Workplace Pollutants During Pregnancy May Cause Asthma In Children

A new study, presented at the European Respiratory Society's recent annual congress in Amsterdam, reports that asthma may later result...
A new study, presented at the European Respiratory Society's recent annual congress in Amsterdam, reports that asthma may later result in children born to women exposed to workplace pollutants while pregnant. Researchers on the study looked at women holding various positions during their pregnancy, and found that even after adjusting for variables such as age, body mass index, allergy and hypersensitivities, smoking, medication and pets, asthma occurred 11% more often in children born to women who were exposed to pollutants of low molecular weight and high molecular weight. An 11% increase in asthma may seem like a small problem, but this isn't the first time that workplace and other pollutants during pregnancy have been under fire. Research shows that many harmful substances readily cross the placenta, thus affecting your unborn baby. Furthermore, it's hard to stay protected. Recent research shows that as many as 99 to 100% of all pregnant women carry a heavy burden of chemicals and toxins in their bodies. Chemicals and unsafe work environments have been linked to low-birth weight babies, birth defects, diabetes, childhood morbidity and various other health issues as well. Still, many women don't have a choice. If you work around harmful chemicals, talk to your boss and see if you can change positions during your pregnancy or see if adjustments may be made to help protect you. If you can't limit exposure at work, or find another job, you can limit exposure at other times. For example, make sure your home is safe and chemical-free. Learn how to be a toxic detective while pregnant, so you can avoid harmful substances. + Source

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