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: