Blood lead and mercury levels in pregnant women in the United States, 2003-2008.

@article{Jones2010BloodLA,
  title={Blood lead and mercury levels in pregnant women in the United States, 2003-2008.},
  author={Lindsey Irene Jones and Joseph Parker and Pauline Mendola},
  journal={NCHS data brief},
  year={2010},
  volume={52},
  pages={
          1-8
        }
}
Chemical exposure during pregnancy is potentially harmful to the developing fetus, as the placenta cannot protect against heavy metals such as lead and mercury. Cord blood mercury levels have been associated with childhood cognitive function. High levels of lead exposure during pregnancy have been associated with adverse birth outcomes and, in some studies, with lower cognitive function test scores in childhood; relatively low lead levels have recently been associated with a small risk of… CONTINUE READING

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