Thursday, 6 June 2013

Making Headlines

Royal Collage of Obstetricians and Gynecology released a new paper on chemical exposure during pregnancy and the risks. 

"Chemical exposures during pregnancy: Dealing with potential, but unproven, risks to child health, raises awareness of the current issues surrounding chemical exposure during pregnancy and offers advice for women to make informed decisions that will predispose their baby to have the best possible health."  (

This story has had a great deal of media exposure. Many writing that women are  bombarded with too much information. On one hand it often appears ever changing, you can't do this, you can't do that, don't eat this but now you can eat that etc etc . It can be very complicated and confusing. On the other hand, if we have new research then, surely it should be shared with mothers-to-be?

The RCOG have asked women to take a 'saftey first' approach. They recommend pregnant women to- 

Always eat fresh food when you can so to avoid canned/plastic contained food, as well as less use of personal care products and over the counter medicine.  Also to keep away from paint fumes and pesticides.

It may seem a little over the top for some and it could also fuel worry for others. The best thing to do is to try and minimize your contact with chemicals and take the advice where ever possible.

Also-  Eating fresh food is always a good idea, especially in regards to the baby's health. (Check out our post on healthy eating). 

If you have any questions/worries please email our midwives at

Nurture Antenatal x

If you'd like to see the full RCOG report here is a link -

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