Event Title

Prospective Mothers' Awareness and Knowledge of Environmental Impacts Upon Pregnancy

Location

CSU 253/4/5

Start Date

4-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2011 10:30 AM

Student's Major

Health Science, Biological Sciences

Student's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Mentor's Name

Judith Luebke

Mentor's Department

Health Science

Mentor's College

Allied Health and Nursing

Description

Healthy pregnancies and optimal fetal development are crucial to ensure a healthy future for not only the mother and child but for our society as a whole. In addition to personal health behaviors and genetic factors, environmental toxins can pose significant risks to the pregnant woman and her developing fetus. A recently initiated longitudinal study of children in Ramsey County, Minnesota seeks to investigate the long term health consequence of exposure to environmental pollutants including radiation and selected chemicals. (MPR NEWS, January 24, 2011 minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/24/national-childrens-study/) Prenatal education, including avoidance of environmental contaminants, for pregnant women can help reduce these risks and complications by informing pregnant woman about the impact of environmental factors. The purpose of this research was to determine prospective mothers‘ awareness and knowledge of environmental impacts upon pregnancy and fetal development. Data were collected by written survey from pregnant women attending selected prenatal education classes in both rural and urban Minnesota cities.

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Prospective Mothers' Awareness and Knowledge of Environmental Impacts Upon Pregnancy

CSU 253/4/5

Healthy pregnancies and optimal fetal development are crucial to ensure a healthy future for not only the mother and child but for our society as a whole. In addition to personal health behaviors and genetic factors, environmental toxins can pose significant risks to the pregnant woman and her developing fetus. A recently initiated longitudinal study of children in Ramsey County, Minnesota seeks to investigate the long term health consequence of exposure to environmental pollutants including radiation and selected chemicals. (MPR NEWS, January 24, 2011 minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/24/national-childrens-study/) Prenatal education, including avoidance of environmental contaminants, for pregnant women can help reduce these risks and complications by informing pregnant woman about the impact of environmental factors. The purpose of this research was to determine prospective mothers‘ awareness and knowledge of environmental impacts upon pregnancy and fetal development. Data were collected by written survey from pregnant women attending selected prenatal education classes in both rural and urban Minnesota cities.

Recommended Citation

Vang, Amanda M.. "Prospective Mothers' Awareness and Knowledge of Environmental Impacts Upon Pregnancy." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 4, 2011.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2011/poster-session-A/8