We know that BPA is bad for pregnant women -- it could lead to behavioral problems in children, it could cause cancer, diabetes, heart problems, and even infertility. The longer you've been exposed to BPA, the harder it could be to get pregnant. Bisphenol A is a toxin that seeps into our system and disrupts our hormones. It shouldn't be anything any of us are around. But it's all around us. And our unborn babies and newborns are naturally most at risk because they are most vulnerable to this toxin due to their size and age.
But the connection between BPA exposure and miscarriage has never been fully discussed until now. And it's alarming.
The new study's results were revealed at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's (ASRM) annual meeting in Boston and they discovered that pregnant women who had the highest levels of BPA in their blood were much more likely to miscarry than women with low levels.
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Sure we banned BPA from our kids' sippy cups (look for BPA-free on all kids items) but it's still all around us. BPA lines the cans of the food we buy. It's in some plastic bottles and food storage containers. It's in plastics and water pipes and cash register receipts. It's still in some utensils and plates and cups. It's banned in Canada and the European Union. But it's still all over America and it's now linked to causing miscarriages. We think we're doing a good thing by keeping hydrated but the plastic bottle we sip our water out of may be harming us and our unborn baby.
"Many studies on environmental contaminants' impact on reproductive capacity have been focused on infertility patients and it is clear that high levels of exposure affect them negatively," Dr. Linda Giudice, president of ASRM, said in a statement. "These studies extend our observations to the general population and show that these chemicals are a cause for concern to all of us."
The question I can't help but ask is why if something is linked to an increase risk for heart and kidney disease for kids, an increased risk of childhood obesity, an increased risk for certain cancers, stillbirth, premature birth, and now miscarriages ... why isn't it banned more? Why aren't we trying to truly limit our exposure to it? There is too much of it all around us. We are storing the toxin in our body and it builds up and causes us harm.
We are exposed to all sorts of chemicals, but we have to be vigilant to limit the exposure ourselves. To avoid BPA, do not use plastics with recycle codes 3 or 7. Never boil or put hot liquid in plastic containers, and throw out all plastics with scratches because the bacteria that gets into those cracks could release the BPA in the plastic. Good to know. But more needs to be done on a higher level, too.
Does this concern you? Do you think there should be more of a ban on BPA in our food-related products?
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