Other Conditions & Exposures

Expert reports about Other Conditions & Exposures


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO MIGHT BE EXPOSED, ARE BEING EXPOSED, OR HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO MOLD DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is mold?

Mold refers to the fungal species Stachybotrys chartarum - known commonly as black mold, although it is greenish black. There has been some concern in public discussions that exposure to the mold through inhalation could cause problems in pregnant women. It also refers to toxigenic fungi, various molds which produce toxins, such as aflatoxin. Black mold grows in colonies, similar to other types of mold, and can be found on indoor walls of buildings and on other surfaces, particularly when the surfaces contain cellulose (tiles, wallpaper, carpets) and particularly when the environment is damp. Spores released from growing mold become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs.


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