Prenatal Development and Chemical Exposure

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It’s scary to think about how many toxins are out there in the world, believe me I know. If it isn’t one thing it’s another—pesticides in our food, pollutants in our air, chemicals in our tap water—but what if it wasn’t just you that you had to worry about?

If you or someone you know is expecting, you’ll want to check out this website: The Endocrine Disruption Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to studying the effects of low-dose exposure to harmful chemicals called “endocrine disruptors” on fetal development and human health. Endocrine disruptors are like imposters in your body, and they basically act like hormones and interfere with normal physiological function.

On their website is an amazing interactive chart that shows the effects of three common endocrine-disrupting chemicals—bisphenol A (BPA), dioxins, and phthalates—during each week of fetal development, and they plan to add more chemicals to the chart as they continue to analyze the available scientific evidence.

It may seem a little too technical at first, but the visual is really neat. When you click on a specific chemical, it shows you just how low of a dose of that chemical can affect the healthy development of a baby in the womb. They even provide a summary of each study so you can learn more. Be sure to check it out!

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  • Gloria

    Excellent resource! Can’t wait to tell our readers about it on our Naturepedic blog ( We make baby crib mattresses that don’t contain any harmful chemicals, but we have also been keeping our readers updated on the research regarding the effects of chemicals on unborn children. One study found no less that 287 chemicals in the umbilical cords of newborns. Expectant mothers, or those who are planning on getting pregnant, need to start early to clean out their bodies so their children get off to a healthy start. This chart makes it abundantly clear. Thanks!

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