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New Delhi: Perhaps, you’ve propelled yourself into ‘clean-eating mode’ after seeing your positive pregnancy test. You drop wine with dinner, stock up your fridge with organic produce while giving up on processed foods that are packed with unhealthy fats, added sugar and sodium. But what about the ingredients in your skin care products? It might sound unreliable but many personal care products you use can be harmful to the growing baby in your womb.
According to a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction, girls whose mothers are exposed to certain chemicals commonly found in toothpaste, makeup, soap and other personal care products during pregnancy are more likely to hit puberty at an early age. Here’s a list of toxic chemicals to avoid during pregnancy. Read- Mediterranean diet during pregnancy: Benefits, 6 simple tips to make your meals more Mediterranean
Ingredients to avoid during pregnancy
Parabens: Also known as propylparaben, butylparaben, isopropylparaben and methylparabens, parabens are often used as preservatives in cosmetics like foundation and lipstick to prevent these products from harbouring bacteria. Research has linked these preservative agents to problems related with the developmental, reproductive, neurological and immune system in babies as they can be passed to the fetus. The research carried out by the University of California in the US also linked parabens to early puberty in girls, which may increase the risk of certain conditions such as mental illness, breast and ovarian cancer. Read – Expecting a baby? Here’s why you may want to avoid drinking coffee while pregnant
Phthalates: Fund in scented products like perfumes, soaps and shampoos, phthalates have been associated with high various health problems, including blood pressure, ADHD, diabetes, early puberty in girls, etc. Research has also found links between prenatal exposure to phthalates and abnormal fetal development.
Formaldehyde: This ingredient is found in personal care products such as hair straightening treatments, nail polishes and eyelash glue. Some studies have shown that formaldehyde exposure could cause cancer in humans. The chemical has been classified as a human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).