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Canned food during pregnancy could affect baby's health: Study

Press Trust of India  |  Boston 

Eating canned during pregnancy can put the baby at risk of exposure to an industrial A (BPA), potentially affecting their reproductive in later life, scientists say.

While previous studies have shown the adverse effects of prenatal exposure to BPA, there is little evidence surrounding effects specifically on ovarian function.

Researchers from in the US found that there is sufficient data to raise concerns regarding exposure and ovarian performance.

Detectable in surface water and soil sediments, BPA is used in many industrial processes and in the lining of cans.

While the greatest exposure is dietary from canned foods and plastic containers, skin exposure is a secondary route of smaller exposure, researchers said.

Ovarian development and function represents a complex coordination of processes, starting early during prenatal development. Early aberrations have the potential to carry through the female reproductive lifespan, according to the researchers.

To examine whether a prenatal environmental exposure can pose a real threat to human ovarian function, the team performed a in PubMed (from 2000 to June 2018), to examine existing literature surrounding prenatal exposure to BPA.

"We found there is mounting evidence for the effects of these exposures in the prenatal period, a particularly vulnerable time of development," explained Shruthi Mahalingaiah, at

"Whether there are causative associations with needs to be further studied," said Mahalingaiah.

The findings are particularly relevant since there are implications for both foetal and women's

"Understanding the effect that BPA exposure has on ovarian outcomes may contribute to the treatment approach taken for and in which is a manifestation such as infertility, and premature ovarian failure," said Mahalingaiah.

The researchers hope their study raises awareness to the lasting effects that harmful prenatal exposures may have and that additional studies looking at the long-term effects of endocrine disrupting in diverse populations will be undertaken.

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 14:10 IST