It is common knowledge that when pregnant women are exposed to harmful chemicals, the fetus can suffer the consequences. Expecting mothers who smoke cigarettes, for example, commonly give birth to premature and/or underweight babies. Because of effects like this, it is highly recommended that pregnant women avoid pesticides in their food and hormone-disruptors (like parabens, sulfates, phthalates, oxybenzone, etc.) in their personal care products.
However, new research from Mohan Manikkam & Michael Skinner of Washington State University at Pullman suggests that the problem of pre-natal exposure to toxic chemicals has much further-reaching consequences than previously thought.
In this study, pregnant rats* were exposed to toxins that humans commonly use (bug repellent, plastics additives, and jet fuel). The GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN of these pregnant rats showed increased signs of toxic exposure, including early onset of puberty and fewer eggs/sperm, despite having no toxic exposure themselves. This clearly has alarm bells going off in our heads!
The best advice from EWG is to eat clean and use clean, no-nasties skincare like GR8/SKN for healthy generations to come.
*GR8/SKN does NOT support animal testing.