Exposure to BPA May Decrease Fertility in Women

The chemical BPA may cause infertility in women, according to a new study by Brigham and Women's Hospitals (BWM). The study, published online in the journal Human Reproduction, is the first research of its kind. ... read more »

Exposure to Pesticides Linked to Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects about 10 percent of women during their reproductive years. A new study shows a link between endometriosis and two pesticides once used widely in the U.S. for pest control and agriculture. ... read more »

Baby Wipes May Be Cause of Persistent Rash

Moms everywhere have come to rely on products like baby wipes for infants and wet wipes for older children as an easy, convenient way to add an extra layer of cleanliness to a messy situation. ... read more »

Lead: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Lead has a reputation for being the bad boy of environmental toxins but many people don't know why. The chemical structure of lead is similar to calcium, therefore it is stored in the bones and teeth, right alongside calcium. ... read more »

Pregnancy Safety: Organophosphate Pesticides

Once nerve agents of chemical warfare, organophosphates are now commonly used in agricultural pesticides that dust many of our industrial crops and are commonly used in home gardens, too. ... read more »

Personal Care Products Pose Risk to Babies

Shampoos, lotions, and other baby care products expose babies and toddlers to potentially harmful substances at a great rate, according to a new study. ... read more »

Pregnant Women and West Virginia Chemical Spill Impact

More than 300,000 residents of West Virginia have been unable to use the tap water running into their homes, workplaces, restaurants, schools, and elsewhere. ... read more »

Breastfeed to Reduce Baby’s Arsenic Exposure

Researchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, have just presented another reason why breastfeeding is so beneficial to babies: it lowers babies’ exposure to arsenic. ... read more »

Vision Affected by Chemicals in Water

Researchers have found a chemical in water that may damage the vision of your unborn child if you come in contact with the chemical during pregnancy. The chemical is called tetrachloroethylene or PCE. ... read more »

If You Work in Cosmetology, Beware of Risks

Chemicals found in the kitchen, in the air, and even in foods are all harmless for normal use, but become extremely hazardous for a developing baby in the womb. ... read more »

Your Clean Home May be Affecting Your Fertility

What if the cleaning supplies you use to make your home presentable are causing your fertility problems? ... read more »

The Morning Sickness Mystery

I’ve only ever had one friend that never experienced morning sickness, but even she and her doctor were amazed, especially because she was a high risk pregnancy. ... read more »

Do Not Trust Mr. Yuk

Before a toddler knows what’s poisonous and what’s not, there needs to be a way to warn them easily. That’s when Mr. Yuk was designed. ... read more »

Newborns and Nail Salons

On a recent shopping trip with my family I walked past a nail salon and nonchalantly looked inside. There, sitting on her mother’s lap, was a tiny little newborn dressed in pink. The mother was having a pedicure. Her newborn looked no more than a few weeks old. ... read more »

Printers, Ink, and Toners During Pregnancy

If your job includes close proximity to a printer or requires touching toner and ink, will that harm your baby? What about our home printers and copiers? ... read more »

Paint and Paint Fumes During Pregnancy

Water-based paints or latex paints pose no increased reproductive risk because they have low volatility. However, solvent-based paints and old paintwork (which may contain traces of lead) may pose a greater risk. ... read more »

Dryer Sheets And Pregnancy

Dryer sheets are slathered in chemicals, which do have the potential to transform with the extreme heat of the dryer. You want to be extra careful when you’re pregnant but do you have to stop using dryer sheets? ... read more »

Study shows no problem of air pollution and pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you are always worrying about what could have a negative effect on your child’s development. Everything you eat, drink and do could affect your baby, and you don’t want to do anything to cause it harm. ... read more »

Lowering IQs One Chemical and C-Section at a Time

In a previous blog post I talked about C-sections versus vaginal births and the impact of that decision on brain and mental development of offspring. In short, children born vaginally get a brain boost compared to children born via C-section. ... read more »

Women Still Exposed to Organic Solvents

Despite warnings about potential birth defect risks associated with chemical solvents, women are still putting their pregnancies at risk by working with these chemicals. ... read more »

Is Your Stroller Causing Hyperactivity?

New parents take great care in choosing just the right stroller. They shop for comfort, ease of use and style, but what if after all that shopping and careful selection the stroller you chose caused serious health issues for your child? ... read more »

The Dangers of Hair Coloring during Pregnancy

What is so wrong about a pregnant woman dying her hair? Is this just more of pregnant women wanting to be true to themselves and embrace a “new” persona along with motherhood, or are there really dangers associated with hair coloring? ... read more »

Keep the Insects Away with Bug Spray

If you’re at the barbeque and start getting annoyed by mosquitos and pests, you’ll probably wonder whether or not using bug spray might harm your growing baby. ... read more »

5 Beauty Products to Stay Away from during Pregnancy

Is your daily beauty regime safe for your baby during pregnancy? While your pregnancy glow is the most beautiful makeup of all to wear during these months, you may not want to quit your skin and hair care routine altogether. ... read more »

An Everyday Chemical Could Inhibit Your Baby’s Intelligence

Whereas adults have strong immune systems, the developing fetus has not yet grown the systems and cells necessary to fight off disease. ... read more »

Why You Need to Keep VOCs Out of Your Nursery Paint

You’ve probably researched all there is to know about staying safe during your pregnancy around paint thinners, but you might be unaware of what the chemicals in common household paints might do to your baby once he or she is sleeping soundly in the crib. ... read more »

How to Minimize Your Baby’s Phthalates Exposure

For a while now, phthalates have been under scientific supervision for the potential harm they cause babies. Phthalates, though difficult to pronounce correctly, is in most of the household items we use every day. ... read more »

What New Moms Need to Know about New Manicures

There might be a few things you left out of your baby-proofing rampage. If you are or any of your family members are wearing nail polish, your baby could easily ingest some. ... read more »

Hairspray Is Especially Dangerous for Baby Boys

A few months back, I researched the side effects of cosmetic products on pregnant women. If you work in a salon, you need to be careful which types of products you handle because many contain toxins that are dangerous to a developing fetus. ... read more »

How to Safely Spray Air Freshener around Baby

Never spray  air freshener close enough to your infant so that it could be directly inhaled. There are usually phthalates in them, which are proven to have seriously negative effects on growing babies. ... read more »

How to Baby Proof Your Cleaning Supplies

Though the doctor said a single finger’s worth of toxic chemicals was no reason to rush to the emergency room, he did explain that any more could be fatal, and that my parents should try harder to keep me from getting any in my mouth. ... read more »

Try to Avoid Dust during Your Pregnancy

When you have a baby growing in your belly, it doesn’t feel like the air you breathe will have any affect on the developing fetus. Of course, the foods you eat and the beverages you drink go straight to your belly, so you’re extra careful about those. ... read more »