I was recently asked by That Mama Club to write a blog about the impact of plastics on fertility, babies and children. And I'm really pleased to share some of the blog here!

Thank you to That Mama Club!

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I’m Laura. I’m a 37 year old single mum, and I live in Brighton UK, with my 3 year old son Finn. I am founder of Plastic Free Baby, an online plastic free shop and eco blog. I am going to be sharing the impact of plastics on fertility, babies & children.

Rewind the clock a bit to a couple of years before I conceived Finn, when I was married to my  then husband. There were many months and years of conception struggle before I finally became  pregnant naturally with a much yearned for baby. I was so desperately sad when I lost the baby a  few weeks into pregnancy; I then had several months of miscarrying. I conceived my next  pregnancy more than a year later and happily I gave birth to a happy and healthy little baby boy,  and called him Finn.  

During this desperate and emotional time, I was trying to research things that could be having an  impact on fertility, in order to maximise my chances of conceiving a baby, and to reduce the risk  of miscarriage. I wasn’t looking for “just think positive”, “relax and it’ll happen” type self-help  approach to fertility and conception; I wanted facts evidenced by research! 

I came across a book that would change my life in this period, called “It Starts With An Egg” by  Rebecca Fett. The book looks at how improving egg quality can significantly impact various  aspects of fertility. It determines some of the key strategies for improving egg quality, and one of  them, amongst others, was avoiding toxins in plastics that can harm developing eggs and  embryos.  

I was bowled over by the research in this book, pointing to the harmful toxins in common  household plastics being a risk to human fertility, to developing embryos and foetuses, to babies,  infants and children, and to all humans in general. It was mind blowing! 

We all know the well-publicised environmental damage being caused by plastics in our oceans  and the need for society to ‘choose to reuse’ single-use plastics for the sake of the health of  Mother Earth; but the horrendous impacts that plastics can have on human development is  something that is less talked about and less well-known. It really needs to be shouted about! 

The main issue with plastics is that the toxins leached from them can be toxic, and these toxins  can in some cases be endocrine imitators or interrupters; that is to say, chemicals that can disrupt  our bodies endocrine system, the system that produces, stores and secretes hormones.  Endocrine disruption by these toxins can lead in some cases to negative impacts on growth &  development of foetuses / babies, weakened immune systems, reproductive issues, metabolism  issues, and many more impacts besides. Pretty alarming stuff! 

Just in the last couple of months a study revealed that for the first time microplastics have been  found in the placentas of unborn babies. Quite a shocking revelation. “Due to the crucial role of  placenta in supporting the foetus’s development and in acting as an interface with the external environment,  the presence of potentially harmful plastic particles is a matter of great concern. Further studies need to be  performed to assess if the presence of microplastics may trigger immune responses or may lead to the  release of toxic contaminants, resulting in harm.” 

I am not a scientist, but I am a concerned mummy who wants the very best and very healthiest of  starts for her child (and any future children), so when I was trying to conceive I started cutting  back on everyday plastics, and began finding out more and more about ‘hidden’ plastics and  where to avoid plastics during the conception (‘pre’ prenatal) phase, and into prenatal stage and  beyond.  

When I was pregnant with my son I began searching around the internet for plastic-free baby  products, as natural alternatives to plastic baby goods, so that my baby could be introduced to a  plastic-free environment from the get go. I found this so incredibly hard! There was no one place  that I could source plastic free baby goods, and items were really hard to research and source. In  many cases, the products just didn’t exist. We are so used plastic being the ‘king’ of materials (it doesn’t break, it lasts forever, it’s super cheap to produce, it’s lightweight, etc, etc) that most  common baby and child goods are made entirely of plastic, or at least contain plastic parts at the  very least. 

So this is when Plastic Free Baby was born! 

Plastic Free Baby is my plastic free shop and eco blog which I started to help other parents like  me, who hope to avoid plastics for themselves and their children. I hope that is is a helpful  resource to other eco-minded mums and parents, either those hoping to conceive, or those who  are pregnant, those that have newborn babies, or children. In time I hope that this and other  similar shops and blogs will put pressure on the industry to develop innovative new non-plastic  products for babies. My intention isn’t to worry or scare parents (who, let’s face it, already have  their hands pretty well full!!), it is to provide alternatives and information.....


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