4 Prenatal Health Dangers in the Home

By Lilian Presti on April 22, 2015

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Most pregnant women think of their homes as their sanctuary, a place where they can rest and prepare for the arrival of their new baby. What many of these same women do not consider is that their sanctuary could be dangerous to their own health and to the health of their unborn child. Out of the 85,000 chemicals in the U.S. marketplace, only a small fraction have ever been tested for their chronic impacts to human health, let alone prenatal health.

Avoiding contact with perilous chemicals is critical during pregnancy as many of them can easily pass through the placenta and umbilical cord and ultimately harm the baby. The health risk from these compounds is higher for fetuses as they are still developing their vital organs and tissues. If a pregnant woman is regularly exposed to hazardous substances, her child may be at a greater risk of developing learning disabilities, allergies, respiratory issues, birth defects, and even certain forms of cancer.

Since the average home in North America contains dozens if not hundreds of harmful chemicals and heavy metals, it is important to be informed about where these toxic elements may be hiding so you can remove and replace them quickly.

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By Lilian Presti| April 22, 2015
Categories:  Nest
Keywords:  Natural Prenatal

About the Author

Lilian Presti

Lilian Presti

Lilian is a registered holistic nutritionist who has worked in the nutrition and corporate wellness fields for the over a decade. She teaches pediatric nutrition, delivers corporate and public nutrition seminars, runs a weight-loss program, does one-on-one nutritional counseling and writes on nutrition and wellness topics.

Since having her son Noa, Lilian has taken a keen interest in educating mom’s to be and new parents about proper nutrition during these special periods. Lilian has been featured in Elle Magazine, Flare, Today’s Bride and The Weekly Scoop, MSN/Sympatico’s Weight Loss Challenge and appeared on City TV.

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