Mums-to-be warned to keep exposure to common anti-bacterial chemical triclosan to a minimum
Check your toothpaste and opt for chemical-free products
Scientists have warned that high levels of anti-bacterial agent Triclosan, commonly used in household items such as toothpaste and handwash, could be harmful to unborn babies.
Triclosan is used in everything from toothpaste to anti-bacterial chopping boards and some toys. Scientists have warned that exposure to high levels of triclosan could disrupt the flow of blood to the uterus which may prevent the baby getting enough oxygen.
However, the chemical, which is strongly anti-bacterial, is only used in tiny amounts in household products. In the UK, the maximum amount allowed in any product is 0.3%. Scientists have called for more tests to determine how harmful triclosan really is.
A spokesperson for the Cosmetics, Toiletry and Perfumery Association said that the product was currently considered safe. “Our industry’s number one priority is consumer safety and we work with the regulatory authorities to ensure that all new research is taken into consideration,” she explained.
If you’re a mum-to-be, there's no need to start worrying, but you’re advised to limit your exposure to the chemical. Check the ingredients list on household products such as toothpaste and why not opt for organic and natural versions of cleaning products. Check out our guide to having a non-toxic pregnancy for more tips.