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Report finds environmental chemicals a pregnancy risk

Most Americans have traces of BPA in their urine because the chemical has been widely used, including in hard-plastic bottles at one time.
Most Americans have traces of BPA in their urine because the chemical has been widely used, including in hard-plastic bottles at one time.File

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WASHINGTON — From mercury to pesticides, Americans are exposed daily to environmental chemicals that could harm reproductive health, the nation’s largest groups of obstetricians and fertility specialists said Monday.

The report urges doctors to push for stricter environmental policies to better identify and reduce exposure to chemicals that prove truly risky.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists already advises doctors conducting the first prenatal visit to ask mothers-to-be about their exposure to different chemicals. They are also supposed to teach women how to avoid some considered most worrisome during pregnancy.

Specialists with the college and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine examined research about industrial chemicals and pollutants that people can absorb from the air, water, food and everyday products.

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