Taking paracetamol while pregnant 'could harm your daughter's fertility': Study links popular painkiller to smaller ovaries and fewer eggs
Some painkillers may affect the development of 'germ cells' that mature into eggs and sperm within the womb, according to the study published in the journal Scientific Reports.
The reason could be that the drugs act on hormones called prostaglandins which are known to regulate ovulation, the menstrual cycle, and the induction of labour.
The Royal College of Midwives said mothers-to-be should seek medical advice before taking paracetamol at all.
Several studies have suggested it interferes with the development of the male reproductive system while still in the womb.
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