Most parents begin worrying about their baby’s health prior to birth. They scrupulously follow their doctors advice, and try and do everything they can to make sure that all goes well with their pregnancy, and that their baby is born in the best of the health.
However, there is one significant health risk that your doctor doesn’t discuss with you, that may effect your newborn’s health before birth or after, and sometimes the damage won’t show up until years after you have given birth.
That health risk is toxins entering your babies bloodstream through the placenta and umbilical cord via the mother’s body.
We live in a world filled with harmful toxins. These dangerous poisons and chemical compounds are in the air you breathe, the products you put on your skin, and even in the food you eat. It was once believed that the placenta protected an unborn infant from these toxins, but studies that were carried out in 2004 and afterwards, show that this is simply not the case (see resources to read some of these studies).
It seems that the only protection your unborn infant has from these toxins is when the mother reduces her exposure to them.
The Types Of Toxins That Were Found
In 2004, a study was carried out on the umbilical cord blood of ten different infants born in U.S. Hospitals. What the research found was surprising. The umbilical cord blood of these infants contained:
- 287 different chemical pollutants and toxins, about 200 per child.
- Almost 30 waste products like dioxins that come out of smoke stacks
- 47 toxins such as pesticides and flame retardants
- 212 industrial chemicals
While no one can say for sure how these toxins may affect a newborn infant, what is known is that the chemicals found to have entered the bloodstream of infants, raised a number of causes for concern, such as:
- Over 130 of these chemicals have been known to cause cancer in people or laboratory animals
- Over 150 of these chemicals have been shown to cause birth defects
- More than 180 of the chemicals found can lead to infertility
- 130 are immune system toxins
- Over 150 are neurotoxins
- More than 150 are endrocine disruptors, which can interfere with a persons hormonal balance, affect development, and reproduction.
Studies also seem to indicate that the more chemicals an infant is exposed to, the lower their IQ tends to be, which only proves that chemicals your baby is getting prior to birth can have a huge effect on their overall health.
Since these toxins got into the babies bloodstreams prior to birth, the toxins must have passed to the baby through the mother’s blood supply. This means the only way to reduce the levels of toxins in your unborn baby, is by reducing the level of toxins that enter your bloodstream via the air, skin absorption and the food you eat.
While you can’t prevent your unborn baby from being exposed to every toxin out there, you can take steps to limit their exposure, and yours as well, by doing the following:
- Eat organic whenever possible. If you can eat organic, choose fresh fruits and vegetables and wash them thoroughly before cooking or eating
- Don’t cook food in non-stick cookware. Instead choose stainless steel or cast iron cookware
- Buy or make chemical free cleaning products to reduce inhaling chemical fumes
- Choose all organic and natural bath products, shampoos, and toothpaste or make your own chemical and toxin free versions
- Avoid frequenting traditional beauty shops where you can inhale a wide variety of toxic chemicals
- Avoid shopping in areas that are highly industrial during the hours that the factories are operating, if at all possible
- Use an organic water filter, particularly if you are using chemically treated city water
- Buy organic clothing or bedding, or wash new articles of clothing or bedding several times using an organic laundry detergent to remove as many of the toxic chemicals from the material as possible
- Reduce your consumption of processed foods
- Take fish oil capsules instead of eating fish. You need the Omega-3s for a healthy baby and to maintain your own health, but many fish contain toxins such as mercury and arsenic so capsules are safer
Keep in mind that more you limit your exposure to harmful toxins, the more you will be limiting your baby’s exposure, and the healthier both you and your baby will be.
Do you worry or did you worry during childbirth? What worries you or worried you most?