Cosmetics may not be safe during pregnancy

New York, May 5 (IANS) Would-be-mothers please take note! Using personal care products such as soaps and lotions during pregnancy may lead to adverse reproductive effects in your newborns, warns a new study.

The findings revealed a link between women who use cosmetics with higher levels of butyl paraben — commonly used preservative in cosmetics — to shorter gestational age at birth, decreased birth weight and increased odds of preterm birth.

“The antimicrobial compound — triclocarban — mainly added to soaps, is associated with shorter gestational age at birth. Another common chemical added to lotions and creams — propyl paraben — is associated with decreased body length at birth,” said Laura Geer from SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in New York, US.

“Our latest study adds to the growing body of evidence showing that endocrine-disrupting compounds can lead to developmental and reproductive problems in animals and in humans,” Geer added in a paper published in the Journal of Hazardous Materials.

“Based on this new evidence, the safety of use of these chemicals in our consumer products should be reassessed,” Geer pointed out.

“While small-scale changes in birth size may not be of clinical relevance or cause for concern in individual cases, subtle shifts in birth size or timing at the population-level would have major impacts on the risk for adverse birth outcomes,” Geer noted.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of www.mangalorean.com or any employee thereof. www.mangalorean.com is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of www.mangalorean.com to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at  info@mangalorean.com. Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here