According to a new study, consuming painkillers during pregnancy is linked to early puberty in their daughters. The research was undertaken by Aarhus University.
Researchers examined the relation between the intake of the analgesic paracetamol during pregnancy and girls and boys pubertal development.
The study was published by American Journal of Epidemiology.
Visible changes such as breasts, pimples, menstruation, hair growth in places where there was none previously and unpredictable mood swings, which for the majority of girls begins when they are around ten or eleven years old or even earlier if the mother of the child has taken excessive painkillers containing paracetamol during pregnancy.
Andreas Ernst, lead author said, “we found a “dose-response” correlation. That is to say, the more weeks with paracetamol during pregnancy, the earlier puberty in girls, but not in boys.”
The study examined puberty data in the Danish birth cohort .
The result of the study revealed that girls on average enter puberty between one and a-half and three months earlier if the mother of the child took painkillers for more than twelve weeks during their pregnancy.