Chemical Exposure During Pregnancy

What you need to know about environmental hazards in pregnancy.

Proceed with Caution

If you stopped to think about the many chemicals you come into contact with each day, from cleaning supplies to pesticides, you might be concerned about their effect on your health and the health of your unborn baby. The good news? Many of the chemicals you encounter on a regular basis won't pose a risk to your growing baby.

Chemical exposure can occur in a variety of ways. You can breathe it in, ingest it in foods or beverages, or in some cases, absorb it through your skin. For most hazardous substances, pregnant women must be exposed to a large amount of chemicals for a prolonged period of time for them to be harmful to baby. The truth is, only a few of these substances have been proven to be dangerous during pregnancy. Fortunately there are many ways you can reduce your risk. Here are some simple precautions you can take to keep yourself -- and your home and work environment -- safe.

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