Pregnant women and expecting families beware: your prenatal vitamins might not be as good for your unborn baby as you think.
Prenatal vitamins are meant to improve a baby’s development by providing important nutrients to the mother. Supplements containing folic acid, iron, and calcium are considered especially essential to expecting mothers! However, a recent study has shown that these same prenatal vitamins might have detrimental effects on both mother and child.
The study, published in the Toxicology Reports journal, tested 27 leading prenatal vitamins for potential toxic contamination. The toxins researchers were testing for can have serious health consequences not only for the infant but for the mother as well. You’ll be shocked at what they found.
Of 51 samples, all of them contained lead. That’s right, lead! Almost half of them (20) had lead levels that were higher than accepted toxicity standards. One of the samples even had eight times more lead than the amount that’s considered standard. In case you didn’t know, lead can cause serious harm to a fetus, including brain damage, premature birth, or death. You don’t want to ingest lead during pregnancy – but it may be in your prenatal vitamins.
If you didn’t think it could get much worse, it does. Three of the samples actually had arsenic present at unsafe levels. And every single sample (all of them!) had toxic heavy metal contamination from sources like aluminum, nickel, titanium, and thallium. Overall, more than half the prenatal vitamins tested had unacceptable and unsafe levels of toxins.
While all of this information is extremely scary, especially if you’re an expecting mother, it’s important to educate yourself on the potential dangers in your environment. Many people believe that prenatal vitamins are universally healthy, but as you can see, that’s not the case. Make sure you do your research on any prenatal vitamins, supplements, medicines, or other healthcare products you may use during pregnancy. The best thing you can do for yourself and for your future child is educate yourself!
In general, when taking prenatal vitamins, you should look for a balanced mix of folic acid, iron, calcium, Vitamins D and B complex. Avoid supplements that list inactive ingredients like artificial dyes, synthetic flavors, parabens, and chemicals like propylene glycol and polyethylene glycol. The ideal prenatal vitamins should only be made with clean inactive ingredients – just like your medicines!
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