Parabens in pregnancy linked to girls' weight gain

Girls born to women who used make-up and creams with parabens are heavier by age eight: study

Mothers who use beauty products containing parabens during pregnancy may be more likely to have overweight daughters, a small study suggests.

Pregnant woman using cream

Babies tended to be heavier at birth and more likely to become overweight by the time they were eight years old when mothers used make-up, creams and other common beauty products containing parabens while pregnant, the study found.

One of these chemicals, butylparaben, was associated with excess weight only in girls.