Proper pregnancy promises a healthy child to be born into a community of love. Yes? Unfortunately, there exists numerous disparities in maternal and infant health have been observed among members of different racial and ethnic populations and persons of differing socioeconomic status. For certain risk behaviors and health conditions, mean overall prevalence was higher among women aged <20 years, black women, women whose pregnancies were unintended, and women receiving Medicaid; however, no single subgroup was consistently at highest risk for all the indicators examined in a 2004 report by the U.S. CDC” Preconception and inter-conception health status of women who recently gave birth to a live-born infant.”
It is hard to get the message out–it is better to always error on the side of caution and precaution. It is important to seek out the services to educate prospective mothers of the importance of taking care of themselves and their unborn child.
An important study was released in May 2013 by the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynocologists of Canada, entitled “Chemical Exposures during Pregnancy: Dealing with Potential, but Unproven, Risks to Child Health” 7 pp. See full report: http://www.rcog.org.uk/files/rcog-corp/5.6.13ChemicalExposures.pdf.
Here is an excerpt:
Epidemiological research has linked exposure to some of these chemicals in pregnancy with adverse birth outcomes; pregnancy loss, preterm birth, low birth weight, congenital defects, childhood morbidity, obesity, cognitive dysfunction, impaired immune system development, asthma, early puberty, adult disease and mortality (cardiovascular effects and cancer).
In addition, impairment of fertility and fecundity in women and impairment of testicular development and reproductive function in males, have been associated with fetal exposure to everyday chemicals in the environment.
Another confounding factor is that virtually all women who are pregnant are exposed to certain chemicals because they are found in everyday products. The chemical bisphenol A is found in drinks and food cans and phthalate esters are found in plastics, carpets, fabrics, personal care products and glues….
Another important source of chemical exposures for women iscosmetics/personal care products, especially those applied to the skin over a large surface area to facilitate their absorption; moisturisers, sunscreens, cosmetics, fragrances, shower gels and hairsprays. The amount of these products routinely used by women has increased dramatically in recent decades.
Needless to say, the chemical and pharmaceutical industry front groups are crying foul over this sensible and precautionary advice given by the Royal College.
Rates of reproductive difficulties, child neurological problems, respiratory ailments, digestive difficulties, allergies and even child cancers have been climbing in alarming ways at the same time when we are inundated with toxic chemicals in everyday products and materials, and subjected to increased radiation from cell phones, cell towers and Wi-Fi. Reducing exposures and preventing the problems from developing in the first place is the only sensible thing to do.
Until the ingredients of everyday products and materials can be properly tested and the harmful ones are banned from use, we need to avoid the ones we know or suspect are contributing to the growing amount of serious health problems in infants, children, and adults.