Latest guidelines released on chemicals and pregnancy

Latest guidelines released on chemicals and pregnancy

Latest guidelines released on chemicals and pregnancy

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The controversial guidelines being discussed in the media today warn pregnant women to avoid chemicals produced by everyday products causing widespread concern. They say pregnant women can be exposed to a complex mixture of hundreds of chemicals at low levels through the food they eat and the everyday products they use.

Take a look at the full report here:

and here:

Chemicals, such as bisphenol A and phthalates, can leach into food packaging and containers, including food and beverage cans and plastic-wrapped ready meals, say the authors, Dr Michelle Bellingham and Professor Richard Sharpe, (BBC News Health, 2013)

What risks?

  • Chemicals can enter your body through your skin or when you breathe, eat or drink
  • Your baby is exposed if the chemical passes from your blood, through the placenta
  • There is no consensus about which common household chemicals are harmful or whether they need to be avoided
  • Bisphenol A is found in drink and food cans, while phthalates are found in plastics, carpets, fabrics, cosmetics and new cars
  • Smoking and drinking too much alcohol can harm the baby
  • Experts agree that there are some foods – certain fish, for example – that you should avoid or cut down on when you’re pregnant because they might make you ill or harm your baby

(BBC News Health, 2013)

Ways of reducing exposure

  • Use fresh food rather than processed
  • Avoid food and drink in cans and plastic containers
  • Minimise use of moisturisers, cosmetics, shower gel and fragrances
  • Avoid buying new furniture, fabrics, non-stick frying pans and cars when pregnant or nursing

(BBC News Health, 2013)

Among other warnings:

  • Cosmetic products and toiletries such as moisturisers, shower gel and sunscreen could, theoretically, also pose a chemical risk
  • Cleaning products, air fresheners and non-stick frying pans can be added to the hazard list
  • Pregnant women might also want to avoid decorating the new baby’s room with fresh paint as breathing the fumes may be harmful

(BBC News Health, 2013)


Many chemicals enter the environment everyday where they are allowed to freely enter our body and circulate in the blood and tissue. They end up disrupting the natural energy production, particularly with your hormonal system, nervous system and immune system and ultimately encourage diseases to develop inside our bodies, (Wellness Without Limits, 2013)

In essence, this is not just the case for pregnant women, it is indeed happening inside every one of us. We’re not saying you can eliminate every single toxin in your body, but there is always a good place to start. We want to empower you to make the right choices for your health, whether through the food you eat or the lifestyle you lead. So take a moment to look at the website – in particular the video Body toxins to get the lowdown on this from a world leading expert – Dr Zayd Ratansi

Everyday dangerous chemicals, how they effect our bodies and what to do about them

In his own words:

“Cleansing can be dangerous, too many people rush out and buy every product on the market that has something to do with cleansing without understanding the need to eliminate the known sources of exposure first. If we don’t eliminate the known sources of exposure through our foods, hygiene products, and daily living habits, we run the risk of ‘Acute Toxicity’ and making the problem much worse rather than helping it”

~ Dr. Zayd Ratansi


Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

BBC News Health

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