Hi mamas and papas,
I am at a deadlock in my discussion with DH about our use of incense. I am freaking out because I recently read that incense use in the home releases benzene and PAHs that increase leukemia risk in kids and that pregnant women should not be around it for the same reason.
We burned incense ALL through my pregnancy (for spiritual reasons mostly).....Now I am scared.
DH continues to burn frankincense and myrrh on charcoal tablets, which fills our whole apartment with smoke. Usually DS and I are out for the day, and when we get back home, I air out the rooms to avoid too much smoke, but I know DS still breathes some of it.
My DH argues that in so many cultures women burn incense in the home and places of worship all the time, during pregnancy and beyond, and their kids don't get leukemia....
I guess I just want to hear some people's experiences of incense use in their culture. Di you limit your exposure during pregnancy? Are you careful around your kids?
Mostly, I want to know that people burn it and their kids turn out ok, because I am really nervous that I allowed for this to happen and didn't know the dangers until now.
Thanks ahead of time!