Pregnant Women Affected by Japan Nuclear Radiation

I don’t really believe that pregnant women and nursing mothers won’t be affected by tap water contaminated by nuclear radiation. Common sense dictates that nuclear radiation spares no one, young or old, men or women, pregnant or not pregnant. Here’s the questionable news from Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Pregnant women and nursing mothers will not be affected by tap water with traces of radioactive contamination, the Japan Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology says.    Radioactive iodine exceeding the government-set safety level for infants was detected in tap water at water treatment facilities in Tokyo and the nearby prefectures of Saitama and Chiba when the crisis continues at a quake-ravaged nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture in northeast Japan.   But the society says on its Web site that in the affected areas such women and their babies will face no health damage even if they drink tap water every day.

Radioiodine at levels of 210 becquerels per kilogram of water was found in Tokyo tap water on Wednesday, against the limit of 100 becqureles for infants.   The society estimated that radiation exposure for a pregnant woman who drinks one liter of water with 200 becquerels of radioactivity every day for her full term would be 1,232 microsieverts.

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