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Updated 14 September 2015

Pregnant? Toss those toxins

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Several environmental toxins have been shown to cross from a mother’s blood through the placenta, where they can affect on your unborn baby’s development.

It’s impossible to avoid pollutants entirely, but there are some measures you can take to reduce exposure.

Take action:
Avoid polluted environments, notably industrial areas and busy roads; avoid areas where people are smoking; renovating your home involves the use of several potentially harmful chemicals – put off renovations, or live somewhere else while they’re under way; reduce the chemical load in your home by cutting down on cleaning and ‘sanitising’ products – experiment by simply using less of a product less often, and harnessing the cleansing and disinfecting powers of fresh air and sunlight; eat only fat-free dairy products, and, if you eat meat, consider cutting down, and go for lean cuts – certain heavy metals and toxins accumulate in fatty tissue.

QUIZ: How many environmental villains can you identify?

 
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