Pregnancy and environmental impacts: 6 tips to limit the risks

Preventing the impact of exposure to contaminants has become a major public health issue, and even more so during the 9 months of pregnancy, to preserve the health of the unborn child. On this World Environment Day, here are 6 tips to limit the risks.

Atmospheric pollution, endocrine disruptors… Throughout her pregnancy, pregnant women are exposed to multiple pollutants, includingchronic exposure can lead to serious consequences on the health of the unborn baby.

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Pregnancy is one of most vulnerable periods of a woman’s life. Faced with environmental exposures and endocrine disruptors, the placenta or the fetal membrane can be affected, respectively causing poor fetal health or a higher risk of premature birth.

Adopt a healthy lifestyle even before pregnancy

It is therefore important to adopt good habits at each stage of pregnancy. Before pregnancy, it is important to adopt a healthy lifestyle in the two to three months preceding conception in order to promote good gamete health and limit the impact on the health of the unborn child: vary your dietplay sports, eliminate industrial products and additives, limit fat…

During pregnancy, limit them toxic plastics (prepackaged foods, etc.) and vary your diet to limit the appearance of allergies in the future baby.

Source :

  • Press conference, Foundation for Medical Research, June 3, 2022

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Do not heat dishes in the microwave contained in a plastic box
At first, it is important to avoid limiting the consumption of food that has been in contact with plastic: go to the market several times a week to buy fresh products, which have not been in contact with plastic. Also avoid heating food in the microwave in a plastic box or tray.

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Pay attention to the cosmetics used
Cosmetics can also contain endocrine disruptors. In contact with our skin, they can also pass into the placenta. Instead, buy your cosmetics in small structures, with recyclable or glass packaging and limit industrial products as much as possible.

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Prefer glass bottles for liquids
In contact with phthalates (endocrine disruptors that serve to soften the plastic), the amniotic membrane can inflame earlier than expected, which can cause premature births. Instead of drinking water or other liquids from a plastic bottle, choose glass containers.

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Consume organic food
The consumption of organic foods is recommended as early as possible prior to pregnancy, and throughout the period from maternity to breastfeeding. Even if we cannot guarantee 100% to consume foods free of chemical agents, the doses will be extremely low. Also favor long-term organic consumption for the child once he is born.

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Install a water filter on faucets
If plastic bottles are not recommended, tap water can also be decried. Chlorine, contaminated water… To remedy this, you can install a water filter on the taps, which will be able to filter endocrine disruptors potentially harmful to the body.

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