Toxins and Pregnancy
You're finally pregnant – and the world seems fraught with dangers. Here's a guide to help you navigate through the legitimate concerns and the baseless worries.
"Use caution with any exposure in the first trimester and moderation
throughout the second or third," advises Chambliss. "Communicate
clearly to your physician anything you're taking, including prescriptions, home
remedies, [over-the-counter] medications, vitamins, and alternative medicines.
Also mention exposure to occupational chemicals."
If you're in doubt about a particular drug or substance, ask the doctor.
Ideally, you should talk to your doc about the medications you're taking and
other concerns before becoming pregnant so you can make any necessary changes.
There are dietary supplements - like folic acid - that are best started before
pregnancy. And some toxins can linger in the body even if you end your