With four pregnant girlfriends I was beyond concerned after reading Chemical in plastics ‘feminising’ baby boys on the Telegraph’s website this morning. The University of Rochester in New York State tested urine samples of 145 women in the 28th week of pregnancy checking for traces of phthalates, chemicals which can mimic the female sex hormone oestrogen.
When they contacted the mothers years later (the children were between the ages of 4 and 7) it was discovered the boys exposed to high doses in the womb are less willing to join “rough and tumble” games and are less likely to play with “male” toys such as cars.
I’m not one to jump on board with sexual stereotypes and always believed that kids will with play with what’s around, but with so much proof that plastic has effects on male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, neuroendocrinology, thyroid, metabolism and obesity, and cardiovascular endocrinology it’s no stretch of the imagination that our development in utero is also effected. With all the concerns an expectant mother faces on a daily basis it’s horrible that this too must be added in the mix.