Helping to protect your baby during pregnancy
There is growing scientific concern that early life (in utero) exposures to certain harmful chemicals in our environment can lead to illnesses, including breast cancer, which might not develop until later in life (1, 2, 3, 4).
Many of us will take active steps to protect the health of our baby, such as eating healthy foods, taking vitamins and avoiding alcohol. But have you considered how exposures to certain chemicals used in every day products may impact the health of your unborn child, not only in the short term but for the rest of their life?
Whilst we cannot avoid all harmful chemicals, there are things we can do to help reduce unnecessary exposures and in turn help to give our children the best start in life. It need not be stressful or expensive and some easy changes can help make a big difference.
Click the links below to find out more and read our top tips to Reduce your Risk!
1. WHO (2012). Endocrine disrupters and child health. Possible developmental early effects of endocrine disrupters on child health. Geneva; World Health Organisation: 2012 Accessed February 6 2015
2. Berlaymont Declaration (2013). Accessed February 6 2015
3. Soto, A.M. et al. (2013). Does cancer start in the womb? Altered mammary gland development and predisposition to breast cancer due to in utero exposure to endocrine disruptors. Journal of Mammary Gland Biology Neoplasia 18(2): 199-208.
4. Bellingham, M. and Sharpe, R.M. (2013). Chemical Exposures During Pregnancy (Scientific Impact Paper No. 37). The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (2013) Accessed February 5 2015