Women of Childbearing Age

Bringing a new life into the world is the greatest act of love a mother can show.

For pregnant women and women of childbearing age, exposure to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) has been proven to cause adverse effects on the mother’s health, as well as complicate the growth of children in the womb.

POPs and Women of Childbearing Age

Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemicals that are harmful to human health and the environment. Adverse reproductive, developmental, behavioral, neurological, endocrine, and immunological health effects have all been linked to POPs. Research shows that expectant mothers who’ve had prolonged contact with POPs faced problems such as damaged immune and reproductive systems, which can make these women more susceptible to other illnesses and diseases. Once the mother is exposed, the harmful effects can be transferred to the baby as well. Some babies may be born with birth defects, and are at risk of consuming contaminated breast milk from affected mothers.

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Cómo Women of Childbearing Age están siendo afectadas por los COPs

During pregnancy, women become particularly sensitive and vulnerable to the things that surround them. The food they eat, the air they breathe and the actions they partake in can have long-lasting effects on their unborn children. POPs have been proven to weaken the immune system, resulting in difficult pregnancies for both mothers and children. If you fall within this group, you owe it to yourself and to your unborn child to pay special attention to the dangerous contaminants that exist around us.

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Women of Childbearing Age, safeguard yourselves!

Women of childbearing age should pay attention to the type of food they eat – exposure can occur through the consumption of crops/produce (pesticides) and meats where contaminants have bioaccumulated in animals. Of particular concern is the exposure through the inhalation of UPOPs. Mothers who have concentrated traces of POPs in their system can pass it onto their babies, through the placenta and breast milk. This can cause birth defects and weakened immune systems. Follow these simple tips to protect yourself from POPs:
  • Thoroughly rinse and clean farmed crops in order to avoid the ingestion of pesticide residues left on them as this can put your health at risk.
  • Avoid eating the same type of potentially contaminated food (treated continuously with the same pesticide) as this can increase susceptibility to associated health implications.
  • Choose consumer goods that are less likely to contain brominated flame retardants.
  • Trim the fat from meat and consume low-fat dairy products in order to decrease the exposure to hazardous compounds.
  • Avoid consumption of foods grown on or around potentially contaminated areas.
  • Avoid burning household waste. If burning green waste, do not mix, with other materials (plastics, electronics, appliances, metals, glass).

Women of Childbearing Age, Reduce your exposure today!

Eche un vistazo a algunos de los contaminantes orgánicos persistentes (COP) que pueden afectar su salud y bienestar.

By reducing your exposure to these pollutants, you are safeguarding yourself, taking an active role in the health of your loved ones and playing a greater role in the community at large by stopping these hazards before they can hurt others.
At and around your household, you and your family may be exposed to a variety of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) including the Brominated Flame Retardants: PBDEs & HBCD. These chemicals have been found to have fatal consequences on our health and the environment.
Whether you are on a farm spraying your crops or at the grocery store shopping for produce, you may be in contact with Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) including Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Pesticides and not even know it. Health effects that have been associated with chemical pesticides include negative impacts to the dermatological, gastrointestinal, neurological,...
In your backyard or even at the dinner table, you may be in contact with Unintentional Persistent Organic Pollutants (UPOPs) and not even know it. Short-term exposure of humans to high levels of UPOPs may result in skin lesions such as chloracne, patchy darkening of the skin, and altered liver function.
If you live or work near sites where PCB oils have been used or stored (such as power generation stations or transformer storage sites) you may be exposed to Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) called PCBs and not even know it. PCBs have demonstrated effects such as cancer in animals and other negative effects on the...
There are few contaminants that have been found around the world like Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). Used in many popular consumer goods such as stain-resistant carpets, Teflon pans, and cardboard boxes, PFOS has infiltrated our soils, air and water sources, becoming a serious threat to our health and to wildlife.

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