The birth of a child is a highly anticipated moment. It’s the culmination of months of preparation, patience, and dare I say it, resisting temptation. Everything from coloring your hair, to eating sushi, to drinking alcohol is put on hold the moment you find out you’re pregnant. Here’s another “no-no” to add to your list: artificial fragrances.
A study by the Environmental Working Group revealed 232 contaminants in the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborn American babies. Synthetic musks, common components of fragrance, were found in 7 of the blood samples.
These results are significant because artificial fragrances are toxic and have been linked to developmental illness, infertility, even birth defects and cancer.
What’s even more disturbing is due to labeling laws, the ingredients in fragrance products are considered “trade secrets,” and do not need to be disclosed.
If you’re pregnant –or planning on it—here are some precautionary measures you can take:
- Choose products free of synthetic fragrance.
- Make your own cosmetics. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has great recipes.
- Be proactive. Contact the manufactures of your favorite lotions, perfumes, and lip balms, and encourage them to use non-toxic ingredients and to fully disclose this information on labels.
As wonderful as it is to look and smell nice, consider the risks of the products you’re using and their effect on your newborn. By forgoing those toxic perfumes, you’ll be able to enjoy that new baby smell even more.
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