“They are all around us”: obstetrician says discovery of microplastics in human amniotic fluid is deeply concerning

A team of researchers and doctors from Ostrava recently demonstrated the presence of microplastics in human amniotic fluid for the first time ever. Prior to this study, it had always been assumed that the placenta would prevent any such particles from reaching the foetus, but the presence of microplastics was confirmed in nine out of ten women in the study. To understand the significance of this finding and what it could mean for the health of babies and expectant mothers, I spoke to Ondřej Šimetka, one of the study’s authors.

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Author: Anna Fodor