In late 2020 microplastics were found in the placenta of an unborn child, for the first time ever.
We still don’t know all the facts about microplastics and their impact on the human body, but they are linked to negative health outcomes including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes and stroke.
Plastic has now entered the food chain and our bodies. It’s estimated we all eat a credit-card sized piece of plastic every week.
The discovery that unborn children can be exposed to tiny particles of plastic, through a pregnant mother, is a frightening concept.
Many of the products we use every day can’t be reused, or recycled, and this includes items for pregnancy-for example the traditional pregnancy test.
These single-use plastics usually end up in landfill, are burned, or end up in the ocean. A lorry-load of plastic enters the ocean every minute.
There are lots of small changes during pregnancy that can help reduce the amount of plastic and other waste entering both our bodies and the ocean.
Giving your child the best possible start in life is vital for them, but also for the ocean. Many people go organic during pregnancy to limit the amount of plastic and chemicals entering the body.
The plastics you use could end up in your unborn child. Avoid buying everyday plastic items such as bio-wipes and personal products containing microplastics. Carrying a reusable metal water bottle will reduce the number of plastic bottles you buy, and the amount of microplastic you consume from them.
Removing plastic from your lifestyle can help to improve the health of your pregnancy, and the ocean, by reducing the waste which ends up in them.
Think about what you ‘need’ rather than following buying trends. Many companies want you buy single-use items, so they can sell you more of them. But many things can be reused.
9 months might race past, but it is also a good time to plan for the birth and early life of your child. It’s also a time to rethink your family’s lifestyle and what you wish to leave behind for your child’s generation.
By having an ocean-friendly pregnancy, you are helping them to be a healthy individual, but also giving them a healthy planet to grow up in.
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