300 pregnancies treated at the Bega Hospital in Timisoara, Romania; 126 newborns delivered at Bega Hospital.
Location of cohort
Timis County, Romania
Health or social effects studied
Pregnancy loss and birth outcomes
Residential drinking water, blood, urine
Demographics, health behaviors, medical history, occupational history, drinking water consumption
Pregnant women often exposed to low-moderate arsenic through residential drinking water sources; several ‘hot spots’ of higher level exposure. Cigarette smokers at increased risk for spontaneous pregnancy loss and for delivery of lighter smaller babies with higher drinking water arsenic, at low-moderate levels of exposure.