Officials give 'safety first' cosmetics advice to pregnant women

18/05/2020 — By Alexandra Julian

Officials give 'safety first' cosmetics advice to pregnant women

Advice to pregnant women from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has stated that many ordinary household objects such as food packaging and cosmetic products should be treated as potentially harmful due to the chemicals that they contain.

The RCOG has stated that pregnant women should where possible avoid food in plastic containers or cans, and reduce their use of chemical laden personal-care products such as moisturiser, sun cream and shower gel, to ‘minimise harm’ to their babies.

We know that in today’s society we are all exposed to hundreds of different environmental chemicals everyday through many commonly used products. For pregnant women exposure to large amounts of these chemicals has been linked to health problems for both mother and baby including birth defects, miscarriages and fertility problems.


'Potential harm'

The RCOG recommends that due to the uncertainty and lack of research surrounding the risks these chemicals pose to our health, pregnant women should take ‘a safety-first approach, which is to assume there is risk present even when it may be minimal or eventually unfounded’. The RCOG stated that even though this may seem alarmist the sheer volume and variety of chemicals which surround us can lead them to ‘accumulate, with the mixture effect posing potential harm’.

Many different chemicals have the potential to interfere with the body’s hormone systems which are vital in pregnancy and in a baby’s development. Chemicals such as Bisphenol A plastics (BPAs) and phthalates have the ability to disrupt the baby’s growth process during pregnancy. BPA is found in many everyday items including tins, plastic food containers, toys, furnishings and electronic equipment. Following recent advice on the negative effects of BPA which has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, heart disease and infertility, some food manufacturers have removed it from their packaging.

Although for many this may seem an extreme measure to avoid so many ordinary and seemingly harmless everyday objects research is still needed to understand the full extent of the harm these chemicals can have particularly on pregnant women.


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