,000 different industrial chemical substances are now approved for use in our country. APPROVED WITHOUT ANY SAFETY DATA (more than 90% are untested)! These maybe safe/maybe not safe chemicals are in our skin care products, sunscreen, makeup, cleaning products, laundry detergent, EVERYWHERE - many chemicals that pregnant women are exposed to cross straight from the placenta to the fetus!! This NY Times article "Think Those Chemicals Have Been Tested?" will blow you away, so unbelievably frustrating. Especially concerning to me are chemicals considered to me are endocrine disrupting chemicals" which mess with our bodies by mimicking hormones and the way our body naturally works (include parabens, fragrance (phthalates), BPA, flame retardants, and MANY more). Endocrine disrupting chemicals are especially harmful and can do the most damage during prenatal and postnatal development when organ and neural systems are developing. Avoid these chemicals just like you do sushi and deli meat!
Since the burden to determine product safety is on the mama, I URGE you to examine the ingredients in the products you use. A few months ago I wrote a post "The List of Bad Ingredients" that can help you - the website The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is also an amazing resource. Don't be fooled by marketing gimmicks describing a product as "natural" or "organic" - YOU MUST READ THE INGREDIENTS!! If you can make these changes BEFOFE you get pregnant that is ideal - critical development happens during those first months.
Dr. Mercola wrote this article that is full of valuable suggestions for avoiding chemicals and toxins during pregnancy. He found that in a survey of over 2,500 US obstetricians that 78% agreed that they could reduce environmental exposure through patient counseling and only 20% claim to routinely ask about exposure history. Even more disturbing is that only one in fifteen obstetricians reported receiving any training on the topic at all!! Hopefully more articles like the one in the American College of Gynecology will be published and action steps taken in practices.
I realize all these changes and warnings are very overwhelming - where do you begin?! Mercola's article includes this great list to use as a guide and I've included my blog posts that pertain:
If anyone has any questions or needs additional product suggestions please let me know - I'd love to help!