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Environmental Exposures During Pregnancy

Reproductive health is declining as Americans are exposed to more and more toxic chemicals. Along with important nutrients, the umbilical cord can also carry toxic chemicals from the mother to the developing child. Being exposed to chemicals in the womb can have a much greater effect than if one were exposed to the same chemicals later in life. In the womb, the child is still developing and chemicals can alter the natural processes causing life-long damage.

Reducing Chemical Intake

If you are pregnant or looking to have a child it is important to reduce your exposure to toxic chemicals. Some steps you can take include:

  • Reduce plastic use
  • Try to eat organic (avoid foods treated with pesticides)
  • Avoid foods in plastic packaging or try to find BPA-free packaging
  • Do not use insecticides in your home or garden

To learn more about Body Burden visit our body burden hazards page

For more information, go to:

Reproductive and Child Health Resources page

Planned Parenthood’s Green Choices

AHRP’s Reproductive Health and the Environment’s Exposures to Chemicals During Pregnancy

Body Burden- The Pollution in Newborns

Prenatal Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

Environmental Exposures During Pregnancy