We are all aware that there is evidence that cigarettes and alcohol can be harmful to an unborn baby. Pregnant mothers are strongly advised to avoid them. Many mums-to-be are also advised to avoid raw eggs, caffeine, raw shellfish and several other food items.
Today (05.06.13) the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have issued a paper warning of the potential risks to unborn babies from exposure to chemicals commonly found in our environment such as cosmetics, cleaning products, food tins, plastic covered food, formaldehyde inhalation from new furniture and so on.
Over the years we have seen, in our clinics, many people who have serious health problems caused by exposure to these chemicals. It is not uncommon for them to not be able to enter a department store without the "fumes" making them feel seriously ill. They cannot stay in a house while it is being decorated because the paint smells will make them feel exhausted. Petrol fumes mean that even walking down the street or being in a car can be a problem for them. In addition, many beauty products available contain suspected carcinogens.
Most of us are unaware that, the environment that most of us take for granted, people can suffer severely from. It is not surprising, therefore, that these chemicals can have a detrimental effect on the undeveloped immune system of a baby.
Our advice would be to avoid, as much as possible, exposure to chemicals. The marketplace is far more aware these days and there are plenty of alternatives available of "healthier" products such as chemical-free cosmetics, shampoos without parabens and chemical free and environmentally safe cleaning products. Not only is it good for the health of the unborn baby but also for our health and good for the environment.
Why use them if we don't have to?
Read more on the symptoms and treatment of chemical sensitivity.