Toxins and Fertility

Moms may be putting their daughters at risk according to a new study done by researchers from U of T and the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital.

This study found that when women are exposed to certain toxins before they are pregnant and/or while they are breast feeding, there is a 2/3 reduction of the number of eggs in their daughter’s ovaries later in life.

The toxins that were most harmful were those that are made up of the compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAHs). These compounds are found in cigarette smoke, car exhaust, wood stoves and in charred foods. Researchers believe that the PAHs are absorbed into a woman’s breasts and fatty tissue before they get pregnant. Then after they become pregnant, the compounds are absorbed into the blood, which harms the fetus.

Another reason to stay away from cigarettes and smoke before and after you get pregnant!!!



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