May is Pregnancy Awareness Month — a month of events and media that celebrate this special time in a woman’s life. The activities this year are being kicked off with the 6th Annual Signature Pregnancy Awareness Month™ Event on Sunday May 5th from noon to 4 p.m. in Santa Monica. Dr. Greene is speaking at the kick-off event. In honor of this important month, we are re-publishing five posts by founder Anna Getty. Originally posted May 2009.
I recently learned that on average babies are being born with over 200 chemicals in their systems. This was learned by studying the cord blood of newborns. This is not meant to scare you, although it may. This bit of information is meant to get you to be proactive at any stage of parenthood, whether you are deciding to conceive, are recently pregnant, about to give birth, or have young children already. It is not too late to get proactive, to educate yourself and make different choices.
For example, I am often told that eating small amounts of tuna during ones pregnancy is safe. Well, The Environmental Working Group recommends that women of child bearing age and young children under 5 do not eat any albacore tuna at all. Most albacore has very high levels of mercury. My doctor often asks me, “if I were to hand you a class half-full of poison and a glass full of poison, which would you drink?” My response is always a resolute, “neither.” So why chance it with fish when you have a vulnerable developing baby growing inside you?
Another study recently revealed that some infant formula has the ingredient perchlorate found in rocket fuel. Again, the point is not to terrify you but to remind us that we are indeed living in a toxic world and it is up to each and everyone of us to do our research and seek out reliable sources to help us decipher the toxic from the healthy.
Eat organic food whenever possible, get rid of beauty products and household cleaners filled with chemicals and begin to take care of the temple that your body is. We will pass our good health onto our children.
P.S. Pick up a copy of Sara Snow’s Fresh Living: The Essential Room-by-Room guide to a Greener, Healthier Family and Home.
P.P.S And of course the new paper back addition of Healthy Child Healthy World by Christopher Gavigan.