Miscarriages are heartbreaking. Planned or not planned, you still experience a loss. Expecting a baby changes how you look at everything, so when you lose a baby, your whole world seems to fall apart. I personally experienced two early miscarriages often referred to as a “chemical pregnancies” or “not sticky pregnancies.” It’s so hard. I had everything I thought my future would be ripped away from me twice. Because of these losses, I dove into research trying to make sense of my loss. I stumbled upon some research that I had never heard of and started learning about what in our environments can cause miscarriages.
“About 1/3 to 1/2 of all pregnancies end in miscarriage before a woman misses a menstrual period or even knows she is pregnant. About 10 to 20% of women who know they are pregnant will miscarry.”https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9688-miscarriage
Please note this information is in no way intended to shame anyone. We can only know what we’ve been made aware of and do our best with that information. My hope for this article is that it helps future mamas avoid the heart ache of a miscarriage. Be aware everyone deals with loss differently and my way of coping with the emotions is research.
The medical field is quick to blame women for their infertility using terms like “incompetent cervix” and “hormonal abnormalities,” but fail to note why we may be experiencing these things. I call BS. WOMEN ARE NOT AT FAULT FOR MISCARRIAGES OR INFERTILITY. The toxic environment and products we are being pushed to use are the cause.
“In 2011, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) researcher Tracey Woodruff and colleagues reported finding traces of dozens of harmful chemicals in 99 percent or more of the 268 pregnant women whose urine they analyzed; among them were organochlorine pesticides, perchlorate, phthalates and cancer-causing compounds found in vehicle exhaust and smoke.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/environmental-toxins-are-seen-as-posing-risks-during-pregnancy/2018/08/03/770fab98-7643-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html
It’s important to understand how genetics, illness, and our environment all interact to affect how we function. The key to the interactions is epigenetics. Once we are conceived, our genes are set in place. However, our genes can be turned on or off at any point in our life (or in utero). Epigenetics is how our genes are expressed and gene expression can be altered by our environment. You can have no hormonal imbalances or family history of infertility but then be exposed to certain chemicals that will cause infertility (whether a result of epigenetics or toxic abortion).
Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself.
Toxic abortion is a medical phenomenon of spontaneous abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth caused by toxins in the environment of the mother during pregnancy, especially as caused by toxic environmental pollutants.
A pregnant woman with a water bottle in hand is supposed to be a picture of health. We believe we’re doing right by our babies by staying hydrated, yet we are not being told of the risks that come with the treated water and water bottles.
“Drinking five or more glasses of cold tap water per day could increase the risk of miscarriage to women in their first trimester, according to a large-scale study of chlorinated drinking water by California state researchers.”https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1998-feb-10-mn-17476-story.html
Chlorine is linked to a number of health issues such as cancer, asthma, and skin damage, yet it is used to treat water. Chlorine is a toxin in the body and can cause toxic abortion.
“Leading up to and during pregnancy, women are told to avoid alcohol and cigarettes, to make sure they get enough folate and omega-3 fatty acids, and to get adequate sleep and exercise. Most are told little or nothing about reducing their exposure to chemicals despite evidence suggesting that ingredients in plastics, vehicle exhaust and cosmetics additives can have profound impacts on babies’ health.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/environmental-toxins-are-seen-as-posing-risks-during-pregnancy/2018/08/03/770fab98-7643-11e8-9780-b1dd6a09b549_story.html
“Although most chemicals in cosmetics pose little or no risk, some have been linked to serious health problems, including cancer, reproductive and neurological harm, and developmental delays. Cosmetic chemicals enter the body through the skin, inhalation, ingestion and internal use, and pose the same risks as food chemicals. In addition to the risks posed by intentionally added ingredients, cosmetics can be contaminated with heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel.”
“Researchers concluded that women who had high levels of BPA in their blood were at significantly increased risk of miscarriage compared to women with the lowest levels.”https://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/health/bpa-miscarriage-phthalates-fertility/index.html
Unless plastics or metal note that they are BPA free, you can assume they contain BPA.
See above for the research on phthalates.
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You can also remove chlorine from your water by leaving it in an open container at room temperature for a few days, using a UV light, or boiling your water for 20+ minutes.
Are there any other toxins that need to be avoided during pregnancy that I haven’t mentioned? Has your medical provider ever mentioned these dangers? Any tips for other mamas and future mamas?
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