Miscarriage and PesticidesWe all know pesticides or any other toxic chemicals should be avoided in pregnancy.
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This article talks about the harsh reality of being exposed to pesticides especially in agricultural areas. Read more:
Approximately 19,000 fetal deaths (stillborn) occur each year in the United States. The causes of these deaths remains unclear. Researchers from the University of North Carolina and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) worked together in this study of over 600 children to determine what part local pesticide use plays in increasing the risk of having a late fetal death after 5 months of pregnancy. Using maps and records of pesticide use, the researchers divided mothers into categories according to how close they lived to pesticide applications.
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If they lived within 1 mile of an agricultural pesticide application that occurred between weeks 3-8 of gestation they were considered as "exposed." Weeks 3-8 during pregnancy were selected since this is the critical period in which formation of organs and limbs are occurring. Results of this study showed there was approximately 2-fold greater risk of having a stillbirth if the mother lived within 1 mile from an agricultural area which used organophosphate - pyrethroid - carbamate - or chlorinated pesticides. Primary defects which contributed to the death of the child were urinary system and multiple congenital anomalies.