FREIA will promote women’s health before during and after pregnancy. We will create resources for a healthy living.
FREIA takes the responsibility to communicate our scientific findings and to inform society about the potential health risks of EDCs.
A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
While EDC exposures during early development might prime a woman’s predisposition to reduced reproductive health, these effects can be amplified through additional exposures or lifestyle factors after birth. After all, the ovarian reserve should last for decades, and is being continuously exposed to EDCs. This is the ”double-whammy” concept.
When communicating the health risks of EDC exposures, we should be aware of balancing the focus on chemical exposure in the womb with the influence of the environment in which women are pregnant and in which children grow up. This means that it is important to expand the scientific focus and include the importance of a healthy lifestyle and a sustainable society in our communications on EDC-related health risks and disease prevention strategies.
A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
The research outcomes of FREIA in combination with for example the HBM4EU initiative and the SAFeR Study can make an important contribution to our understanding how potential adverse maternal and offspring lifestyle factors can influence EDC-related disease risk, specifically regarding female reproductive health.
The FREIA project will provide excellent starting points to identify possibilities for disease prevention. Moreover, the youth of today are also future parents and our future healthcare professionals. It is, therefore, extremely important to train and educate this generation about the (science behind) risks of environmental exposures and life-style factors and encourage positive health-related behaviours.
FREIA aims develop a strategy for sustainable options to promote a healthier society and improve women’s health before, during, and after pregnancy.