I read a book at the beginning of this pregnancy called Having Faith (here is the book). http://www.amazon.com/Having-Faith-Sandra-Steingraber/dp/0425189996/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1349324119&sr=1-3&keywords=Toxicology I think the book was recommended by someone in this DDC awhile back, but not sure.
The book was written by a toxicologist and discusses all of the environmental toxins we are exposed to that accumulate in our bodies and go to our babies while we are pregnant and then again through breastfeeding.
I stopped wearing makeup and nail polish because all of the products I had that I put through the skindeep website (http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/) came up as having all kinds of toxins. I don't want that being absorbed into my bloodstream and going straight to the baby.
I just bought a new chair that was delivered yesterday and there was a Prop 65 warning label on the chair that stated the chair has toxins known to cause birth defects! I am so worried about breathing in the off-gassing from the chair and exposing my baby to formaldehyde or whatever it is that caused the warning to be put on the chair. I am trying to air out my apartment and I found a list of plants that absorb and filter formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals out of the air.
I purchased an organic mattress for the baby and I'm only buying baby clothes with 100% cotton, but that seems like such a small thing when the furniture we buy is required by law to be soaked in flame retardants.
I just wonder if these are things other mamas worry about or if I am the only one. I don't want to become overly anxious, but it seems so important and pervasive.