Posted By Dr. Mercola | February 05 2011

Virtually all pregnant women in the U.S. carry multiple chemicals in their bodies. This chemical load includes some banned since the 1970’s, as well as others used in common products such as non-stick cookware, processed foods and personal care products.

A new study marks the first time that the number of chemicals to which pregnant women are exposed has been counted.

Researchers analyzed data for more than 160 chemicals and detected polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides, perfluorinated compounds (PFCs), phenols, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), phthalates, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and perchlorate in 99 to 100 percent of pregnant women.

Science Daily reports:

“Among the chemicals found in the study group were PBDEs, compounds used as flame retardants now banned in many states including California, and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), an organochlorine pesticide banned in the United States in 1972.”


Environmental Health Perspectives January 14, 2011


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  1. Michael,
    why am I NOT at all surprised. Sadly, I don’t think that its just pregnant women carrying all these chemicals in their body – I think we pretty much all do.
    Given all the chemicals that are pumped into our food today, its quite a wonder that we can find anything “natural” and healthy to eat!

  2. study reveals the bodies of.virtually all pregnant women in the United States carry multiple.chemicals including some banned since the 1970s and others used in.common products like non-stick cookware processed foods and.personal care products…The study marks the first time that the number of chemicals to.which pregnant women are exposed has been counted…The researchers analyzed data for 268 pregnant women from the.National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey NHANES .2003-2004 a nationally representative sample of the U.S..population… ..They then analyzed data for 163 chemicals and detected in 99 to.100 percent of pregnant women polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs .organochlorine pesticides perfluorinated compounds PFCs .phenols polybrominated diphenyl ethers PBDEs phthalates .polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons PAHs and perchlorate…If those chemicals sound scary its because they are…PBDEs are compounds used as flame retardants now banned in many.states including California. ..Prenatal exposure to BPA has been linked to affecting and increasing later in life…The study was not designed to identify direct connections to.adverse health outcomes but the findings do have the researchers.worried… It was surprising and concerning to find so many chemicals in.pregnant women without fully knowing the implications for.pregnancy said lead author Tracey Woodruff PhD MPH director of.the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment… Several of these chemicals in pregnant women were at the same.concentrations that have been associated with negative effects in.children from other studies.

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