After my miscarriage, I decided to go through all the products I use, one by one to see if any of them deserved replacing for the next time around.
One of things maximally used was a sesame body oil (from Neutrogena). I had bought this a long time ago from Costco, ironically because a pregnant woman had raved in her reviews that it had helped prevent stretch marks. Most annoyingly this never had an ingredient list printed on the back. I finally got around to running a google search for its ingredients this weekend and I was shocked.
One of the things it contains is butylated hydroxytoluene, and look at the data on it!
BHT (BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE) - Fragrance ingredient, masking agent. Known human immune system toxicant. Strong evidence suggests it is a human skin toxicant. Animal studies show skin irritation, brain and nervous system effects and endocrine disruption at low doses. Tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results. Animal studies show reproductive effects at high doses.
Another is propylparaben.
PARABENS (BUTYLPARABEN, METHYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN) Preservative. Animal studies show reproductive effects at very low doses. Studies show endocrine disruption at low doses. Animal studies show brain and nervous system effects at moderate doses. Strong evidence suggests they are human skin toxicants. Tests on mammalian cells show positive mutation results. Parabens were found in breast cancer tissue.
I used to slather oodles of this on my skin daily! So much of it used to go directly on my belly, inches away from my child! All of this crap is fat soluble which means it CAN enter your system when applied on the skin!
Won't ever know if this caused my loss and anyway its water under the bridge, but the lesson I've learned- check EVERYTHING you use.
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