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As if pregnant women didn't have enough dietary restrictions, now there's more evidence that expectant moms should be extra-careful about what they eat.
A recent study by the University of California, Berkeley, measured the traces of pesticides in pregnant women's urine and then followed their children through their early years. They found that kids whose moms had high pesticide levels tended to have a higher rate of attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms at age 5. The results were significant -- a tenfold increase in pesticide levels correlated to a 500 percent increase in the chance of ADHD signs.
Like the recent studies suggesting that kids' exposure to pesticides could contribute to ADHD, these findings back up the idea that bug-repelling chemicals could negatively affect our children's brain function. And they show just how much a pregnant mom's diet can affect her unborn baby.
If you're pregnant, you can reduce your exposure to pesticides by choosing foods that are certified organic by the USDA and by thoroughly washing all fresh fruits and veggies with water.
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