Pregnancy Safety: Perfluorinated Chemicals

Perfluorinated chemicals, also known as PFCs, are used in so many everyday household items it's almost impossible to avoid exposure. They're in food packaging, pesticides, and personal care products as well as carpets, clothing, and upholstery. ... 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 »

Oil and Gas Fracking Likely Threat to Human Reproduction

Scientists recently published the findings of a study of fracking’s effect on humans, along with the conclusion that oil and gas fracking is likely to endanger human reproduction. ... 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 »

Toxic Chemicals Found in Childcare Centers

Some of these flame-retardant chemicals added to furniture cause neurodevelopmental delays and others are hormone disruptors. ... read more »

Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy

Under normal lifestyle and dietary conditions, the level of exposure of most women to individual environmental chemicals will probably pose minimal risk to the developing fetus/baby. ... read more »

Phthalates: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Phthalates are thought to be endocrine disrupters that are difficult to hide from. Toiletries and cosmetics are laced with them. ... read more »

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals EDC and Pregnancy

Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC) are synthetic chemicals that when absorbed into the body either mimics or blocks hormones and disrupt the body's normal functions. ... 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 »

Garden Fertilizer During Pregnancy

Growing a garden filled with flowers, or fruits and vegetables is also a healthy way to tend to your nesting needs when you are pregnant. However, if you are using fertilizer in your garden, you need to be aware of some gardening hazards during pregnancy. ... read more »

Is It Safe To Change My Cat’s Litter While I’m Pregnant?

It’s a dilemma for every cat owner…what do you do when you get pregnant? Most doctors advise you not to change the cat litter, and for a very good reason. ... 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 »

‘No More Tears’ Baby Shampoo Now Has No Formaldehyde, Either

Consumer demand has prompted Johnson & Johnson to change the formula used to make its 'No More Tears' baby shampoo. The biggest change is that formaldehyde will no longer be a part of the product. ... read more »

Limit Household Bleach for Healthier Children

Many parents turn to chlorine bleach for the cleanest clean but a new study indicates children are healthier when the use of household bleach is limited. ... read more »

Arsenic: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Arsenic, described as notoriously poisonous to multicellular life, is a common groundwater contamination that affects millions of people worldwide. Contamination is strongest near mining operations. ... read more »

Perchlorate: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Perchlorate is a naturally occurring salt that is used to manufacture airbag inflation systems, fireworks, matches, and rocket fuel. Groundwater is the main source of perchlorate around the world. ... read more »

Mercury: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Human exposure to mercury comes through the air and the diet. Exposure threatens male and female reproductive health and poses profound neurological risks to a developing fetus. ... read more »

Dioxins: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Ninety percent of human exposure to dioxins comes from the food supply.As with humans, dioxins accumulate in a food animal's fatty tissues.Meat and dairy products, fish and shellfish are the mostdioxin-contaminated foods in the global food supply. ... read more »

Fire Retardants: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

The use of fire retardants in the American furniture industry is similar to a double-edged sword: they probably do prevent a certain degree of fires but they do so with environmental toxins that create their own set of ills. ... read more »

Glycol Ethers: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Glycol ethers comprise a large group of solvents used industrially and in the home. The aromas emitted by glycol ether compounds run the gamut from odorless to quite strong. One form of glycol ether many women are familiar with is acetate-based nail polish remover. ... read more »