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How worried should she be?

There has never been any shortage of advice for mothers-to-be about how to protect their unborn babies and now the list of harmful things to avoid has extended even further. Pregnant women have been startled by a new list of household items they have been told to avoid. It would seem it now includes pretty much everything, from new furniture to non-stick frying pans!

Experts at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, who drew up the new guidance list have admitted they erred on the side of caution but believe women should be made aware of the risks in case they want to reduce their exposure to potentially harmful materials, which can build up over time. Many experts have criticised the authors of the paper saying the chemicals suggested as harmful are present in such minute amounts they are in fact highly unlikely to cause harm to an unborn baby.

However, a professor of toxicology at the University of Aston praises the new report saying it would be patronising to refrain from telling people about the potential risks just because we are not certain. The list includes: non-stick frying pans, housework, new cars, soft furnishings, food packaging, paint fumes, make-up and painkillers. But without proper assessment of evidence is this useful advice or just scaremongering that will stress pregnant women out more than is necessary?

If you would like to speak with our independent midwives about how you can protect your unborn baby from harmful chemicals call us on: 0844 880 1084.