Saturday 25 November 2017

Sunblock warning for expectant women

Dominic Harris

Pregnant women are being advised to avoid chemicals in household products such as food packaging, moisturisers and sunscreen, and family medicines that could cause harm to their unborn babies.

But the advice has provoked concern, with critics saying the report is alarmist and can add to a mother's stress.

In its 'Scientific Impact Paper', Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) says that while there is little evidence to suggest whether such chemicals do affect a baby's development, or even if there is a risk to health, they advise women to assume that a risk is present.

But Tracey Brown, from Sense About Science, warned: "As the report itself shows, there are many unfounded rumours about links between particular substances and pregnancy outcomes. By contrast, we have plenty of evidence that stress is a major risk factor in pregnancy. Researchers and professional bodies shouldn't be adding to it."

Irish Independent

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