It’s well known that you should avoid harmful chemicals and substances such as paints and BPA’s while pregnant, but now there are even more products that are proving to do more damage than good when it comes to keeping you and your baby safe while pregnant. Here’s a few things you may not have on your “Avoid” list that you probably should:
1. Beauty Salon Products
Every woman loves to get a little pampering; unfortunately, however, that pampering may be costing you and your precious baby. Salon products contain a laundry list of chemicals such as formaldehyde, ethylene glycol, and toluene-all of which are known to cause reproductive harm. These products are found in many common salon products such as artificial nails, hair extensions, and hair treatments.
2. Non-stick cookware
We all fell for the fad of non-stick cookware like Teflon. Unfortunately, this product starts to chip and peel off after a few years of use. The Teflon itself contains perfluorooctanoic acid, which is linked to cancer and developmental problems. When your stove heats up, the Teflon releases this acid into the food you eat. If throwing away your pans is not an option, make a commitment to keep your burners on medium or low to decrease the chances of this acid leaking into your food.
3. Synthetic Fragrances
Air fresheners may seem like a staple on the household shopping list, however any product that contains synthetic fragrance can have mysterious-and dangerous-ingredients. Fake fragrances contain literally hundreds of cancer-causing chemicals, so always be sure to check labels, even for products that say fragrance free.
Originally used as an antibacterial product, Triclosan is slowly being phased out of products due to its questionable nature. When mixed with water-especially tap water containing chloride, Triclosan emits chloroform. This chemical can be found in everything from toothpastes to clothes and kitchen items. Not only is it a danger to you, but Triclosan can also be absorbed by the body and transferred via breast milk and blood, so even an unborn child is at risk.
5. Questionable Plastic
Research is showing that typical polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, is a hormone disrupter, and can cause reproductive and developmental harm. Always check to see if plastics you are using have the recycle sign with the number 4 or 5. These plastics are PVC free. PVC can be found in everything from your trash cans to your shower curtains-so do a thorough check!