Exposure to pesticides in pregnancy increases the risk of cerebral palsy in girls

The cerebral palsy in infants is a neuromotor disability quite common, the incidence of which is equal to about three per thousand in the United States.

It is a permanent condition, due to lesions of the central nervous system that prevent normal cognitive and motor development, causing mental retardation and physical disability .

The risk of cerebral palsy has in the past been linked to the interruption of maternal hormonal functions during pregnancy and today a new study has investigated the role of exposure to pesticides on these hormonal dysfunctions.

Denmark carried out a research analyzing 3905 cases of cerebral palsy and 39,377 control cases.

The babies were born in California between 1998 and 2010 to mothers who lived within two kilometers of farms that used pesticides capable of interfering with the endocrine system .

The results, recently published in the journal Toxics , showed that exposure during the first trimester of pregnancy to 23 of the 32 pesticides examined was associated with high risks of cerebral palsy in newborn girls.

Of the 23 pesticides mothers were exposed to, 15 would be able to affect estrogen and 7 would affect thyroid hormones….