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How to Educate Pregnant Women about Endocrine Disruptors?

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Health-Endocrine Disruptors-EXposome (HEDEX), INSERM-CIC1402, University Hospital of Poitiers, 86000 Poitiers, France
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Department of Public Health, BioSPharm Pole, University Hospital of Poitiers, 86000 Poitiers, France
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UMR CNRS 7285, IC2MP, 86000 Poitiers, France
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Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Poitiers, 86000 Poitiers, France
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UMR SPHERE, Nantes, 86000 Poitiers, France
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(6), 2156; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17062156 (registering DOI)
Received: 10 February 2020 / Revised: 21 March 2020 / Accepted: 23 March 2020 / Published: 24 March 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Potential Risks and Factors of Women's Health Promotion)
Background: Despite mediatization, only half of pregnant women are informed about endocrine disruptors (EDs). We wished to inquire about appropriate environmental health education procedures during pregnancy: Who, when, and how? Methods: The question stems from a comprehensive population health intervention research project. It includes qualitative studies aimed at constructing an educational program in environmental health and an accompanying assessment tool. The validation of a customized questionnaire (PREVED© for Pregnancy Prevention Endocrine Disruptors) about the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) of pregnant women regarding exposure to EDs was carried out in a quantitative study. Results: Health education by a prenatal professional with communication skills should take place as early as possible, during the preconception period or early pregnancy, as part of individual consultation or group workshops. In order to customize the discourse and to develop women’s empowerment, concomitant presentation of the risks by the products used in each room and of previous solutions is recommended. Conclusion: Appropriate health education procedures on EDs should be done at every contact but taking the KAP of pregnant women into account first. We propose all educational actions should be accompanied by questioning of the KAP of pregnant women; for example, with questions from the PREVED© questionnaire. View Full-Text
Keywords: health education; endocrine disruptor; pregnant women; educational posture health education; endocrine disruptor; pregnant women; educational posture
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Rouillon, S.; El Ouazzani, H.; Hardouin, J.-B.; Enjalbert, L.; Rabouan, S.; Migeot, V.; Albouy-Llaty, M. How to Educate Pregnant Women about Endocrine Disruptors? Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2156.

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