Another Study That'll Freak Out Pregnant Women

Could your lotion, perfume, even deodorant cause you to have a preterm birth—the leading cause of infant death? A new study published by JAMA Pediatrics suggests that pregnant women exposed to phthalates (the same chemicals found in contaminated food and water that are also used in many toiletries) are at an increased risk of going into labor before 37 weeks, which can lead to breathing and developmental problems for the baby (oh, and PS previous research has shown an association between phthalates with thyroid conditions, endometriosis and breast cancer—yikes!).

I read a lot of studies regarding pregnant women, and pretty much every day there's a new one published that says something you're eating, exposed to, or doing—or not doing—could cause something disastrous to happen with your pregnancy. I believe it's important to be informed, and to know what's going on with your body and your child inside it. But—and that's a big but—if you listen to every study you read, you would need to live in a hermetically-sealed bubble, never exposed to anything or anyone! That, or the sheer paranoia of wondering if all of the horrible things that could happen will happen during your pregnancy will put you in a psych ward (or at least scare the bejeezus out of you)!

I want you to know what the leading experts are saying, and that's why I'm telling you about the above study by researchers at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, but my intention is not to upset you. As my mom has always told me, read everything and take from it what you will. Will I be going au naturale from here on out by cutting out all beauty products? No—a girl needs her pampering! But do I think it's smart to look at labels on lotions and deodorants in the same way you'd check out food labels to see what the heck is in them? Why not?

TELL US: Will this study make you stop using lotions, perfumes and deodorants? Will you change the ones you're wearing now for ones with less phthalates?

Next: Find out how much weight you should gain during your pregnancy.

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