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Can being around chemicals affect a fetus?


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2016-11-30 18:13:54
2016-11-30 18:13:54

Yes, certainly. Many chemicals can cross the placenta. Obvious examples are alcohol and drugs like thalidomide, as well as things like carbon monoxide which impair the proper functioning of blood.


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2016-11-30 18:11:34
2016-11-30 18:11:34

As you should know, breathing chemicals while not pregnant is not good. Therefore, it is even worse to expose your unborn baby to harsh chemicals. Just remember, you are the life support that your baby is living on and whatever you put into your body is what also enters the body of your baby... whether it may be by eating or breathing.

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Age does affect the exposure to chemicals. Babies and children generally have a higher risk of negative effects due to the exposure of harmful chemicals. An unborn fetus is the most susceptible. This is due to the fact that their organs are not fully developed.

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Harmful chemicals or viruses that can be transferred from a mother to her developing fetus are called teratogens.

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Some chemicals can cross the blood barrier between the uterus and the fetus and enter the umbilical cord. This is sometimes due to a high concentration of chemicals such as alcohol, or in heavy metal poisoning.

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The chemicals can be absorbed by the mother and transferred to the fetus. The chemicals can have a major impact on the development of the child and cause birth defects. The full impact is not known, other than it has never been good.


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