We all know that when you’re pregnant you’ve got to give up the booze and cigarettes but now pregnant women are to go a step further by wrapping themselves completely in cotton wool.
Advice detailed in a new Scientific Impact Paper by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) launched today has suggested that pregnant women should take a “safety first” approach towards exposure to chemicals from everyday household items.
Women have been told that they risk harm to their unborn babies and have have been advised to avoid paint fumes, or buying new fabrics, cars, furniture even non-stick frying pans.
They’ve also been advised to minimise their use of shower gel, shampoo and moisutriser and look upon the natural or herbal tags with suspicion.
Dr Michelle Bellingham, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow, and co-author of the paper, said ‘While there is no official advice on this topic available to pregnant women, there is much conflicting anecdotal evidence about environmental chemicals and their potentially adverse effects on developing babies.
‘The information in this report is aimed at addressing this problem and should be conveyed routinely in infertility and antenatal clinics so women are made aware of key facts that will allow them to make informed choices regarding lifestyle changes.’
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