Resources for Exposure Types and Effects on Pregnancy
Childbirth Connection's Resources for Environment Awareness During Pregnancy
Planning Pregnancy: Environment: Home & Work
In our section called The Stages of Pregnancy, we have outlined the planning of your pregnancy, each stage of pregnancy, giving birth, and the early period after birth. This link is devoted to environment (home and work) while planning for your pregnancy.
General Environmental Exposures That Effect Pregnancy
Web Resources for Environmental Justice Activists: Dioxin Homepage: website about dioxin and ways to avoid exposure to it
The National Academies: Report Recommends Steps to Reduce Dietary Dioxin Exposure: ways to reduce your dietary exposure to dioxin
American Academy of Pediatrics: Safety & Prevention: Environmental Hazards: pediatric environmental health information
Resources for Environmental Exposures and Effects on PregnancyOrganization of Teratology Information Specialists: helping to prevent birth defects through education and research
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS): Fact Sheets: a list of free downloadable fact sheets on exposures of concern to pregnant women
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS): Find a TIS: find a teratogen service by state
Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS): Paternal Exposures and Pregnancy (PDF download): information to help you determine if paternal exposures during pregnancy represent an increased fetal risk
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Toxoplasmosis: information on what toxoplasmosis is, how to avoid it and what to do if exposed
Office of Health Assessment and Translation: an environmental health resource for the public and health researchers
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Answers to an Expectant Mother's Common Questions about Traffic Safety (PDF): brochure of automobile safety best practices
Resources for Home Exposures and Effects on PregnancyUS Humane Society: Pregnancy and Toxoplasmosis: website that provides information on pet care during pregnancy and toxoplasmosis
United States Department of Agriculture: Protect Your Baby and Yourself From Listeriosis: safe food handling for a healthy pregnancy
National Institutes of Health: Household Products Database: health and safety information on household products
Resources for Work Exposures and Effects on PregnancyNational Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: information on reproductive health
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: The Effects of Workplace Hazards on Female Reproductive Health: reproductive hazards in the workplace, their effects on childbearing women and how to avoid these hazards
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health: The Effects of Workplace Hazards on Male Reproductive Health: reproductive hazards to males in the workplace, their effects on producing healthy children and how to avoid these hazards
Resources for Disease Control and Prevention Regarding Pregnancy
The Hospital for Sick Children: Motherisk: treating the mother, protecting the unborn
Healthy Communications for a Healthy Life: Childhood Cancer and Its Avoidable Causes: an article on the public's lack of awareness on the escalating incidence of childhoold cancer and its avoidable causes
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