In a recent study Italian researchers found plastic particles in human placentas of unborn babies. According The Guardian reported, the presence of microplastics in pregnancy can be attributed to mothers, who could have inhaled or consumed said particles.
Scientists warned that this could affect fetuses in the long term, seeing altered the development of their immune system, although the concrete impact of this result is still unknown.
The study yielded findings of microplastics on the fetal and maternal side of the placenta and in the inner membrane of four healthy women who had uncomplicated pregnancies and deliveries. In addition, a dozen particles of this material were found, however, it could be a greater quantity, since only 4% of each placenta was analyzed.
It was clarified that the analyzed particles could correspond to elements of packaging, cosmetics or personal care products, since they turned out to have shades of blue, red, orange or pink tint. In terms of their size, the microparticles were mostly 0.01 mm, small enough to be present in the bloodstream, according to reported Business Insider.
“Due to the crucial role of the placenta in supporting fetal development and by acting as an interface with the external environment, the presence of potentially harmful plastic particles is a matter of great concern,” the researchers concluded. study published in the journal Environment International.
Likewise, the scientists clarified that analyzed the placentas of two other women who did not present any type of plastic particleTherefore, other factors must be considered to compare these results, such as the diet or lifestyle of the pregnant women.
In addition, they explained that their protocol for bringing babies into the world was devised to do not use plastic in the birthing process and with that avoid some type of contamination that would alter the study.