"Under normal lifestyle and dietary conditions, the level
of exposure of most women to individual environmental
chemicals will probably pose minimal risk to the developing
fetus/baby. However, women who are pregnant are exposed to
hundreds of chemicals at a low level. Potentially, this exposure
could operate additively or interactively and raises the
possibility of 'mixtures' effects. On present evidence,
it is impossible to assess the risk, if any, of such
exposures. Obtaining more definitive guidance is likely
to take many years; there is considerable uncertainty about
the risks of chemical exposure.
The following steps would however reduce overall chemical
use fresh food rather than processed foods whenever
reduce use of foods/beverages in cans/plastic containers,
including their use for food storage
minimise the use of personal care products such as
moisturisers, cosmetics, shower gels and fragrances
minimise the purchase of newly produced household
furniture, fabrics, non–stick frying pans and cars
avoid the use of garden/household/pet pesticides or
fungicides (such as fly sprays or strips, rose sprays, flea
avoid paint fumes
only take over–the–counter analgesics or
painkillers when necessary
do not assume safety of products based on the absence of
'harmful' chemicals in their ingredients list, or the
tag 'natural' (herbal or otherwise).
It is unlikely that any of these exposures are truly harmful
for most babies, but in view of current
uncertainty about risks, especially those relating to
'mixtures', these steps will reduce environmental
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