There are countless stories of women being exposed to mold during pregnancy and suffering miscarriage or birth defects. However, there is not yet any solid hard scientific evidence that exposure to mold directly causes birth defects. Studies with animals have shown that there is a definite link between black mold and pregnancy, but animals are different than humans, so the results are somewhat inconclusive.
According to Fit Pregnancy, the primary reason that there is no empirical scientific evidence on the link between black mold and pregnancy is the fact that, “nobody in their right mind is going to test toxic substances on a pregnant lady,” not to mention that it would probably be difficult to get volunteer test subjects.
There are three distinct types of mold: allergenic, pathogenic, and toxic. It is believed that black mold exposure will cause the most harm to a pregnant woman because it is toxic. Numerous studies have linked health issues with toxic mold exposure, so it does make logical sense that a pregnant woman should be concerned.
In addition to the link between miscarriages, birth defects, and black mold, there is some evidence that asthma and SIDS may be caused by mold exposure during pregnancy as well. Both asthma and SIDS are caused by breathing issues and it is believed that this may originate in the womb because black mold attacks the respiratory system.
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