Of all of the dangers one might come across each day, black mold might just be the most elusive as well as the most damaging without your knowledge. Think about your typical day out and the many different buildings you come across, whether it is the grocery store, post office, workplace, or even your home. Obviously mold is less dangerous if you not exposed to it for long periods of time as our bodies can defend themselves from the toxins, but in the places you spend the majority of your day it is important to consider your safety and the safety of others. Pregnant women should be especially cautious of this silent enemy. Mold exposure during pregnancy can be harmful to your growing child as they go through the rapid cell multiplication that takes place in the months of pregnancy.
What makes mold so dangerous is that it can go unnoticed for long periods of time in almost any home or building. It can hide within walls, floors, carpet, or even build up around appliances or areas with indoor plumbing. Every day that mold is allowed to lay dormant in a populated area is another day that it may release dangerous toxins and additional spores into the air which can slowly affect anyone exposed. Black mold exposure during pregnancy can have dangerous known and unknown effects. While the effects of mold exposure during pregnancy are difficult to fully understand because the methods involved with testing it would not be ethical, it is safe to say that if mold affects people, fetuses, and infants in the same way that it affects the animal counterpart then it is best to avoid mold at all costs, as it is a dangerous contaminant.
Mold cultivates due to the presence of a water source. In other words, where there is excess moisture there is a habitat for mold to begin growing. This can happen around appliances such as dishwashers, sinks, bathtubs and showers, toilets, or any appliance that involves water. Without proper installation of such appliances, it can cause tremendous problems in the future. Water can slowly leak out of appliances or the excess moisture in the area may cling to a surface and initiate the process of mold growth. The frightening part about all this is it can happen in a matter of a 48 hour window and can linger for months or even years before being noticed.
While many of us encounter small amounts of mold every day and, for the most part, are unharmed as far as our knowledge, there are members of our society that are more sensitive to toxic spores. Pregnant women may not be in too much danger themselves, but the child they are carrying is very sensitive to the things the mother may come into contact with. At this point, most people know the rules of pregnancy, such as no drinking, smoking, or intake of any substances or foods that could be dangerous. Of course, those are very broad rules and it is worth pointing out that people have been having healthy children for many years before they were established in the medical community, but those rules allow us to take every precaution necessary to care for our children which is an obligation of the parent. Mold exposure during pregnancy can result in difficulties. While there are no known diseases caused by mold exposure during pregnancy, it has been connected with many pregnancy complications which can affect the unborn infant as well. As stated before, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly what the effects of mold on fetuses are, but mold exposure during pregnancy has been linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is a medical anomaly that organizations are spending valuable time and resources to study. Basically, it is when an infant suddenly passes away in his or her first year of life without apparent reason; even after an autopsy. For several reasons it is difficult to conclusively deduct that mold exposure is grounds for SIDS, one being the ethical practices involved in testing and another being that most people are unaware of mold exposure in their properties and the complications it can bring.
Mold can be a factor that causes ill-fated situations. It would be fruitless to ask a pregnant woman if she was exposed to mold during pregnancy as the concentration level of mold spores in one location varies from the other, and it would be difficult to conclude its impact on SIDS. Any mold exposure throughout the duration of one’s pregnancy when the cells are multiplying can be dangerous. Not only is there evidence to suggest that mold can cause impediments after birth, but being exposed to mold during the pivotal months of pregnancy can weaken the health of the infant during development, as well as affect one’s immune system. If the immune system is weakened, the likelihood of becoming sick and affecting the child is increasingly common.
If you or someone you know is worried about mold growth or would simply take the necessary precautions to prevent exposure, contact a professional company to thoroughly inspect, identify, and provide solutions. Such companies will send a technician to your property to fully diagnose the presence or extent of mold cultivation, and if mold is identified, experienced individuals will know how to remove it safely and restore your home or building professionally. So while our bodies may be able to protect themselves from low exposure to mold, it is best to consider the livelihood of those who may not be as well equipped to protect themselves from the silent enemy that is mold, like infants and women carrying children.