You find out you’re pregnant and words can’t describe the feeling of knowing you are carrying a little life inside your body. Nine months later….IT’S A GIRL! You meet your beautiful daughter and you promise to do your best to love, protect and nurture her. This was me, I remember playing Beyonce’s song “Blue” and crying in my car because my love was so intense for this little girl. I want so much for her and I know the world is her oyster but the world has many dangers that can affect her well being. I want to talk to all the moms out there about what we can do to protect our daughters from those dangers.
Early Onset Menses is a very sensitive topic for me. I experienced menses at the age of 10 and it completely rocked my world. The idea that my body matured and felt it was ready to bring life into the world sickens me. Studies show obesity in young girls contributes to early onset menses. I did not fit into this category as I was thin and petite. I was also not genetically inclined to menstruate at this age because my mother was 16 at the onset of menses. As an adult, I often wondered why this happened.
After giving birth to my daughter, I became adamant about figuring out what contributed to this and what I could do to prevent history from repeating itself. Girls who start menses prior to the age of 12 are at greater risk for developing breast cancer later in life. The earlier their breasts form, the sooner they’re ready to interact with hormones inside and outside the body, as well as with chemicals in products that are hormone disruptors. This longer interaction with hormones and hormone disruptors is what increases their risk of breast cancer.(breastcancer.org) Here is what I did and you can do this as well.
First, I started reading labels and familiarizing myself with what was in my daughter’s products. There are many hormone disrupting chemicals but these 3 are most commonly found in everyday products.
Parabens mimic female estrogen and are found in breast tumors, cosmetics and personal care items approved by the FDA.
Tricloson is found in most antibacterial products like hand soaps and sanitizers. They have been shown to cause DNA mutation which can lead to cancer. They affect hormone production which may lead to birth defects. It is used heavily in schools and medical facilities.
Is a hormone disruptor that mimics estrogen. It is found in plastic and many personal care products.
To top it off, 232 toxic chemicals are found in newborn umbilical cords. This saddens me!
Begin to read labels and check ingredients. Our daughters deserve to be children as long as possible. The world is a pressure cooker for children and is forcing them to grow up prematurely. It is our job as parents be protective barriers to allow them this precious time as children because we all know it is fleeting.
I am a child wellness advocate and would love for you to contact me with any questions about how you can start swapping out toxic products for cleaner options. Let’s protect our children together.