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Title: Body Representations of Internal Pollution: The Risk Perception of the Circulation of Environmental Contaminants in Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women in Spain
Author: Larrea Killinger, Cristina
Muñoz Garcia, Araceli
Begueria, Arantza
Mascaró i Pons, Jaume
Keywords: Percepció del risc
Contaminants persistents
Risk perception
Persistent pollutants
Pregnant women
Issue Date: 11-Sep-2020
Publisher: MDPI
Abstract: In this article, we analyze how pregnant and breastfeeding women perceive the inside of their bodies as well as their thoughts regarding the accumulation and elimination of chemical compounds present in food, and how these are then transmitted to the fetus. We explore different social perceptions of risk regarding the circulation of chemical compounds inside the body using qualitative research based on the technique of body mapping, comprised of women's figures of their bodies in combination with comments on the figures, food diaries and narratives from in-depth interviews. We examine how these 41 women (21 pregnant and 20 breastfeeding) perceive the body's internal mechanisms during the stages of pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as the circulation of chemical contaminants within it. The body mapping technique allowed us to analyze participants' knowledge of internal pollution, a little-understood process in society. Thanks to these pregnant and breastfeeding women, who made an effort to represent and reflect on these new risks, this study shows that scientists and obstetricians need to collaborate with women in order to better understand and publicize the risks of internal pollution.
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It is part of: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2020, vol. 17, num. 6544, p.
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ISSN: 1660-4601
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