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August 8, 2018

If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant you should be concern about the use of pesticides and how to avoid pesticides during pregnancy.

As a matter of fact, this study undertaken by researchers at the Berkley School of Health in California, reveals that children that were exposed to pesticides during pregnancy have lower IQ.

This is a great reason for you to avoid pesticides.


Let’s look at some ways how pesticides can get into your body before we talk about avoiding them.

• Inhalation:

Spraying cans that have a high-pressure mist or vapor will significantly increase your chance of inhaling the droplets because the droplets can stay in the air for a long time.

• Ingestion:

This may be the least form of exposure, but still, it can result in severe poisoning, if not careful. Several reports have been made about people who have accidentally ingested pesticides because of unlabelled bottles or eating foods that were sprayed with pesticides.

Also, forgetting to wash hands after handling pesticides increases ingestion.

• Skin Absorption:

Skin absorption is one of the most common forms of exposure. You can get in contact with pesticides by touching surfaces, or equipment that have pesticide residues.

While pregnant you must do everything that is right to keep you and your baby safe. Avoiding pesticides is one such measure.


Here is what you can do:

• Wash fruits and vegetables

According to the Environmental Working Group, 70% of grown fruits and vegetables have more than 200 different pesticides. This is why it is important to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly.

The Clean 15 list published by the EWG will help you to choose fruits and vegetables that are lowest in pesticide residues.

• Wash hands before eating

To prevent any chance of ingesting pesticide, wash your hands regularly especially before eating.

• Buy organic foods

Look for the U.S. Department of Agriculture certified organic label when buying organic foods. If your budget does not allow you to buy organic you can always go back to the Clean 15 list, mentioned above, to avoid buying foods filled with pesticides.

Avoid mixing and applying pesticides

If you must use pesticides, ask someone to assist. Because you are pregnant, it is better to avoid mixing and applying pesticides.

You can also control specific pest without the use of pesticides. For example, ants. The Journal of Pesticide Reform outlines several ways of controlling ants without using pesticides, read it here.


Remember, exposure to pesticides when pregnant may result in serious health issues. Take care of you and your baby!


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