It is important to prepare a home for the arrival of a little one, and considering household dangers during pregnancy is key for establishing a safe environment for your baby. Outlined below are some ideas for getting you started on protecting you and your family from common household toxins.
First consider a baby’s nursery. As many families work to prepare a special place just for baby they also anticipate decorating which often includes painting. Opt for a non-toxic paint, and if your home was built before 1978 have the walls checked for asbestos. A crib remains another nursery essential. When purchasing a mattress for your infant avoid products made of vinyl, PVC, and polyurethane foam to prevent your child’s exposure to PBDE flame-retardants. Secondly, evaluate your cosmetics and refrain from products containing Parabens, Phthalataes, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate, 1, 4 Dioxane, Polythlene Glycol PEG/PPG, Propylene Glycol, Triclosan, or Oxybenzone. For nail polish make sure it’s DBP, formaldehyde, and toluene-free as these chemicals are associated with fetal development issues. Did you know that pregnant women exposed to chemicals found in bleach, air fresheners, and other harsh cleaning products are 41 percent more likely to have an asthmatic child? The best way to avoid such exposure is to elect for natural cleaning products like those made by Shaklee, Seventh Generation, Method, and Mrs. Meyers. Don’t forget to check the air quality of your home as well. When weather is nice open as many windows as possible or purchase an air filter. See to it that pets are groomed regularly to reduce dander, and dust often with additional consideration to drapes and carpets as they are especially known for trapping dust. It is also highly recommended to investment in a water purifier to include a faucet attachment or pitcher with filter. And speaking of water… eliminating moisture in areas prone to dampness can prevent mold development. If this is of concern to you then a dehumidifier or overhead vent may be ideal. Finally, plastics are items to keep under scrutiny. Avoid those labeled 7 and 3 on the recycling symbol. You may want to keep a list of safe plastics: #1PETE, #2 HDPE, #4 LDPE and # 5PP.
Many mothers who are concerned about toxin exposure and interested in breastfeeding find a closed system electric breast pump to be of value. A closed system maintains breast milk integrity by eliminating exposure to air while pumping. This keeps milk free of environmental contaminants such as dust and pet dander. Brands like Ameda and Hygeia operate by way of a closed system. Visit aeroflowmomandbaby.com to view these products and more. Submitting your information through the “Qualify through Insurance” tab will allow the experts at Aeroflow Healthcare to evaluate your policy benefits to see if an electric breast pump will be covered by your insurance!