Scientists have warned that certain environments a pregnant woman works in can adversely affect their child's health.

Researchers from Denmark's School of Public Health told the European Respiratory Society's annual congress that women who work with vehicle parts, shoes, glues, wooden furniture and paint were twice as likely to give birth to youngsters with asthma.

The research took into account other factors, such as weight, smoking and pets, and found that many of the women had themselves also developed breathing difficulties. As a result, the scientists have called for better ventilation in workplaces to reduce the risk.

Researcher Dr Berit Hvass Christensen, said: "Further research is needed to find the most harmful chemicals and substances."

Posted by Robert Mair

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