Asbestos is a danger to anyone, even pets. However, does it have additional risks when it comes to pregnant women? Is there any additional risk while asbestos is being removed if someone is pregnant?
Let’s start with the facts. Medical science currently doesn’t have much information on how asbestos affects unborn children. There’s a lack of conclusive scientific data on whether the dangers extend to the child, rather than being limited only to the mother.
That being said, cleaning asbestos out of your home if you’re pregnant or planning to be is essential. It’s simply much safer. We don’t know if asbestos exposure is going to cause drastic enough problems for your child than an abortion would be the merciful choice, but it’s safer not to risk it.
The first thing to know about asbestos is that it saw a lot of use. This is going to become important when you need it removed from your home. If a home has fibres, it might also be found in the paint, the pipes, and even the floor tiles. It also saw a lot of use for insulation.
Asbestos fibres can be breathed in. They don’t dissolve in the body. Once in the lungs, they build up and scar the delicate membranes of the lungs and stomach. In some cases, they also do this to the heart. Cancerous tumours come after that, leading to various governments banning its use.
Homes that haven’t been renovated or remodelled to remove the fibres are still risk hotbeds. There’s a good chance that the fibres are still present, after all.
Now, let’s go back to the science. If you’re pregnant, how does asbestos affect you?
A pregnant mother is at about the same level of risk as any other person, as far as science can determine. The symptoms can manifest due to exposure if all factors are equal. This means that the child is at risk, even if the asbestos doesn’t affect them directly.
A mother that develops respiratory problems due to asbestos is breathing poorly. The unborn child becomes deprived of essential oxygen because of this, affecting their prenatal development.
Asbestos can also cause stomach tumours. This becomes a problem with their digestive system, and that means food nutrients aren’t processed correctly. This also affects the child, as they’re not getting what they need either.
In short, it is in your best interest to have asbestos removed from the home if found. If a woman is pregnant or planning to be, then it becomes essential for the health of the baby. A removal is advisable even if the mother intends to abort the child because she is still at risk even without a child.
Of course, because of the risks involved, no one should remove asbestos themselves. Instead, they should call professionals to handle the task. They should book a room in a nice hotel somewhere while the pros get the job done because there is no real reason for them to be at risk during the removal.