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How to keep pregnant women and their babies safe during pregnancy

Introduction

Pregnant women and babies are often exposed to high levels of toxic chemicals, so the best way to prevent them from developing serious health problems is to be aware of the dangers, experts say.

It is a well-known fact that pregnant women are at increased risk for respiratory problems and birth defects, especially among women of color, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The association says that the exposure of women and newborns to these chemicals can cause developmental problems and other health problems in later life.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the highest levels of chemicals detected in pregnant women have been linked to developmental problems, birth defects and death.

“We know that pregnant people are more likely to have a child who will have some form of birth defects,” said Dr. Michelle Bock, an obstetrician and gynecologist in Houston.

“It is important that we get pregnant women the information and support that they need to make informed decisions about their pregnancies and their pregnancies are at high risk for certain birth defects.” 

Bock is one of several experts who have come out in support of the idea that pregnant mothers need to be cautious about the amount of chemicals they are exposed to during pregnancy.

“I believe that women should be aware that they are potentially exposed to chemicals in pregnancy,” Bock said.

In the United States, women are also required to take a series of prenatal tests to make sure they are not pregnant and are not suffering from any other conditions.

These tests are called ultrasounds.

Bock noted that the majority of people do not take the tests, which are costly and sometimes require an appointment.

She said the safest way to avoid exposure to toxic chemicals is to use safer, less toxic products.

Bock said if you are pregnant, don’t be afraid to take the prenatal test.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency recommends that pregnant and lactating women who are pregnant or have recently given birth wear long sleeves and pants.

Bocks recommends a long sleeved shirt or long pants and no long-sleeved shirts or pants.

There are also more ways to reduce exposure to chemicals. 

“If you have any type of asthma or allergies, you should get a mask and wear it all the time,” Bocks said.

“We know from the EPA’s report that they have found that in areas where people have the most exposure, people who are most exposed to these toxins have the lowest levels of asthma and allergies.

It is not a good idea to use products that are not designed to be safe for people.”

Dr. Joanna G. Sperling, an environmental toxicologist, said the best method to prevent exposure to chemical compounds during pregnancy is to limit the amount that you are exposed.

“It is really important that people do the research before they start taking any kind of supplements,” she said.

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