A new survey of OB/GYNs, conducted by UCSF, found that most do not warn pregnant women about chemicals in food, general products or the environment that could harm the developing fetus. Many say they don’t want to alarm patients and focus more on the risks of obesity and high blood pressure.


When Dr. Darragh Flynn sits down with her pregnant patients, she preaches healthy habits: eat nutritious foods, take vitamins, and don’t smoke or drink. She also advises them to avoid gasoline fumes, pesticides, certain types of fish, and some household cleaners and cosmetics.

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Lisa Aliferis

Lisa Aliferis is the founding editor of KQED's State of Health blog. Since 2011, she's been writing stories and editing them for the site. Before taking up blogging, she toiled for many years producing health stories for television, including Dateline NBC and San Francisco's CBS affiliate, KPIX-TV. She also wrote up a handy guide to the Affordable Care Act, especially for Californians. You can follow her on Twitter: @laliferis

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