Research by Dr Mark Nieuwenhuijsen published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine today (4 April) highlights an area of potential risk to pregnant women through exposure to the by-products of chlorination in swimming pools.
The following statement clarifies the potential risk:
Dr Nieuwenhuijsen, from the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at Imperial College, London says:
"There is no empirical evidence that chlorination by-products in swimming pools have a detrimental effect on the health of swimming pool users. Based on the available evidence, there is minimal, if any, risk for pregnant women and the benefits largely outweigh the risks. Swimming is beneficial to pregnant women but it is also essential to disinfect water to get rid of dangerous pathogens.
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