Experts warn to be alert and alarmed at risks in pregnancy

While the consumption of herbal remedies and medicines, such as paracetamol, and the use of household cleaning products, such as pesticides, are well-documented sources of chemical exposure, new advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists points out the lesser recognised sources of potential harm.

These include cans and plastic food containers, personal care products such as sunscreens, shower gels and moisturisers, as well as new furniture, new cars, paint fumes and non-stick frying pans.

Exposure to considerable amounts of environmental chemicals has been linked to adverse health effects in women and children, including pre-term birth, low birthweight, congenital defects, impaired immune development and infertility.

The report recommends pregnant women assume there is risk present even when it may be