A joint committee of specialists from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine issued a report on Monday urging doctors to play a greater role in changing environmental policies aimed at preventing chemical exposure during pregnancy. Nearly all women are exposed to a minimum of 43 environmental chemicals while pregnant, and some of these chemicals are associated with health problems, including birth defects, infertility and miscarriages, the committee said.

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