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How Toxic Impurities Can Get Into Your Womb

 

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a research in 2009 to test the blood samples from 10 different umbilical cord, to find the availability of toxic chemicals. It was found that there were more than 230 industrial pollutants across all 10 samples. Meanwhile lead, mercury, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were the pollutants that were common in all the 10 samples.

Usually, industrial pollution starts affecting people long before they take their first sip of water. They get exposed to chemicals that can cause brain damage, cancer and other serious health problems. All this happens inside the place that’s most critical to human development -  the womb. Thus, the issue of lead contamination in the drinking water is being strictly scrutinized by many research organizations, national media outlets and the Congress as well.

According to reports, the underground water of a number of regions in the United States is contaminated with harmful pollutants. This poses a serious and a lifelong threat to the health of millions of lives.

Lead:

Not only women, lead ingestion is unsafe for men too at every level. It is a highly neurotoxic metal, linked to permanent damage to the brain and nervous system. Not only that, it is also responsible for behavioural & learning difficulties, hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing & reproductive problems and nerve disorders. This has been confirmed by a research led by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Another research conducted by the EWG in 2009 states, ”Results of the researches done in the last three years conclude that lead clearly damages the brain. Advancements in behavioral and cognitive testing have helped researchers in identifying harm at even lower exposures. However, there is no identified safe threshold for its exposure in humans for now.”

So, how does this pollutant enter into cord blood?

It enters the body with the consumption of lead contaminated tap water. Another way it enters the body is via the air breathed that contains dust from chipped lead paints of old houses. For that, filters can prove to be a better option. They can significantly reduce lead proportion in your house, if not completely remove it.

Mercury:

Mercury is a naturally occurring element and a rather notorious neurotoxin that can impede the brain development and nervous system of a pregnant woman. The main source of mercury contamination is coal-fired power plants. In fact, this has even tainted the oceans along with natural & fresh waterways around the globe.

How does mercury get into the cord blood?

Eating food tainted with methyl-mercury is the primary cause of Mercury exposures to the baby inside a mother.

Sometimes the level of mercury can be very high in seafoods like tuna. Pregnant women should completely avoid consuming tuna during pregnancy. Similarly, they should refrain from eating shark, swordfish and marlin as well. It is important for pregnant women to avoid such foods for the betterment of their baby.

They should conduct researches on foods containing toxic impurities, it can decrease the chances of baby’s health related complications before hand.

PCBs:

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a family of toxic chemicals. The federal government banned them amid exhibiting evidence that these are extremely harmful to human health. EPA recommends them as  “Probable Human Carcinogens”. They pose lethal threats to the immune and neurological system of our body.

How do they find their way into our body?

Primarily, it gets into the human body through food. Although, PCBs get into the food chain in several ways. They can get into the food when you include packaged foods in your meals.

Avoiding an exposure to such harmful pollutants is difficult. Because these omnipresent chemicals have now reached even to the remote corners of the world. Still, you need to keep yourself educated regarding all these pollutants and try to stay as away as possible. After all, it’s all for the baby’s well being.

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8 Stages of Pregnancy Every Mom Should Know About

 

Ladies, there aren’t just three stages of pregnancy, a.k.a. the three trimesters. To elaborate, when pregnant, you go through at least 8 stages of pregnancy. These stages consist of emotions that provide you the strength and joy of becoming a mother.

The Excitement Stage:

When you find out that you’re pregnant, the feeling is so overwhelming that you can’t resist sharing it with everyone you know. The excitement knows no bounds as it’s one of the best news you’ll ever receive. This excitement stage turns everything around you jovial and keeps you elated.

The Fear Stage:

There are a lot of fears a pregnant woman goes through. Fear of miscarriage, being the most prevalent. In some cases it keeps the woman terrified throughout her pregnancy. Although there’s no way around this fear, but you have to make sure that this fear doesn’t consume you completely. Keep in mind that this is temporary and something that every woman goes through. Also remember that it is perfectly normal to have such intrusive thoughts but with enough care and precautions you won’t have to experience it.

The Nausea Stage:

This stage is bound to hit you really hard. It ranges from a couple of weeks to almost the entire pregnancy (in some cases). Sometimes, the throwing up can also reach to an extent where you end up empty stomach after every meal. But it’s not something to fret over and with time you’ll learn to make your peace with it.

The Stage Where Clothes Don’t Fit:

Initially, this stage frustrates the life out of you. As, in the beginning not only none of your pre-pregnancy clothes fit you, but you’re also not big to get into maternity clothes. To add to the frustration, people also look at you awkwardly because they can’t figure out whether you’re pregnant or just put on a few pounds. With time, you get used to it as the maternity clothes start fitting and feeling way more comfortable.

The Stage of Joy:

This stays for about a month, but it’s the most soothing of all the stages. Evidently, people know you’re pregnant no longer wonder about weight-gaining thing. You feel more adapted and comfortable with the changes in your body. Also, moving around without bumping into things becomes more seamless. Moreover, the nausea does not irritate you at this stage and you can eat normally without throwing up. In fact, you also begin to feel pride in your pregnancy, owing to the fact that you’re nurturing a life inside of you.

The Stage of Annoyance:

Here, everything starts becoming more and more uncomfortable in a gradual manner. You have gained some serious weight by now and the trouble while sleeping has become a regular occurrence. Meanwhile, your husband’s sound sleep and fitness also adds to your irritability. But with careful diligence, this stage is also endurable and requires equal efforts from your spouse as well.

The Stage Where You Don’t want this again:

This occurs towards the end of your pregnancy. By now, almost every part of your body  is swollen and in pain. Your back begins to hurt badly, and you gradually lose some of your bladder control. The feelings of never wanting to do this again starts looming over you. And, you have to keep reminding yourself of keeping it all together as it’s all worth it.

This stage is almost the end of all what you endured, so you begin gathering every source of courage to help you get through it.

The “I want to do this again” Stage:

This stage surfaces roughly a couple of months after the baby is born. By now, you are holding the most precious thing on the earth; your baby. This sight alone makes you realize that all those 9 months were totally worth it, and the troubles you faced, seem to fade away. Eventually, the thought of becoming a mother again, will surely start running around in your head. They say, “nothing can prepare you for parenthood”, and it’s true. The feeling of being a parent to a child is one that is something to be experienced to relish. Hence, the thought of becoming a parent once again doesn’t seem far-fetched anymore.

 

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