Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates in early pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone, report researchers. In addition, their study suggests this exposure adversely affects the masculinization of male babies’ genitals. Phthalates are found in many plastics, food, and personal care products. Kate Middleton recently spoke with US Weekly and mentioned some of the changes in her beauty regiment to reduce chemical exposure to her baby. Read the article here
The findings, presented today at the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego, focus on the role of the placenta in responding to these chemicals and altering levels of a key pregnancy hormone. The results suggest that there may be reason to push routine clinical testing earlier in pregnancy to check for the effects of chemicals and help guide potential interventions to protect the health of the baby.
“Phthalates are pervasive,” says Jennifer Adibi, assistant professor of epidemiology at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. “Reducing exposure to phthalates and other hormone-disrupting chemicals is something that needs to be addressed at a societal level through consumer advocacy and regulation, and education of health care providers.”
It is important to find out if chemicals in our food and beauty projects or environment might influence our baby’s health and development. Find Organic Phthalate free products here.