Pregnant or Intend To Be Pregnant? You MUST Read This!

Pregnant or Intend To Be Pregnant?

Here is a scary thought parents……

Can you imagine that the chemicals in products you consume today could permanently alter the health and wellbeing of your child and grandchildren?

Many of us associate chronic conditions like cancers, birth defects, obesity, ADD/ADHD, etc., with heritable genetic mutations. But scientifically speaking, most people with high-risk genes never develop associated diseases, and most diseases don’t have genetic causes. So, what is going on? Epigenicity is what’s going on.

EPIGENECITY is a process where DNAs are modified but are not mutated. Epigenecity is normal and serves useful purposes in life. For instance, the selective epigenetic modification of different genes at different times during gestation is essential for normal fetal development (think of the miracle of going from one fertilized cell, the egg, to 26 trillion cells in a newborn baby, all within 9 months). On the other hand, unregulated modification of genes in organs during critical periods of fetal development can play key roles in the abnormal function of the organ, and this modification can be permanent (Think Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder).

The risk of unregulated epigeneticity is of particular concern if it occurs on embryonic germ lines; i.e., the ovaries and sperm germ lines. Germ cells are literally the seeds of successive generations.  Environmental influences can permanently alter germ cells, and this can have a negative impact not only on the developing offspring but also on subsequent generations

Many chemicals used to formulate consumer products today have been shown to induce epigenetic modification in animal studies. For example, exposure of pregnant rats to BPA in plastic materials led to various diseases, including obesity and reproductive abnormalities in successive generations. Also, the chemical preservative, butylparabens found in cosmetic and personal care products, are known to induce male infertility in multigenerational offspring. The antimicrobial agents, Triclosan and Triclocarban, used in the formulation of everyday products including soaps, toothpaste, deodorants, cosmetics, kitchenware, etc., are all linked to infertilities in offspring maternally exposed to these chemicals.

The most well-known human case of epigenetic modifications is the case of diethylstilbestrol (DES). DES was prescribed to pregnant women to prevent pregnancy-related complications like premature labor and miscarriages b/w 1938-1971. DES is an estrogenic pill and a potent endocrine disruptor (ED).

DES-exposed daughters are more likely to develop gynecological challenges, cancers, infertilities, and mental health disorders. DES-exposed sons have an increased risk for undescended testicles and testicular cysts. DES-exposed grandchildren have a higher risk for neurodevelopmental deficits including ADD and ADHD. In addition, animal studies have shown that maternal DES exposure primes successive generations to higher cancer risks.

Known epigenetic chemicals used to formulate everyday products include phthalateparabens, BPApermethrin, DEETbenzophenone , tributyltin (THT), etc. and many of these chemicals have been banned in product formulation elsewhere, but not in the US; and pregnant women unwilling expose their unborn to these chemicals, oblivious of their risks.

So how can consumers, especially pregnant women and women who intend to be pregnant avoid products with potential transgenerational consequences? Googling is always an option, but that is very time-consuming. Alternatively, you can simply scan product barcodes with Redify to identify and avoid the ones with toxic ingredients, and it recommends toxic-free alternatives as well.

Never assume that the products you consume daily are toxic-free, verify them first with Redify App!!!

6 Comments. Leave new

  • I have never heard of trans generational chemicals before till I read this post. This is very scary, and I wish this post is promoted at other sites. Thank you for bringing this to consumer attention.

  • Thank you for this insightful post, I will recommend it to people on my Facebook page.

  • Karina Escalante
    October 8, 2023 12:11 am

    This blog got me thinking – who knew the stuff we use every day could impact generations to come? Big shoutout to Redify for making it easier to make healthier choices. Love how it’s all about toxic-free, non-toxic products, and keeping things safe. Checking product labels just got a whole lot cooler with Redify! 🌿✨ #GameChanger #RedifyMagic #ToxicFreeLiving

  • This helped a lot. A lot of pregnant women need to take precautions and seek better alternatives in order to make sure their child has good health and lives a healthy lifestyle. This is a very important factor that many people need to start taking seriously as it’s a very serious matter.

  • It is crazy that in todays society there are so much toxins in our food. As a woman who intends to one day get pregnant, this blog post got me thinking. The Redify app could becomes widespread and help intensify the idea that toxic free ingredients are important when thinking about our own health and our future children’s health. There are safer alternatives that could help us become more sustainable and healthy.

  • Here is a scary thought for parents: Imagine that the chemicals in products you consume today could permanently alter the health and wellbeing of your child and grandchildren. In a world where we often associate chronic conditions like cancers, birth defects, obesity, ADD/ADHD, etc., with heritable genetic mutations, it’s important to consider the impact of epigenetics. Opting for chemical-free options and embracing clean living is a proactive step towards ensuring a healthier and safer future for your family.


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