Harmful Effects of Pesticides on Pregnancy

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Harmful Effects of Pesticides on Pregnancy

While Pregnancy is one of the countless blessings in life, important measures have to be taken to cherish this opportunity. For example, exposure to pesticides can cause birth defects, miscarriages, birth defects and lower IQ levels. Playing it safe when not pregnant is fundamental, but a woman who is pregnant or soon to be pregnant is subject to extra care. Regular pesticide exposure can occur in the principal weeks before a woman understands she's pregnant and those first weeks are the most hazardous time for exposure to pesticides.

All pesticides have a considerable amount of toxic chemicals and exposure to it poses risk during pregnancy. The risk relies upon the toxicity level of pesticides and the amount of the pesticide you and the infant are exposed to during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, the infant's mind, nervous system, and organs are growing quickly and can be more vulnerable to the lethal impacts of pesticides. Along these lines, it is essential to limit exposure to pesticides during pregnancy. Early exposures to natural synthetic compounds can bring about inconspicuous changes that influence the growth and the effects are witnessed later in a kid's advancement.

These unobtrusive changes that happen during fetal advancement and in early youth contribute not only to unfriendly neurodevelopmental and social changes but also to grown-up ailments, including obesity and neurodegenerative ailments like Parkinson's and Alzheimer  malady. This is the reason it is imperative to limit the exposure of pesticides early in a child's life.

During the principal trimester (3 months) of pregnancy, the sensory system is quickly developing in your infant, so you unquestionably need to stay away from the contact of pesticides during this time.

What issues would pesticides be able to cause during pregnancy?

Pregnant women are exposed to pesticides when they eat fruits or vegetables sprayed with pesticides, inhaling them while breathing or absorbing them through the skin. Here are a few effects of pesticides during pregnancy:

  • Birth defects:- During the primary semester of pregnancy, the sensory system of embryo is quickly growing. So, exposure to poisonous substances is harmful in the early weeks of pregnancy.
  • Hindrance in the ability to learn in later stages of life.
  • Low birth weight (under 2500gms)
  • Abortion/Miscarriage(end of a pregnancy before 20 weeks of pregnancy)
  • Premature birth

The best solution is to abstain from utilizing pesticides or bug sprays in-home, on pests, or in the garden lawn during pregnancy, particularly keep up a strategic distance from them during the first trimester when the infant's nervous system is developing.

How Pregnant Women Can Reduce the Risk to Pesticides:

  • Washing hands with a natural sanitizer/hand wash before and after ingesting food.
  • Cleaning all fruits and vegetables thoroughly under running water before cooking or eating.
  • Cooking vegetables especially green leafy vegetables.
  • Eating organic foods( foods that are free of pesticides).
  • Eating fresh fruits and vegetables every time.
  • cutting unnecessary fat from meat and skin from poultry, (such as chicken, turkey) and fish.
  • Avoid spending time around agricultural areas where the use of pesticides and  insecticides are common.
  • Peeling fruits and vegetables before eating.
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