Mom is Baby’s First House. Is Your Body Kid-Safe?
Mom is Baby’s First House. Is Your Body Kid-Safe?Couples hoping to start a family or have a new baby often start planning well into the future. Moving into a new place that has room for the baby, is in a safe, family environment, decor, clothing, even what school the kids will go to are sometimes decided years in advance. Prospective parents who are in-the-know would also be searching for the best organic crib mattress and other non-toxic furniture. But sometimes we forget to make sure the baby's very first house - Mom - is up to par.
Many recent studies have shown that kids whose Moms' bodies contain chemicals are born with those chemicals in their body. One study found 287 chemicals in newborns' umbilical cords.
Many experts believe this is a real health hazard because children’s under-developed bodies are especially susceptible to toxins. Even the President's Cancer Panel suggests that both parents should avoid exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and known or suspected carcinogens prior to conception, during pregnancy and throughout a child’s early life.
How can you safeguard your baby?
The first order of business would be, of course, to eliminate chemicals from your environment as much as possible. You can do a lot with just a few changes in:
- Personal care products and cosmetics
- Household cleaning products and laundry items
- Food that contains chemical additives or was grown (like chicken and beef) with added hormones, antibiotics, and so forth.
But it is also a good idea to see a health practitioner and get tested for the chemicals in your body and, if needed, do a detox. There are many different types of detox programs - your health care specialist can recommend one that's best for you.
A chemical-free environment for your baby to come home to is important - everything from clothing to crib mattresses. But a good detox for Mom and Dad gives your baby an excellent start right from conception.