Table 1.

Distribution of pre- and post-natal phthalate metabolite concentrations in mothers (µg l–1), N = 242. Abbreviations: MMP, mono-methyl phthalate; MCPP, mono-(3-carboxypropyl) phthalate; MEHP, mono-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate; MEOHP, mono-(2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl) phthalate; MEHHP, mono-(2-ethyl-5-hydroxylhexyl) phthalate; MEP, mono-ethyl phthalate; MBP, mono-butyl phthalate; MBzP, mono-benzyl phthalate; MIBP, mono-isobutyl phthalate.

pre-/post-natal visit% above limit of detectionmean ± s.d.median90%max
MMPpre442.54 ± 4.730.715.3042.3
post753.09 ± 4.332.105.9040.7
MCPPpre722.89 ± 4.051.905.5033.2
post732.95 ± 2.941.906.8021.5
MEHPpre7815.4 ± 1044.0021.01560
post9212.7 ± 19.57.1523.6173
MEOHPpre9639.6 ± 21410.242.62833
post9933.0 ± 73.916.061.7728
MEHHPpre9850.8 ± 31811.344.94440
post9845.4 ± 10620.483.1867
MEPpre99816 ± 2839131134030 528
post99416 ± 10801338739520
MBPpre9724.7 ± 29.617.251.8337
post9830.2 ± 43.319.468.7499
MBzPpre9520.9 ± 38.39.9545.8436
post9926.6 ± 33.814.864.1227
MIBPpre784.16 ± 4.922.659.0039.8
post857.95 ± 17.23.6014.0179