Thursday, December 29, 2011

How to avoid pesticides during pregnancy

A Yahoo News report shows pregnant women who have a pesticide called DDE or DDT in their body are more likely to have children with lung infections and wheezing. The chemicals were used years ago to kill malaria in mosquitoes, but they were soon banned in the U.S. The problem is the chemicals will still exist in the environment for years. So how do you keep your unborn baby safe from this pesticide? Read the suggestion below in red.

FROM YAHOO NEWS: A new report links remnants of a once-common pesticide to lung infections and wheezing in kids exposed to the chemical before birth.

Known as DDE, the compound is a broken-down form of the harmful pesticide DDT and is found in many places around the world. It is absorbed into a person's body when they eat contaminated food or breathe contaminated dust.

Martine Vrijheid, associate professor at the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Spain, told Reuters Health by email, it's hard to avoid chemicals like DDT and DDE, which are stored in fat and found in higher concentrations at the top of the food chain.

"One way of reducing exposure is by reducing the consumption of fatty foods and increasing the consumption of vegetables and fruits," she said. "This does not mean we should stop eating meat, yogurts or certain types of fish, but just that we should have (a balanced) diet.

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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