For prospective mothers & fathers
Building Biology is about having a healthy building (home) environment. I have put together a list of some simple steps (not an exhaustive list but a great start) that you can implement so you can have the healthiest home possible before you become pregnant or bring your new arrival home.
When you purchase products you assume that they would have to be safe to use or consume otherwise they couldn’t or wouldn’t sell them, but unfortunately, it’s not necessarily true.
Health issues may arise from –
- chemicals and vocs in our personal care and cleaning products;
- poor indoor air quality from our building materials (paint , flooring), furniture or outside sources;
- pesticides/insecticides used indoors or for the garden;
- chlorine or heavy metals in our drinking water;
- radiation from wireless technology (including mobile phones);
- electromagnetic fields from electrical appliances;
- house dust mites and other allergens
- unseen or visible mould
Electromagnetic Radiation and Wireless Technology –
- Do not carry your mobile phone close to your body (in pockets, bras, etc). Place it on aeroplane mode if you need to keep it in your pockets. If you would like to check the recommendations about how much distance you should keep your phone away from your body go to the following on your mobile phone – Settings, About, Legal, and finally RF Exposure. My IPhone needs to be kept 10mm from my body.
- Avoid if possible putting the mobile phone up to your ear. Text, use earphones or loudspeaker to communicate instead.
- Do not charge your phone overnight close to where you sleep. Keep approximately 2 metres away. Ideally, charge it in another room.
- Do not use Laptops or Ipads on your lap.
- Turn all wireless devices and modems off at night during sleep. Keep them turned OFF when not in use.
- Use a battery operated alarm clock if you need one close to where you sleep. You can still use your mobile phone as an alarm clock but keep it around 2 meters away from you or place on aeroplane mode if you require it closer. Please remember that you cannot send or receive calls when the phone is in aeroplane mode.
- Keep all electrical appliances at least two meters from your body while you sleep (take note what is on the other side of the wall). This includes the meter box and solar panel inverters.
- Remove or replace your Cordless home phone with a hardwired phone (the old-fashioned variety). A cordless phone base emits radiation from the base to handset.
- Avoid using an electric blanket. If you still prefer to use one, warm the bed before hopping in then turn the blanket off at the wall switch.
VOCs, Chemicals and Hormone Disrupting Chemicals
- Avoid fragrances and perfumes.
- Avoid cleaning and gardening chemicals.
- Avoid painting or renovating during pregnancy. Be aware of sanding back old paint as it may contain lead.
- Avoid or minimise personal care products that contain fragrance, ingredients that end in ‘amine’ such as DEA (diethanolamine), parabens, phthalates, triclosan) – really anything that you have no idea what it is.
- Avoid canned food and drinks as they may have a BPA lining. BPA is a hormone disruptor.Use glass or steel water and food storage containers where possible. Use plastics with the recycle codes 2, 4 & 5. Avoid 1, 3, 6, 7 and containers with no numbers.Look for these!
- If you do use a microwave avoid heating the food in plastic containers and do not cover with glad wrap.
- Filter for your drinking water supply. Your drinking water can be tested if required.
- Open doors and windows for fresh air throughout the home when possible.
- Always use exhaust fans when cooking or bathing and keep them on for up to 10 mins after finishing. Ideally they should be exhausted to the outside air not into the roof cavity.
- Do not start or idle vehicles near open windows and doors of your home.
- Use dust mite covers on pillows and mattresses.
- Air pillows in the sun regularly and do the same to mattresses if possible.
- Do not go to bed with wet hair to avoid having a damp pillow that could promote mould growth.
- Choose natural products for the baby’s furniture and furnishings.
Interesting viewing –
What the Brain and Sperm Share by Dr Debra Davis
Watch this 14 min YouTube Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm5Oc5s4_8M
If you need any further advice please do not hesitate to get in touch
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