As Mums we want what is best for our children, we protect, nurture and love them and this doesn't just start the day they are born. It starts from the very moment we discover our precious baby is growing inside of us.
But what if I told you that your baby was being polluted during pregnancy?
The umbilical cord that joins us to our unborn baby pulses with the equivalent of at least 300 quarts of blood each day, pumped back and forth from the nutrient- and oxygen-rich placenta to our growing baby cradled in a sac of amniotic fluid. This cord is a lifeline between you and your baby, bearing nutrients that sustain life and propel growth.
A study BODY BURDEN: THE POLLUTION IN NEWBORNS conducted in 2005 by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in collaboration with Commonweal, researchers at two major laboratories found an average of 200 industrial chemicals and pollutants in umbilical cord blood from 10 babies born in August and September of 2004 in U.S. hospitals. Tests revealed a total of 287 chemicals in the group.
Of the 287 chemicals they detected in umbilical cord blood, 180 can cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests. The dangers of pre- or post-natal exposure to this complex mixture of carcinogens, developmental toxins and neurotoxins have never been studied.
Our skins are the largest organs we have!! It is amazing! Our skin protects us and can absorb up to 60% of what we feed it topically, this is a huge benefit to help us be able to feed it with products that can help us heal from the outside in.
So this is what brings me to my first question....
Us mums are protective and caring of our offspring. We question everything regarding our children, education, food, etc and yet we still are continuing to apply and expose ourselves and our unborn children to products that contain these chemicals and not question it?
Daily women feed their skin with products jammed packed with ingredients that can cause us harm our babies and our unborn children??
Products such as :-
Stretch mark creams or oils
Nappy rash cream
These products contain ingredients that can cause and are linked to :-
interference male reproduction functions
developmental defects & changes to testes, prostatae and reduce sperm count
Some of these ingredients are:-
DBP- (also know as) Dibutyl Phthalate, Fragrance, PVC, DEP, parfum
DEA- (also know as) Diethanolamine, cocamide DEA, Lauramide DEA
Mineral oil - (also know as) paraffin
Petolatum - (also know as) mineral oil, petroleum distillates
PEGs - (also know as) Propylene glycol, 1,4-dioxane, ethylene oxide, polyethylene glycol
Talc although related to asbestos and has long been argued that is a potential carcinogenic is still used in many products such as deodorants, make-up, chalk, crayons and baby products. Recently Johnsons & Johnsons was ordered to pay $110 million after a US lady took them to court claiming their Talcum powder caused her ovarian cancer. And this is just the beginning with over 3000 lawsuits in progress.
Triclosan is a ingredient used as a preservative, antibacterial agent and antimicrobial it is found in products such as toothpaste, antibacterial products including soaps, cleaners etc. antibacterial wipes and sanitisers, deodorants, tissues, laundry powder, toys, clothing and more.
Triclosan has been linked with endocrine disruption, immune system assault, thyroid disruption, antibiotic resistance etc.
Recently the FDA ruled that Companies will no longer be able to market antibacterial washes with these ingredients because manufacturers did not demonstrate that the ingredients are both safe for long-term daily use and more effective than plain soap and water in preventing illness and the spread of certain infections. This is great however it is only regulated to hand washes and can still be used in all other products.
Sadly Australia has no ban on either of these ingredients and they are being continued to be used in many products that YOU are being exposed to, and absorbing everyday.
What can YOU do?
Check ingredient labels!! Choose a product with the least amount of ingredients, if you are unsure what the ingredient is, look it up.
If there are no ingredients listed or only the "Active ingredients" then contact the manufacturer to check if they won't indulge than look elsewhere... DO NOT take thier word for it.
Make your own!!
Why not use Raw, Organic ingredients & 100% pure Essential oils to create your own healthy, chemical free products & remedies for yourself and your baby. Make beautiful products that are easy and affordable as well as having the piece of mind of knowing exactly what is in your products and that you are providing the safest options for yourself and your family.
ESSENTIAL OILS ARE THEY SAFE? Some Essential oils are safe however always discuss with Obstetrician or doctor before using. Never use essential oils undiluted or take internally.
Bergamot—relaxes muscle spasms, mascle aches, emotional upset, cold sores , reduces fever
Geranium– soothes skin, haemorrhoids, varicose veins, nausea, emotions, acne
Ginger—eases nausea, heartburn, muscle pains, improves appetite, fights colds
Lavender—Eases anxiety and headache, induces sleep, soothes skin irritation, breast tenderness, muscle aches, helps prevent early labour, reduces allergies
Lemon—aides concentration, eases congestion, heartburn, nausea, constipation, reflux, varicose veins
Sandalwood—relaxes and calms, encourages deep sleep, soothes spasms and muscle cramps
Ylang Ylang– Eases depression, frustration, reduces blood pressure, preeclampsia, insomnia.
Other oils are:-
Nutmeg—May have hallucinogenic effects and react with pain relieving drugs during labour.
Rosemary—Thought to increase blood pressure, and may cause contractions.
Basil—thought to contribute to abnormal cell development.
Jasmine and Clary Sage—May trigger contractions.
Sage and Rose—May cause bleeding in Uterus (womb).
Juniper Berry—May affect your kidneys.
Other oils to avoid:-
Laurel, Angelica, Thyme, Cumin, Aniseed, Citronella, and cinnamon leaf should also be avoided as they could stimulate contractions.
We all know that aside from our kids the next most precious thing to us is time (maybe sleep too) so all most mums turn their nose up at DIY but all of my recipes take less than 5 minutes to make.
I know you want to limit your children's exposure because I have been where you are now, that is why I started my chemical free journey. So lets start your journey today and I can help you make your first change one step at a time.
I have spent 10 years perfecting recipes such as Belly Butter, powder, Bottom balm, vapour rub etc. so that I can provide a chemical free environment for my children and I would love to share this journey with you.
If you have any questions, feedback or need some support on where to start your chemical free journey please contact me I would love to hear from you.
What YOU can is enough!
***Always patch test before use.
***These statements have not been evaluated by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration and The Clean Living Clinics product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.