Stain-Resistant Chemicals Linked to High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Mothers’ exposure to chemicals that make consumer products stain- and water-resistant has been linked to high blood pressure during pregnancy in an analysis of highly exposed communities in West Virginia and Ohio. The mothers’ levels of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) levels were associated with an increase in the odds of them experiencing pregnancy-induced hypertension.

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