While pregnancy poses many health related risks, the unthought of daily exposure to the environment is another that can be added to the list. From pesticides to mercury consumed in fish, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has conducted research to investigate the pollutants and industrial chemicals that are absorbed via air, water, food and other everyday products on a daily basis. Some of the pollutants being researched have proved to be linked to infertility, miscarriages, birth defects and other problems affecting healthy births.
The health risks related to pesticide exposure are not solely harmful in pregnancy, the effects are harmful to anyone exposed. High pesticide exposure has also been linked to sterility and prostate cancer in men.
The compound BPA, used to make many plastics, also has be shown to have harmful effects due to long term exposure and has been banned by the FDA for use in children’s products in recent years. BPA has been shown to produce hormonal properties at high dosage levels, which have caused its ban and raised concern about its suitability in consumer products and food containers.