43 chemicals were found in 99% to 100% of the pregnant women in the study. Some of the chemicals included pesticides banned in the 70's. The study marks the first time that the number
of chemicals to which pregnant women are exposed has been counted, according to
UCSF news office.
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The bodies of
virtually all U.S. pregnant women carry multiple chemicals, including
some banned since the 1970s and others used in common products such as
non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products,
according to a new study from UCSF. Read more
While it is impossible to completely avoid
exposure, here are some suggestions from health experts on reducing exposure to
some harmful chemicals:
- Eating: Eat a well-balanced
diet, wash hands often and do not smoke. This will help maintain overall
health and reduce some of the effects of harmful chemicals.
- Microwaving: Avoid
microwaving food in plastic. Use ceramic or glass instead.
- Cleaning: Keep a clean
home. Toxic chemicals are present in household dust and dirt.
- Shopping: Choose products
wisely – everything from paints, cleaning supplies to cookware and beauty
products. Select safer, nontoxic products. Read more
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