Report Finds Environmental Chemicals A Pregnancy Risk

By Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press/ September 23, 2013 Buy reprints WASHINGTON From mercury to pesticides, Americans are exposed daily to environmental chemicals that could harm reproductive health, the nations largest groups of obstetricians and fertility specialists said Monday. The report urges doctors to push for stricter environmental policies to better identify and reduce exposure to chemicals that prove truly risky. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists already advises doctors conducting the first prenatal visit to ask mothers-to-be about their exposure to different chemicals. They are also supposed to teach women how to avoid some considered most worrisome during pregnancy.
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A healthy BMI during pregnancy leads to fewer complications: study

“Longer-term benefits of reducing maternal obesity will show improvements, not only in the health outcomes of mothers and their babies, but the workload and cost to current maternity services,” said study co-author Dr. Fiona Denison of Queens’s Medical Research Institute in Edinburgh. In the study, pregnant women were divided into five groups based on BMI. Compared to normal-weight (a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9) women, those in other weight categories — both underweight and overweight — had more complications and longer hospitalizations after birth. Severely obese women (a BMI higher than 35) had a three-fold increased risk of hypertension and gestational diabetes compared to normal women, the findings showed.
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Pregnancy Trend: Women Game for Pre-Conception Counselling

“We also see if any drug that the patient may be using needs to be changed,” Joshi said. ” Acne treatment, for instance, must be stopped three months before planning pregnancy even if it’s a local application and so should vitamin A applications”. The age factor But all said and done, doctors say that if a woman is below 30 years of age, the couple can take two years before seeking help, if the woman is 30 they should take a year, and if she is above 30, they should seek help after trying for six months because there is a “sharp decline in fertility between 35 to 37 years of age”. “We also advice couples on the best time for conception.
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