Toxic Chemicals and MiscarriageWith the holiday season here, many people have company and spend quite of bit of time cleaning and tidying up. I didn't do a lot of cleaning in my first trimester since I was so nauseated day and night. When I was pregnant with my daughter, my sense of smell was incredibly heightened. The smell of any type of cleaner or any scent that was added to "freshening" products absolutely turned my stomach.
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I believe this was my body's way of telling me to stay away from harmful and possibly toxic substances. Everything from cosmetics to cleaning products were a problem for me. I ended up using a lot of baking soda and vinegar to clean and I used unscented lotion.
Some basic household cleaners could lead to pregnancy problems or miscarriageI frequently turned to "The March of Dimes" for information on Pregnancy and Miscarriage. They are an objective source of factual information. Here is a good resource on environmental toxins and how they may affect your pregnancy:
This article has information on everything from mercury exposure, chlorinated water, lead, metals, solvents and pesticides. Sometimes we are unknowingly exposed to substances which may harm an unborn baby or even lead to miscarriage. We probably can't completely eliminate these toxins from our environment, but at least we can minimize our exposure.
From the article:
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While some household cleansers contain solvents, there are many safe alternatives. Pregnant women should read labels carefully and avoid products (such as some oven cleaners) whose labels indicate they’re toxic.
Products that contain ammonia or chlorine are unlikely to harm an unborn baby, though their odors may trigger nausea in a pregnant woman. A pregnant woman should open windows and doors wear rubber gloves when using these products. She should never mix ammonia and chlorine products because the combination produces fumes that are dangerous for anyone.
A pregnant woman who is worried about commercial cleansers or bothered by their odors can substitute safe, natural products. For example, baking soda can be used as a powdered cleanser to scrub greasy areas, pots and pans, sinks, tubs and ovens. A solution of vinegar and water can effectively clean many surfaces such as countertops.
from: march of dimes