A new study published recently in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that almost all pregnant women in the United States carry...
A new study published recently in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that almost all pregnant women in the United States carry multiple chemicals in their bodies, including some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products. Adverse health consequences for both mamas and babies are a major issue concerning chemical body burden. Preterm birth, birth defects, diabetes, childhood morbidity and various adult diseases are all risks of too many chemicals. Not to mention the effect these chemicals have on male reproductive systems. Researchers from UCSF analyzed data for 163 various harmful chemicals, and detected the following in 99 to 100% of all pregnant women - polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), phenols, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate. Bisphenol A (BPA) was found in 96% of pregnant women. Especially scary is the fact that some of the chemicals found in the study group were PBDEs, compounds used as flame retardants, which are now banned in many states and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane ( DDT), a pesticide banned in the United States in 1972. Banned chemicals showing up in pregnant women is very bad news and just shows us how badly we need savvy chemical reform now, not later on. Keep in mind that any chemicals in your body may be passed to your baby. There are things you can do. One, you can take steps to limit the chemicals you come into contact with before, during and after your pregnancy. Two, you can support laws that help to reduce the amount of chemicals allowed in this country.

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