Being pregnant in a PFAS era

For many people, the dream of having children is connected with joy, hope, and planning. However, over the past few years, it has become apparent that you need to plan for another factor in your pregnancy. You should consider how to deal with PFAS. PFAS is shown to decrease fertility and increase blood pressure in pregnant women. Furthermore, a group of Danish PFAS experts has highlighted that PFAS can be transmitted directly from pregnant women to the fetus

But even if you are not transmitting PFAS directly to the fetus, there is another problem: you can transfer the toxic forever chemicals through your breast milk. So the Danish professor in toxicology at the University of Copenhagen, Lisbeth E. Knudsen, is warning people, according to Danish TV2.

- I will not say that you can safely get pregnant or breastfeed if exposed to PFAS, as the situation is right now, Lisbeth E. Knudsen told in an interview in July 2022. 

How will it affect a newborn child?

PFAS has also been shown in children, as they are born with low birth weight, accelerated puberty, bone variations, and behavioral changes, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines that exposure to PFAS can cause cancer, liver damage, and an increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease.

Elsie Sunderland, associate professor of environmental science and engineering in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, told ProPublica that scientists are only beginning to understand the effects of the 4,700 different types of PFASs.

Take matters into your own hands

Instead of sitting back and hoping everything will be okay, you can do much to help yourself and your family. There are ways to deal with PFAS and minimize the exposure that you will face in your everyday life. 

Aquaporin Inside® uses a biomimetic membrane that combines nature's filtration, the aquaporin proteins, through reverse osmosis, and active carbon to ensure that you, as a consumer, get the best possible drinking water free of contaminants like PFAS, heavy metals, viruses, and bacteria. 

Using an aquaporin protein-based water purifier will ensure you have complete control of the drinking water in your home, while it also helps improve the taste and odor of your tap water. In addition, you and your family are safe from any PFAS harm. 

If you want to learn more about PFAS, visit our extensive PFAS page, where you get to know the Aquaporin solution to the problem.

Published on November 22 in