Does Your Womb Need a Good Detox?

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Dr. Oz was on Good Morning America earlier this week and he had some great tips for how pregnant women can avoid exposing their babies to toxins while in the womb.

It's timely information since just yesterday the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a new report about pollution in newborns.


It found 232 toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of 10 minority newborns, and for the first time, bisphenol-A (BPA) was documented in human cord blood. BPA has been linked to cancer, reproductive abnormalities, diabetes, asthma, obesity, learning disabilities, and behavior problems. And that's just one of the chemicals the scientists found.

While the sample of 10 babies is too small to know what the nationwide effects are, experts say the research is hard new evidence that our kids are being exposed to all kinds of dangerous substances that can have lifelong consequences—starting in the womb. (Click here for the full report.)

Here's what Dr. Oz recommended:

1. Check your plastic. Only eat and drink out of plastic containers with a 2 or a 4 on the bottom of the container near the recycling symbol.

2. Use safer microwaving. When reheating foods, avoid using containers meant to store cold foods—margarine tubs, cottage cheese and yogurt cartons, for example.

3. Avoid phthalates. Many personal care products including makeup and fragrances contain phthalates. It's not usually listed on the ingredient label so your safest bet is to skip fragrances altogether, and choose organic and natural beauty products.

4. Cut back on caffeine, which limits blood-flow to the placenta. Take in no more than 200 milligrams a day.

5. Take supplements. Dr. Oz recommends 400 milligrams a day of folic acid, omega 3 fatty acid found in fish oil supplements  and a prenatal multivitamin—even when you're just trying to conceive.

Are you concerned about exposing your baby to day-to-day chemicals? What kind of precautions do you take, if any?


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