Environmental Risks Video

Learn about the environmental risks that surround your pregnancy
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Hi, everybody! I am Melanie Raposo and welcome to Mommy's Minute. Preparing for a healthy pregnancy isn't only about eating nutritiously. There are also many environmental risks that can affect your pregnancy. Lead, for instance as we all know it's hazardous, but to a pregnant women the effects are much worse. When a woman is pregnant her bones experience demineralization which releases lead that is stored in the bones. This can in turn affect the fetus. Woman should also be cautious about getting toxoplasmosis by ingesting parasites found in raw meat, contaminated vegetables, milk, or water. It's also found in cat feces and there is a one to two percent chance that your fetus could die from toxoplasmosis or can encounter mental challenges. Women who are pregnant should also avoid sitting in hot tubs or Jacuzzis. Women who use hot tubes while pregnant are far more likely to miscarry than women who don't. And also x-rays and exposure to high amounts of radiation can cause malformation to the fetus or risk of later disease in life like leukemia.

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