07 Sep '11, 1pm

Study: Prenatal phthalate exposure may affect baby's development

Study: Prenatal phthalate exposure may affect baby's development

According to the study, phthalate exposure during pregnancy was associated with increased risk of motor delay and mental development — particularly in girls. Even after controlling for factors such as marital status, income level, and exposure to tobacco smoke, pesticides, or lead, researchers found the link remained. Robin Whyatt, a professor in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and the lead author of the study commented, "As levels in the mothers' urine went up, the child's motor development went down significantly."

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/babies-pregnancy/blogs/study-pr...

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