Pregnant Women and West Virginia Chemical Spill Impact

More than 300,000 residents of West Virginia have been unable to use the tap water running into their homes, workplaces, restaurants, schools, and elsewhere. ... read more »

Pregnancy Safety: Perfluorinated Chemicals

Perfluorinated chemicals, also known as PFCs, are used in so many everyday household items it's almost impossible to avoid exposure. They're in food packaging, pesticides, and personal care products as well as carpets, clothing, and upholstery. ... read more »

Pregnancy Safety: Organophosphate Pesticides

Once nerve agents of chemical warfare, organophosphates are now commonly used in agricultural pesticides that dust many of our industrial crops and are commonly used in home gardens, too. ... read more »

Personal Care Products Pose Risk to Babies

Shampoos, lotions, and other baby care products expose babies and toddlers to potentially harmful substances at a great rate, according to a new study. ... read more »

Vision Affected by Chemicals in Water

Researchers have found a chemical in water that may damage the vision of your unborn child if you come in contact with the chemical during pregnancy. The chemical is called tetrachloroethylene or PCE. ... read more »

Lead: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Lead has a reputation for being the bad boy of environmental toxins but many people don't know why. The chemical structure of lead is similar to calcium, therefore it is stored in the bones and teeth, right alongside calcium. ... read more »

Oil and Gas Fracking Likely Threat to Human Reproduction

Scientists recently published the findings of a study of fracking’s effect on humans, along with the conclusion that oil and gas fracking is likely to endanger human reproduction. ... read more »

Baby Wipes May Be Cause of Persistent Rash

Moms everywhere have come to rely on products like baby wipes for infants and wet wipes for older children as an easy, convenient way to add an extra layer of cleanliness to a messy situation. ... read more »

Exposure to Pesticides Linked to Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects about 10 percent of women during their reproductive years. A new study shows a link between endometriosis and two pesticides once used widely in the U.S. for pest control and agriculture. ... read more »

Exposure to BPA May Decrease Fertility in Women

The chemical BPA may cause infertility in women, according to a new study by Brigham and Women's Hospitals (BWM). The study, published online in the journal Human Reproduction, is the first research of its kind. ... read more »

Air Pollution Exposure and Pregnancy Outcomes

According to several studies, even low levels of air pollution can negatively affect pregnancies and fetal morbidity risks. ... read more »

Fresh List of Dirty Foods: The New Dirty Dozen

The 'Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen' list has been updated for 2013. ... read more »

Wealthy Chinese Couples Turn to Overseas Surrogacy

With more than 40 million Chinese now diagnosed as infertile, surrogacy is an attractive solution but the practice is illegal in China. ... read more »

Toxic Chemicals Found in Childcare Centers

Some of these flame-retardant chemicals added to furniture cause neurodevelopmental delays and others are hormone disruptors. ... read more »

Solvent Exposure Before First Pregnancy: Breast Cancer Risk

Young women exposed to organic solvents before their first full-term pregnancy are at an increased risk of developing hormone receptor-positive breast cancer if it runs in the family. ... read more »

Safer Swimming During Pregnancy: Fast Facts

When it comes to safer swimming during pregnancy, one of the best tools pregnant women can have is knowledge.  Pregnant women must understand the real risk of swimming in untreated or mistreated pools, oceans, lakes and rivers. ... read more »

If You Work in Cosmetology, Beware of Risks

Chemicals found in the kitchen, in the air, and even in foods are all harmless for normal use, but become extremely hazardous for a developing baby in the womb. ... read more »

Dramatic Rise in E-Cig Calls to Poison Control Centers

Electronic cigarettes "represent an emerging public health concern, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ... read more »

Industrial Chemicals and Ovarian Response to IVF

Exposure to some types of industrial chemicals can adversely affect reproductive health for both males and females. ... read more »

Your Clean Home May be Affecting Your Fertility

What if the cleaning supplies you use to make your home presentable are causing your fertility problems? ... read more »

Flame Retardant Associated with Decreased Semen Quality

Thirty years ago a flame retardant called chlorinated tris was used on children's clothing. The flame retardant was removed from the market, but it continues to be used in polyurethane foam often found in office buildings. ... read more »

Fetal Exposure to Household Phthalates with Male Infertility

A new study strengthens the case for health risks associated with a common household chemical found in plastic products and packaging. ... read more »

Avoid These Hormone-Disrupting Household Chemicals

Some chemicals commonly used in the home, workplace, and just about everywhere else are known as endocrine disrupters because once ingested, they mimic the activity of the body's natural hormones. ... read more »

Home-Improvement DIYers Risk Toxic Dust Exposure

A study measured dust levels when common DIY tasks are done and found these projects to be a lot dirtier work than might be expected. Pregnancy is not the time to be a hands-on DIY participant. ... read more »

Is it Safe to Wear Perfume During Pregnancy?

For many women, perfume is a part of life. However, with all the different things women must be cautious of during pregnancy, you may be wondering if perfume is acceptable. ... read more »

Phthalates: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

Phthalates are thought to be endocrine disrupters that are difficult to hide from. Toiletries and cosmetics are laced with them. ... read more »

Global Insecticide May be Altering the Brain

Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide that used to be used in households in the US to kill insects in yards and gardens. When pregnant women are exposed to even the smallest amount of the chemical it can affect the fetus. ... read more »

Atrazine: Common Chemicals and Pregnancy Safety

The widely used herbicide, atrazine, interferes with thyroid hormones, a factor that suggests a link between the chemical and autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. ... read more »

The Morning Sickness Mystery

I’ve only ever had one friend that never experienced morning sickness, but even she and her doctor were amazed, especially because she was a high risk pregnancy. ... read more »

Do Not Trust Mr. Yuk

Before a toddler knows what’s poisonous and what’s not, there needs to be a way to warn them easily. That’s when Mr. Yuk was designed. ... read more »

Chemicals, Toxins, Environmental Risks, and Pregnancy Guide

This effect on the health of mothers, fathers, and babies in utero has prompted the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to call for stricter policies concerning environmental chemicals. ... read more »

Occupational Causes of Decreased Male Fertility

There are occupational hazards that may lead to decreased male fertility, according to researchers from the University of Copenhagen, but research into these toxicants is inconsistent. ... read more »

Household Air Pollution and Stillbirths

Researchers from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in India recently published a study on the impact of household air pollution on stillbirth rates in India. The study was published in the journal Environmental Research. ... read more »

Exposure to Phthalates Increases Risk for Preterm Births

There has been growing concern about the dangers of exposure to thechemical phthalate, and now a new study shows an association between awoman's exposure to phthalate and preterm birth. ... read more »

BPA Could Increase Down Syndrome Risk in Unborn Fetus

BPA, or Bisphenol A, is an ingredient in some plastics and other household items. The chemical has been in the news for more than a year thanks to several research studies proving negative side effects on the fetal level with maternal exposure. ... read more »

Fracking and Infertility: Is There a Link?

Fracking is one of the hottest trends in the energy business right now and it's a word that keeps environmentalists plenty busy, too. As it grows in popularity and more wells are drilled across the country, the health aspects of the process are being closely examined. ... read more »

Maternal Occupation May Have Impact on Asthma Risk

A new research study links a mother's occupation during pregnancy to increased risk ofasthma. According to researchers, exposure to certainagents could impact the fetus well into adulthood. ... read more »

Maternal Asthmogen Exposure and Asthma Risk in Offspring

Using information collected by the Danish National Birth Cohort, researchers at Aarhus University revealed no significant connection between maternal occupational exposure to asthmogens and asthma risk in children up to age seven. ... read more »

Newborns and Nail Salons

On a recent shopping trip with my family I walked past a nail salon and nonchalantly looked inside. There, sitting on her mother’s lap, was a tiny little newborn dressed in pink. The mother was having a pedicure. Her newborn looked no more than a few weeks old. ... read more »

Effect of Solvent Exposure on Childhood Behavior

Women who work during pregnancy are at increased risk of coming in contact with toxicants, including solvents. Researchers in France recently published a study on the effects of solvents on childhood behavior by age two. ... read more »

Printers, Ink, and Toners During Pregnancy

If your job includes close proximity to a printer or requires touching toner and ink, will that harm your baby? What about our home printers and copiers? ... read more »

Garden Fertilizer During Pregnancy

Growing a garden filled with flowers, or fruits and vegetables is also a healthy way to tend to your nesting needs when you are pregnant. However, if you are using fertilizer in your garden, you need to be aware of some gardening hazards during pregnancy. ... read more »

Phthalate Exposure And Children's Health

Numerous studies have been conducted on the possible health side effects associated with phthalate exposure and pregnancy. ... read more »

Paint and Paint Fumes During Pregnancy

Water-based paints or latex paints pose no increased reproductive risk because they have low volatility. However, solvent-based paints and old paintwork (which may contain traces of lead) may pose a greater risk. ... read more »

Dryer Sheets And Pregnancy

Dryer sheets are slathered in chemicals, which do have the potential to transform with the extreme heat of the dryer. You want to be extra careful when you’re pregnant but do you have to stop using dryer sheets? ... read more »

Food and Beverage Packages Source of Toxic Chemical Exposure

A group of scientists has published its concerns for the safety of the packaging materials used in the food and beverage supply. ... read more »

Study shows no problem of air pollution and pregnancy

When you are pregnant, you are always worrying about what could have a negative effect on your child’s development. Everything you eat, drink and do could affect your baby, and you don’t want to do anything to cause it harm. ... read more »

Hair Perm Perming During Pregnancy

Pregnancy hormones and longer processing time - thus a greater risk of chemical absorption through the scalp and into the bloodstream and thus come in contact with the fetus - make perming a bad idea. ... read more »

Yoga Mat Chemical in Hundreds of Everyday Food Products

The sandwich chain, Subway, made headlines in recent days for announcing it would no longer use a tongue-twisting synthetic chemical in the loaves of bread made and sold at its sandwich shops. ... read more »

‘No More Tears’ Baby Shampoo Now Has No Formaldehyde, Either

Consumer demand has prompted Johnson & Johnson to change the formula used to make its 'No More Tears' baby shampoo. The biggest change is that formaldehyde will no longer be a part of the product. ... read more »

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