Science Inventory

Issue Paper on Physiological and Behavioral Changes in Pregnant and Lactating Women and Available Exposure Factors

Notice:

EPA is announcing the availability of the final report, "Issue Paper on Physiological and Behavioral Changes in Pregnant and Lactating Women and Available Exposure Factors."

Citation:

Moya, J., L. Phillips, L. Schuda, J. Sanford, M. Wooton, AND A. Gregg. Issue Paper on Physiological and Behavioral Changes in Pregnant and Lactating Women and Available Exposure Factors. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-15/169, 2015.

Impact/Purpose:

The purpose of the issue paper is to provide a summary of data available on physiological and behavioral changes in pregnant and lactating women and related exposure factors.

Description:

This issue paper provides a summary of information from the published literature related to behavioral and physiological changes during pregnancy and lactation that may affect women’s exposure or susceptibility to environmental contaminants, provides potentially useful exposure factor data for this population of women, and highlights data gaps.

Background

Exposures to environmental contaminants can pose a risk to pregnant women’s health, the developing fetus, children, and adults later in their lives. Assessing risks to this potentially susceptible population requires an understanding of the physiological and behavioral changes that occur during pregnancy and lactation. Many physiological and anatomical changes occur in a woman’s organ systems during the course of pregnancy and lactation.

For example, blood volume and cardiac output increase during pregnancy, and other metabolic functions are altered to provide for the demands of the fetus. Nutritional demands are greater during pregnancy and lactation. There also are changes in behavior during both pregnancy and lactation. For example, water consumption during pregnancy and lactation increases. These behavioral and physiological changes can lead to different environmental exposures than these women might otherwise experience in the absence of pregnancy or lactation.

URLs/Downloads:

Issue Paper on Physiological and Behavioral Changes in Pregnant and Lactating Women and Available Exposure Factors   (PDF,190 pp, 2587 KB,  about PDF)

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PUBLISHED REPORT/REPORT)
Product Published Date: 12/02/2015
Record Last Revised: 10/12/2016
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 310325

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR