From the moment you find out you’re pregnant, you may feel a powerful urge to protect your developing baby. Routine events, like grocery shopping, may be a new source of anxiety. Were those strawberries you’re craving sprayed with pesticides? If so, could they harm your baby? Learning more about what scientists know about pesticides and pregnancy, and how you can limit exposure, may help guide those grocery-aisle decisions.
Pesticides and Early Pregnancy
As the American Pregnancy Association explains, pesticides work by using chemicals to target pests’ nervous systems. Because your baby’s nervous system is developing between weeks 3 and 8 of your pregnancy, it’s generally wise to avoid pesticide exposure during this time in particular.
If you live in an agricultural area, the APA recommends removing yourself from the area altogether if possible. If you’re an avid gardener, consider stopping the use of pesticides in your home and yard, or …