All expectant mothers want to deliver a healthy child; hence they take every bit of precautions about the health and safety of the unborn baby. And it is a fact that if you want to take care of your baby’s health, you will have to take care of your own health.
If you are healthy and free from any disorder, there is a greater chance of delivering a healthy baby.
However, some environmental agents can cause harm to pregnant women as well the unborn child.Some harmful environmental agents for pregnancy are discussed below.
Environmental factors include what you are exposed to, inhale, handle, or consume during the period of your pregnancy. Some of these environmental factors cause significant harm to a fetus, particularly when the expectant mother is exposed for a longer time.
Hair dye and perms may contain some chemicals that may be harmful to the developing fetus. You should wear gloves while using these products. You should not leave the solution for a longer time on your head. You should try to limit your exposure to these products.
It is essential for you to take precautions against ticks and mosquitoes. These insects increase your risk of Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. Hence avoid these insects by spending less time outdoors especially at dusk and dawn. You can also use an insect repellent or wear protective clothing.
Insecticides and herbicides sprays are extensively used in farming areas, in residential locations, and along roadsides. Presence of these insecticides and herbicides in food and air has been linked to birth defects and miscarriage.
During your pregnancy, you should avoid long-term and frequent exposure to these harmful chemicals. Before consuming fruits and vegetables, you must wash them thoroughly to get rid of pesticides.
Microwave radiation can pose risk and affect the health of the fetus adversely. Hence do not stand near and very close to your microwave while it runs.
And you should make sure that your microwave doesn’t leak.Pregnant women should avoid traveling by air at higher altitudes and closer to the poles of the earth.
While using saunas and hot tubs, you should keep the temperature below fever level, otherwise it may impair the development of fetus.
Some other harmful environmental agents for pregnancy are x-rays, electric blankets, mercury-rich fishes, unpasteurized milk products, cat litter, paint fumes, noise, lead, and varnishes.