Should pregnant women avoid using shower gel?

A recent report from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists highlighted the challenges of dealing with potential but unproven risks to child health during pregnancy. While the report's authors acknowledge that most exposures to environmental chemicals experienced by pregnant women probably pose minimal risk they suggested a "safety first" approach that includes, amongst other things, minimizing the use of shower gel, using fresh food whenever possible and not purchasing new cars whilst pregnant. But what are pregnant women to make of this? Further Information: Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Report: Is everything a risk when you are pregnant? Risk Bites was created by Andrew Maynard. This week's video was produced by: Andrew Maynard David Faulkner Many thanks to Brian Zikmund-Fisher and Dana Dolinoy at the University of Michigan for their advice and input Risk Bites is supported by: University of Michigan School of Public Health. University of Michigan Risk Science Center. Risk Bites is your guide to making sense of risk. We cover everything from understanding and balancing the risks and benefits of everyday products, to health science more broadly, to the potential impacts of emerging technologies, to making sense of risk perception. If you enjoy our videos, please subscribe, and spread the word! #exposure #risk #hazard Click here to see more videos:

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