Expecting moms should also limit their exposure to the following toxins.
- BPA A chemical compound used to make hard plastics, BPA can be found in food containers, baby bottles, and the lining of cans, it may cause changes in the way hormones work in our bodies. Developing fetuses and young children are the most vulnerable to it. Four easy ways to reduce your exposure to BPA include breastfeeding to avoid using baby bottles, choosing BPA-free bottles when you do use them, not microwaving food in plastic containers (heat can cause BPA to be released), and limiting your use of canned foods.
- Mercury Everyday in the US, over 600,000 babies are born with unsafe levels of mercury in their blood. The chemical element is associated with developmental delays, so it is important for pregnant women to steer clear. One of the easiest ways to do so is to limit your intake of tuna to less than 6 ounces per week.
- Radiation Ionizing radiation, such as that produced by X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans can potentially harm a developing fetus, particularly in the early weeks of pregnancy. Though many diagnostic tests will not cause a problem, doctors usually try to limit exposure to unnecessary radiation during pregnancy or take important precautions, such as using a lead apron, during medically necessary scans.