Many common anti-bacterial products contain triclosan and triclocarban. These two ingredients are usually found in hand sanitizers, toothpaste, soaps, detergents and other products. Forbes Living shares information about why pregnant women might want to skip anti-bacterial products.
Recent studies with more than 100 expectant mothers found that triclosan was found in the urine of every women tested, triclocarban was found in more than 85% of the urine samples. More alarming is that triclosan appeared in half the samples of umbilical cord taken from the moms. This indicates that the chemical is reaching some fetuses. The results of this study show that this could affect the development of the unborn fetus. Forbes Living reminds readers that there is no reason to use anti-bacterial products, especially hand sanitizer, as soap and water do a great job and do not contain the harmful chemicals.
The researchers also found butyl paraben, another anti-bacterial agent in the majority of cord blood and urine samples. This chemical is mostly in cosmetics and could cause shorter lengths of newborns. If expecting a baby, read the labels of all cleaning products such as sanitizers, shampoos, soaps, etc. Toss out any which contain the chemicals and replace them, if needed, with Earth-friendly ones. Many organic cleaning products work just as well as the others with harmful chemicals.