Pregnant Women, Don't Take This Risk

phthaltes during pregnancyWe all know that phthaltes are bad news for pregnant women, babies, children, and basically everyone. Unfortunately, companies that utilize the chemical in plastic cups, bottles, food containers, and even sippy cups have not all voluntarily stopped using the poisonous chemical. Now, there's another study showing that not only are phthalte levels in pregnant women going up, they're causing long-term damage to the fetus.

Researchers measured the phthalte levels in pregnant women and found them to be 1.3 to 2.7 percent higher than when they tested in 2003-2004. Which means even though we're more aware of avoiding these chemicals, it's just not possible with all of the plastic packaging. But the worst part of this study is when they looked at women with high levels three years later. Their baby girls were developmentally behind and had decreased mental development.

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Can you imagine knowing your child is behind other children mentally, because you ate or drank from unregulated plastic containers or cans lined with chemicals? Is this the kind of values we want to have in this country? Canada and the EU have already banned phthaltes, why can't we do this in the U.S.?

At some point people have to stop with the "this will hurt business" rhetoric, and start focusing on how dangerous chemicals are hurting actual people. It's absurd to not have a ban on poisonous substances that are harming our children. If corporations won't do it voluntarily, then we have to have legislation on a federal level. There are campaigns you can join, or you can write your senators and representatives demanding bans on dangerous chemicals that directly affect your unborn children.

In the meantime, look at your plastics, and get anything out of your house that is unsafe. It's not easy, but if you look for a "phthalte-free label" and never microwave plastic dishes with food in them, you can cut down on your exposure. Also look for these labels on your plastics, which are phthalte compounds and their metabolites:

BBP
MBzP
DBP
MBP
MiBP
DEHP
MEHP
DEP
MEP
DiDP
DiNP
DnHP
DnOP

Yeah, it's not easy to figure out what's safe and what isn't. Which is why we need a ban on these toxins right now.

Are you worried about consuming phthaltes while pregnant?

 

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