“Pesticide exposure in pregnancy, especially in early pregnancy, can imprint DNA and alter gene expression,” explained Paul Winchester, the lead author of the study.
Still, how exactly the chemicals within pesticides can impact and alter fetal development is not entirely known.
So now, the researchers are calling for further research on pesticide impact on humans as opposed to animals and the environment– a topic that has been heavily studied.
“As a neonatologist, I am seeing more and more infants with problems like low birth weight as well as mothers with issues like obesity or gestational diabetes. We need to keep studying these herbicides long term to find out how they could be causing these issues and what we can do to prevent them,” urged Winchester.
And the team at the Indiana University School of Medicine hopes to lead this effort, starting with a long-term study of a larger group of pregnant women.
To read the study’s complete findings, which have since been published in Environmental Health, visit the link here.
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