Pregnant Women May Lack Info on Household Toxins

June 25, 2014 10:54 PM

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Pregnant Women May Lack Info on Household Toxins

Pregnant women could be missing out on information about how environmental toxins may affect their unborn babies, new research suggests. A nationwide survey of U.S. obstetricians found that few discussed toxins with their patients in depth, although many considered counseling their patients about environmental health hazards to be important.

"OB/GYN's are very good at talking about tobacco and cigarette exposure, but less commonly discussed are chemicals found in plastic, household cleaning products or flame-retardant chemicals," said Dr. Naomi Stotland, a professor of gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and...

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