Exposure to Harmful Chemicals in First Trimester Linked to Lower IQ in Children

According to recent research, exposure to harmful chemicals during the first trimester of pregnancy may lead to lower IQ in children by the age of seven.Exposure to Harmful Chemicals in First Trimester Linked to Lower IQ in Children

For the purposes of the study, a team of scientists measured 26 chemicals in the blood and urine samples taken from 718 mothers during their first trimester in the study of Swedish mothers and children (SELMA).

The following chemicals have been included in the list: bisphenol A (found in plastic containers for food and drinks), pesticide, phthalates, and other chemical found in consumer products.

The follow-up period, which lasted until the children turned 7, showed that those children whose mothers had higher levels of the listed chemicals in their body during pregnancy had lower IQ scores.

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