EWG performed a study on chemicals found in newborn’s umbilical chords. Among the compounds found in the tissues samples were BPA, Teflon, flame retardant found in couches and bedding, the total number of toxic chemicals was 232. Many of the chemicals found in the babies umbilical chords were components of make up and personal products that women continue to use throughout pregnancy.
The EWG put out a list of ways to avoid the most harmful toxins during pregnancy (as always).
Among the substances newly discovered, in addition to BPA, included a toxic flame retardant chemical (tetrabromobisphenol A) designed for computer circuit boards, chemicals used in synthetic fragrances (galaxolide and tonalide) for common cosmetics and detergents, and a member of the notorious Teflon chemical family (perfluorobutanoic acid) that helps make non-stick, and grease, stain and water-resistant coatings for a number of everyday consumer products.”