Reducing Fetal Exposures

Archived studies and news reports that expand the scope of Environment & Human Health, Inc.'s (EHHI) research reports about health and the environment.

EHHI Calls for More Responsible Management to Protect Children and Pregnant Women
Environment and Human Health, Inc.'s (EHHI) calls for tougher standards to regulate exposures in for children and pregnant women. The weight of scientific evidence supports stronger precautionary regulation by the federal government.

Two brochures from Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) warn pregnant women what toxic exposures to avoid, what foods to eat and what foods to avoid. EHHI previously published a brochure entitled 12 Steps to Reducing Fetal Exposures. That publication warns pregnant women to try to avoid exposures to paints, toxic cleaning products and cell phones carried near their stomachs. In addition, avoiding pesticide exposures during pregnancy is particularly important. Now EHHI has produced another brochure for pregnant women:  Pregnant? 6 Foods to Avoid and 6 Foods to EnjoyA grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation has, in part, made the latter effort possible.

Most Pregnant Women Aren't Warned about Chemicals by Their Doctors

A University of California San Francisco survey of 2,600 obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide showed that most do not warn their pregnant patients about chemicals in food, consumer products or the environment that could injure their unborn children. More than half said they don't warn about mercury, while very few give advice about lead, pesticides, air pollution, or chemicals in plastics or cosmetics. Click here for news story.

Phthalates potentially alter levels of a pregnancy hormone that influences sex development

Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates — found in many plastics, foods and personal care products — early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone. The chemical adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Click here for news story.

"Intersex" male bass found throughout protected waters in the Northeast United States
A federal study of male smallmouth bass in the Northeast found 85% had signs of female reproductive parts, while 27% of male largemouth bass in the testing sites were intersex. Many industrial chemicals and pesticides that mimic female hormones enter rivers and streams. Estrogens and excreted birth control are not treated in wastewater plants. Click here for news story.

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EHHI's Pregnancy Brochures

Although obstetricians warn pregnant women not to drink alcohol and not to smoke during pregnancy, we are learning that there are other chemicals and products that women should be careful about during those critical nine months. The Environmental Working Group found more than 200 chemicals in the cord blood of babies tested right after birth.

For further information about fetal exposures, click here or download 12 Steps to Reducing Fetal Exposures and Pregnant? 6 Foods to Avoid and 6 Foods to Enjoy