How Dangerous Is Exposure to Black Mold During Pregnancy?

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Discovering mold in your home can be bad enough under any circumstances; but finding a growth of this nasty substance when there's someone pregnant can be devastating because it can be detrimental to both mother and baby to be born. Black mold is known to get its nutrients from the source its growing on and the organism it produces during the process is said to be very harmful to those with weak immunity and especially to people suffering from respiratory problems. Although no hard and fast proof has been produced up to now, doctors and experts are of the view that this particular mold can cause a miscarriage or birth defects in the unborn babe.

It is after taking these negative assumptions into consideration that health experts recommend pregnant women to move away from a building invested with the dreaded black mold for the safety of both mother and baby. Even though there is no firm evidence to date, studies carried out on the subject have shown that many mum's to be who were exposed to mold had either suffered a miscarriage or the baby had been born with birth defects. These studies have covered humans as well as animals and results although not conclusive, have indicated to a great extent the dangers pregnant women face when exposed to this mold

It is a well-known fact that black mold has a devastating effect on the respiratory tract and researchers believe that being exposed to the poisonous effects of the mold might very well be the cause of asthma when the baby's in the womb. An even more dangerous connection has been made with black mold and the "Sudden infant Death Syndrome" where infants suddenly stop breathing. Health experts believe that this could be due to being exposed to the toxic effects of the mold while in the uterus which most probably continued after its birth and at the time of death.

With many health experts claiming that allergies develop in the womb itself, it is their belief that exposure to toxic substances, such as the poisonous black mold could result in respiratory tract infection and especially in the cause of asthma in the uterus. Even certain other illnesses such a chronic fatigue they say, could have developed by being exposed to mold while in the womb although no concrete proof has been produced so far.

Proved or not, it's important for the mother to be to ensure that she and baby are not exposed to any adverse conditions before and after birth of the baby and one such way of doing it is by keeping her house free of mold by having the home tested professionally by experts. Additionally, if she happens to work in an office, its best to take precautionary measures by requesting the management to get the building inspected for mold. This could be a good thing not only for the mum to be but for everyone in office as well, as it's always better to be safe than sorry.

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This article was published on 2010/11/19
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