Shun sunscreens, non-stick pans if baby’s on the way

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Shun sunscreens, non-stick pans if baby’s on the way

Are you expecting a baby soon?
Make sure you don't paint your house, buy new furniture, use shower gels or moisturizers, and cook in non-stick frying pans. These are among a long list of everyday objects that the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says can expose the unborn child to harmful chemical exposure.

A list of what mothers should not be doing, issued by the RCOG is the first of its kind antenatal advice that informs women who are pregnant or breastfeeding of the potential risks that some chemical exposures could pose to their babies.

Exposure to environmental chemicals causes pre-term birth, low birth weight, congenital defects, pregnancy loss, impaired immune development, as well as impairment of fertility.

Under normal lifestyle, pregnant women are exposed to a complex mixture of hundreds of chemicals at low levels through many avenues, including consumption of food, use of household products, over- the-counter medicines, as well as personal care products and cosmetics.

RCOG says while the consumption of medicines such as paracetamol and use of pesticides are well-documented sources of chemical exposure, this paper points out the lesser recognized sources that could pose potential harm.

The authors point out that it is not just the type of food that pregnant women consume but the packaging materials used to contain it. The same caution is suggested for personal care products such as moisturizers, sunscreens and shower gels, as current legislation does not require manufacturers to name all the chemicals, when used in low dose, on the product label.
 

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very nice information. thank you vijigermany
 

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