Pregnant women not warned about the impact of environmental exposures.


A considerable risk has emerged, which has largely remained undetected, as very little attention is paid to the environmental risks that and their are exposed to.The majority of industrial chemicals have not been tested for potential reproductive/developmental harm.

One study has attempted to examine that deficit and determined that are not protected from common environmental exposure.
A previous based population-based study determined that all in the U.S. had measurable levels of at least 43 different environmental chemicals in their bodies, including chemicals that were measured at levels similar to those associated with adverse developmental and reproductive health outcomes in . As environmental exposure to certain substances can produce and their are the most vulnerable population to toxic environmental exposure.

It is estimated that there are currently over 80,000 chemicals commonly used and exposure occurs through air, water, food and consumer products in the home and workplace.

In the study a large number of obstetricians were recruited to participate in a survey examining their attitudes, practices and beliefs about and the impact on .

The results reflect that although in general obstetricians recognize the impact of the environment on environmental health, there was a lack of training, time and available tools to take action to prevent harmful exposure. Survey participants believed that were important and that reproductive health professionals had a role in prevention. However, their concern did not translate into clinical practice.

A number of factors were cited for not translating warnings into clinical practice and they include a precautionary approach with doctors citing the unfamiliarity with a number of credible studies, and concern that raising the topic of to their pregnant patients would cause excessive anxiety and stress.


Sutton P., Trowbridge J., Atchley D., Conry J., Trasande L., Gerbert B, Charlesworth A., Woodruff T. Counseling Patients on Preventing Prenatal – A Mixed-Methods Study of Obstetricians. Published: June 25, 2014DOI: 10.1371

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