Posts Tagged ‘environmental exposures’

Wash your fruits and veggies

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

eggplantWhen I was pregnant, I couldn’t seem to get enough eggplant. Whether it was sautéed, grilled, roasted or breaded, I had to have it! And since eggplant falls into the veggies section of the choose myplate, I often indulged my craving. When preparing veggies or fruits, I made sure to wash them thoroughly.

Recent studies in Environmental Health Perspectives found that for some pregnant women, being in contact with pesticides during pregnancy may affect their baby’s brain development in childhood. Pesticides are sometimes used on crops to protect them from insects and other organisms. Pesticides can be found in soil or on certain foods like fresh fruits and veggies.

However, don’t shy away from fruits and veggies!  It’s important to get plenty of veggies and a fruits in your meals, especially if you’re pregnant. If you’re concerned about the pesticides on your fruits and veggies, just be sure to clean them well before eating or cooking, even if you plan on peeling the food. If you prefer to buy organic, that’s fine, too.

Toy trucks and pajama sets recalled

Friday, December 11th, 2009

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling Super Rigs Play Sets because the toy trucks’ paint coating contains lead. Lead is a very strong poison that can be very harmful to children. The toys were sold between September and November 2009. Learn more about the toy truck recall.

The CPSC is also recalling Little Miss Matched Girls Pajama Sets because the clothing doesn’t meet federal children’s sleepwear flammability standards. The sleepwear can pose a risk of burn injury to kids. The pajama sets were sold in the U.S. between March 2008 and July 2009. Learn more about the pajama sets recall.

9 questions to ask your provider before you get pregnant

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

There are things you can do, before you get pregnant, to help give your baby a better chance of a healthy and full-term birth. See your health care provider before pregnancy and ask about the following topics.

What do I need to know about…

1. Diabetes, high blood pressure, infections or other health problems?
2. Medicines or home remedies?
3. Taking a multivitamin pill with folic acid in it each day?
4. Getting to a healthy weight before pregnancy?
5. Smoking, drinking alcohol and taking illegal drugs?
6. Unsafe chemicals or other things I should stay away from at home or at work?
7. Taking care of myself and lowering my stress?
8. How long to wait between pregnancies?
9. My family history, including premature birth?