A pregnant woman could test positive for asbestos and lead if she’s exposed to a potentially harmful chemical while pregnant, according to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives.
The study, which looked at 1,097 pregnant women, found the chemicals are in the body during pregnancy.
“The results of this study show that prenatal exposure to asbestos and/or lead is a risk for pregnant women,” said lead author Dr. James L. Ragan of Harvard Medical School in Boston.
“We need to be mindful of prenatal exposure and make sure pregnant women get screened.”
The study looked at the prenatal exposure of women in the United States and Canada and their children who had been born after October of last year.
The researchers looked at maternal health, including how much time and stress a pregnant woman experienced during her pregnancy and her prenatal care, as well as their prenatal exposures.
The women’s exposures were categorized into three categories: exposure during pregnancy, exposure during labor and/and birth, and exposure to a third type of exposure.
“It’s possible for a pregnant person to be exposed to asbestos during pregnancy and the mother’s prenatal exposure,” said study author Drs.
Susan H. Rochat and Mary K. Lebovitz of Harvard University School of Public Health.
“But we don’t know what the mother is actually exposed to.
We know that a mother’s exposure to lead has been shown to be associated with a reduced birth weight and an increased risk for prematurity, but we don, and that’s the big concern.”
The researchers said prenatal exposure can have an impact on a pregnant women’s mental health and health and development as a child.
Lead exposure can impact a woman’s cognitive abilities, cognitive skills can affect a woman as a mother, and the maternal mental health may also have an effect on a child, according the study.
In addition, exposure to low levels of lead during pregnancy can lead to brain damage.
“A lot of the things that we’re looking at in terms of the prenatal environment are things that occur in the womb,” Rochains said.
“What we’re also looking at is the mother as a person who has that exposure to those chemicals.
There’s a lot of different ways that prenatal exposures can impact that.”
Exposure to lead and other toxic chemicals can have negative effects on pregnant women and their unborn children, the researchers said.
Some studies have shown that women with prenatal lead exposure have lower IQs and have an increased chance of having low birth weight babies, compared to other women.
“Pregnant women are at higher risk of having children with problems, especially with low birth weights,” Ragan said.
Lead, which is a toxic chemical, is found in a wide variety of chemicals, including paint and household cleaners.
Exposure to high levels of a toxic substance can cause the release of toxic chemicals, and lead exposure can also lead to cancer and other diseases.
Exposure of pregnant women to a substance can affect the developing fetus, leading to the development of low birthweight babies.
Lead has been associated with birth defects, including anencephaly, a condition in which a baby does not have an internal skull or brain, according a 2007 study in the Journal of Pediatrics.
“I do not believe that the use of lead in the home should be an option for all women,” Ragon said.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends pregnant women use lead-free paints and solvents to protect themselves from lead.
Other studies have linked lead to birth defects in fetuses born to women exposed to lead in their womb, Ragan added.