Something You Use Every Day Could Lead to a Premature Birth

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I'm not usually one to spread pregnancy panic, as I'm still scarred from the paranoia fever dreams I experienced during my first pregnancy as a result of too much "What to Expect When You're Expecting." (What was I expecting? THE WORST, after reading that book.) But the latest study on potential pregnancy dangers, while scary, at least has a silver lining ... sort of. Research recently published in JAMA Pediatrics found that pregnant women exposed to phthalates are at an increased risk of going into pre-term labor (before 37 weeks).

As you are most likely well aware, preemies are more likely to suffer from breathing and developmental problems. The freak-you-out part, of course, is that phthalates are found in lots and lots of places, from contaminated food and water to commonly used toiletries like deodorant and lotion. EEEK!

Except, not so much. Here's why:

While phthalates are, as we said, found in lots and lots of places, there are a few tried-and-true ways to avoid them. Here are some incredibly helpful, comprehensive tips:

1. Always read ingredients. While most labels won't come right out and say "phthalates," there are other ways to detect their presence. DBP (di-n-butyl phthalate) and DEP (diethyl phthalate) are often found in beauty products such as nail polishes, deodorants, perfumes, shampoos, hair gels and hand lotions. (BzBP is also in some toiletries.) DEHP (di-2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or Bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate) is used in PVC plastics. BzBP (benzylbutyl phthalate) is used in some flooring, car products and toiletries. DMP (dimethyl phthalate) is used in insect repellent and some plastics.

2. Watch out for the word "fragrance." This blanket term can hide possible phthalates, too. combination of compounds, possibly including phthatates, which are a subject of recent concern because of studies showing they can mimic certain hormones.

3. Always pick plastics with the recycling codes 1, 2 or 5. Recycling codes 3 and 7 are more likely to contain bisphenol A or phthalates. So, as you can see, there are definitely measures you can take to keep your pregnancy as phthalate-free as possible. Sure, it'll take a little vigilance -- but the payoff is worth it: A healthy baby!

Do you try to avoid phthalates as much as possible? 


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Bluel... Blueliner

My deodorant, lotion, body wash, and face wash are all phthalate free. 

Iris Shaimara Shepard

OMG are you kidding me? This might be true but come on. Every woman uses these items some go into labor before others, many others don't! Ugh it seems like there's always something, better yet just tell women not to use a single thing while pregnant!

lalab... lalaboosh

I don't use any products containing phalates. It's pretty easy.

Andre... Andreamom001

Phalates are BAD NEWS.  They cause disruption sin fertility and in the formation of unborn baby's reproductive systems.  I try to avoid them--have begun making many of my own healthcare products at home (toothpaste, deoderant, etc.).

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