Using consumer products during pregnancy can prove to be harmful for the unborn baby or so says a recent study. According to it, chemicals in consumer products used during pregnancy can lower the IQ level of kids by the age of seven.
The study analysed data from SELMA, a study of mothers and babies in the first trimester of pregnancy. Scientists measured 26 chemicals in the blood and the urine of 718 mothers.
The chemicals in the products include bisphenol A (BPA), found in plastic food and drink containers, pesticides, phthalates and other chemicals. Of these, some reportedly disrupt endocrine activity in humans, besides impacting IQ. Bisphenol F (BPF), however, made the highest contribution to lowering children’s IQ.
Other harmful chemicals were pesticide chloropyrifos, polyfluoroalkyl substances, found in cleaning products, triclosan, a chemical found in antibacterial soaps and phthalates found in soft polyvinyl chloride plastics and cosmetics.
Some of these chemicals cross the placenta during pregnancy, exposing the foetus and increasing the risk of irreversible developmental damage, according to researchers.
Professor Carl-Gustaf Bornehag of Karlstad University added that being exposed to chemical mixtures in regular consumer products can affect the developing brains of children. Even chemicals that are supposed to be safer, like BPF, are not likely any better.