One for friends who are (or who are trying to get) pregnant …

Are you pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant? You’re most likely taking a folate supplement because that little pill can mean a world of benefit to your baby’s wellbeing. And if you’re feeling off colour, maybe you’re thinking twice before taking anti-nausea medication, a painkiller or antihistamine or other drugs, because they might harm to the life growing within you.

It’s a good decision to be careful with what you put in your body, because when we’re talking biochemistry and physiology, a little can go a long, long way… This is demonstrated clearly by Nuvaring, one type of contraceptive pill. The dose is just 0.035 parts per billion (ppb or 10-9). It’s amazing to think that such a small dose is enough to render a woman temporarily infertile, with potential side effects including headaches, abdominal cramps and bloating, breast tenderness and enlargement, nausea, changes in appetite, dizziness, vomiting and depression.

It’s also a good decision to think carefully about what you put ON your body too, because some of the chemicals in the products you apply to your skin end up in your bloodstream. While the placenta is helpful for providing a level of protection for your growing baby, it isn’t perfect. As mentioned here, there’s a study babies are born already with an average of 200 chemicals of concern in their bloodstream, with consumer products being the probable source of some of these chemicals.

Many ingredients used in personal care products are known or suspected hormone disruptors, for example phthalates (a common component of artificial fragrance). Phthalates are known to cross the placenta and can also pass into breast milk. If you search through reputable sources such as papers by the World Health Organisation, you’ll discover that phthalates are linked to – among other things – childhood leukaemia, childhood asthma and deformities of the penis in baby boys.

In personal care products, some ingredients go hand-in-hand with contaminants. For example, ethoxylated ingredients may be contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogen. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reported a survey finding levels of 1,4-dioxane ranging from 1.5-12 parts per million (ppm or 10-6) in baby and children’s products and 2-23 ppm in adult products. Remembering that Nuvaring is effective at just 0.035 parts per billion, it’s reasonable to question whether it’s acceptable to have a known carcinogen in your skincare in concentrations that may be several orders of magnitude greater.

To get started on learning more about how to understand product ingredients lists, take a look here.

If your life is crazy busy with no time to look things up right now, yet you want to be sure that you’re using products that are completely free from worry, then simply choose Y natural. You’ll be very happy – because even if your decision was based on what’s not in Y natural, you’ll get the amazing skin benefits of what is in Y natural.

By the way, we have posted other information relevant to babies that will be of interest to you here. It’s worth taking a look!

For products suitable for your baby, look here.

For yourself, look at the main headings across the top of website. Under the heading of “Which”, you can find what’s right for normal, dry, oily, mature and combination skin.

With warmest wishes to you at this exciting time,
Barbara xx

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