Now, for the first time ever, researchers have found microplastics in the placenta of healthy moms, showing just how pervasive these tiny particles can be, not just in our environment, but also within our bodies.
Of great concern
All six women who participated were healthy, and their pregnancies were uneventful.
In the four placentas, researchers found 12 particles of plastic.
Four were found in the side that interacts with the mother, five were found in the foetal side, and three were found in the chorioamniotice membranes that surround the fetus itself.
It is unknown how these particles ended up in the placenta. Researchers speculate they made their way through the parents’ respiratory system or gastrointestinal tract.
It’s still unclear what implications microplastics have on human health. Further studies are needed to assess if the presence of [microplastics] in human placenta may trigger immune responses or may lead to the release of toxic contaminants.
Due to the crucial role of placenta in supporting the foetus development and in acting as an interface between the latter and the external environment, the presence of exogenous and potentially harmful (plastic) microparticles is a matter of great concern.
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