There are many things to consider when a woman is pregnant concerning the health of
her unborn child. The woman’s environment is important because she may be exposed to
many teratogens that could potentially be harmful to the fetus. Some examples may
include second hand smoke, work environment, poor living conditions.
Second hand smoke, some say, is worse than being a smoker themselves. Cigarette
smoke contains approximately 4,000 chemicals, 43 which are directly linked to causing
cancer. According to the National Toxicology Program, it is estimated that at least 250
chemicals in secondhand smoke are known to be toxic or carcinogenic. This puts a
pregnant woman’s unborn child at an increased risk for harm during pregnancy. A
woman that is aware of this should be more aware of this environment for the safety and
full growth potential while in the womb.
Another environment that may be risky could be the work place. I, myself, work in the
medical field. While I was pregnant, there were certain patients I was not permitted to be
around because of infectious diseases or viruses. Some viruses that was included was
Chicken Pox, or a strand of the herpes virus call Shingles. This exposure could have been
potentially harmful, if not fatal, to my unborn child. Another example of an unsafe work
environment could be somewhere that was unsanitary, or chemicals that could cause
harm if inhaled or ingested.
Poor living conditions could also play in important role in the health and safety of a
developing fetus. Some environments in inner cities or areas of disaster, such as
hurricane Katrina, make cause some exposure to unsanitary conditions. In inner cities,
many people reside in places that have bad septic systems, or may be infested with
roaches, that carry many deadly diseases. Dirty drinking or bathing water may also be a
When a woman decides to get...