By Treven Pyles
Posted on July 18th, 2021
Female veterans or the wives of veterans who were stationed at military bases contaminated with PFAS while they were pregnant are at high risk of experiencing a miscarriage and preterm birth. Furthermore, their babies also have great chances of being born with a wide range of birth defects, such as spina bifida and neural tube defects.
By now, it is a known fact that the environment of over 700 military bases throughout the United States is heavily contaminated with PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals that can lead to numerous terrible diseases, including multiple types of cancer if one is exposed to them. However, while the majority of information available about this issue concerns male veterans, little is spoken about pregnant female veterans and the pregnant wives of veterans who were stationed with them on these polluted military bases. Exposure to PFAS is not only dangerous for the pregnant woman herself but also for her unborn baby, as these harmful chemicals can easily penetrate the womb and greatly affect the fetus.
There are a lot of health problems pregnant female veterans or pregnant women who were stationed on these military bases can develop as a consequence of PFAS exposure, such as miscarriages and preemies. As for their babies, they are often born with congenital birth defects such as spina bifida or neural tube defects. Considering the high risk of pregnant women who spent time at contaminated military bases of suffering a serious health problem, as well as the great chances of their children being born with a birth defect, there is not a shadow of a doubt that more awareness needs to be raised of this alarming issue.
According to medical studies, if a pregnant woman has PFAS in her blood, these harmful chemicals may interfere with gene regulators and hormones that control two of the essential functions of the body, namely metabolism, and immunity. Furthermore, PFAS may also alter the levels of thyroid hormones of both the mother and the baby, which play a crucial role in brain development, growth and metabolism, and immunity. Therefore, prenatal exposure to PFAS may cause immediate and permanent effects on the mother and the baby.
In 1981, the notorious 3M company that manufactures products with PFAS examined the umbilical cord of some of the newborns of their workers and found that PFAS penetrated the placenta, but they kept these findings hidden. Consequently, there is no doubt that exposure to PFAS can have terrible effects on the health of both pregnant women and their children. The following are some of the main health issues heavy exposure to PFAS may cause in pregnant women who spent time on contaminated military bases and their babies:
If you are a woman who was stationed at one or multiple military bases contaminated with PFAS while you were pregnant and experienced a miscarriage or a preemie or if your baby was born with a birth defect, it is important to know that you have the right to seek financial compensation. Our lawyers are ready to offer you the assistance you need to recover the money you deserve for your suffering or on behalf of your child from the liable companies.