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EHN: Mom’s Plasticizer Exposure Troubling for Baby Boys
September 6, 2011, 10:48 am
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Sep 06, 2011

Kim, Y, EH Ha, EJ Kim, H Park, M Ha, JH Kim, YC Hong, N Chang and BN Kim. 2011. Prenatal exposure to phthalates and infant development at six months: Prospective Mothers and Children’s Environmental Health (MOCEH) Study. Environmental Health Perspectives
Synopsis by Aimin Chen

A woman’s exposure to commonly used plasticizers – called phthalates – during pregnancy may be associated with suboptimal development in babies, finds a South Korean study.

Increasing exposure to plastic-softening chemicals in pregnant women was associated with poorer development in their baby boys, finds a study that examined mental and motor skills in 6-month-old infants.

The results show that the higher the exposure to phthalates in the moms, the lower the scores of infant development, including both cognitive and motor behavior. However, the association was only identified in sons, not in daughters.

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