BPA is Bad, Bad, Bad for Pregnant Women! The FDA Finally Agrees With the Rest of the World

glass of water

Reduce your exposure to BPA:
Drink filtered not bottled water

It took them long enough.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finally reversed its much-criticized position on BPA (bisphenol-A, a chemical used in plastic, which has been linked to behavioral problems, cancers, diabetes, heart problems, infertility, and other health issues). According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a developing fetus and babies are most vulnerable to BPA's toxic effects. Unfortunately, they also have the most intense BPA exposure of any group.

In 2008, the FDA said the chemical was safe for all uses. Worrisome, since lots of pregnant women, moms of new babies and bigger kids, and others relied on this information when making purchasing and other decisions. Now, the FDA says it's concerned about the chemical's effect on pregnant women, infants, and children. (BPA is found in baby bottles, breast pump parts, the lining of formula cans, pacifiers, toys, teethers, and lots of other things.)

The FDA isn't going so far as to ban BPA (it's been banned in other countries), but says it is working to reduce exposure to the chemical.


To reduce your exposure to the chemical experts say that pregnant women should:

1. Eat or cook with fresh or frozen products instead of canned foods (especially canned foods that are acidic like tomatoes and citrus products).

2. Avoid drinking most bottled water.

3. Don't store foods in plastic.

4. Filter your drinking and cooking water.

5. Filter your shower and tub water.


What else can you do to protect yourself and your baby?

Read the EWG's Tips to Avoid BPA Exposure

Check the Baby Safe Guide to Bottles and Formula

Choose and use infant formula safely.

Have you been concerned about BPA? Are you now?


Related posts:

Drinking Bottled Water: Is it Safe?

Baby Bottles: Some Safe, BPA-Free Options

Toxic Baby Bottles Banned




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ethan... ethans_momma06

Yes, this is great but another company just came out after the FDA released this information saying how the FDA has still said that it DOESN'T pose any major risks and that, if it did the FDA would be pulling it off the shelves. In conclusion this well known organization (whose name has escaped me, thank you pregnancy brain) is telling everyone 'Not to worry' and it doesn't really matter if you limit your exposure or not.

In short, while I appreciate the efforts of organizations to help limit the products with risk factors, I lean on the side of caution and do my own research. The family will be limiting BPA intact regardless of what the FDA's final verdict is.

Lynette Lynette

don't forget about canned goods in general, most are lined w/ BPA

Phils... PhilsBabyMama

Finally!  It took long enough!  My family thought I was a little nutty when I insisted that our sons toys, sippy cups, etc. had to be BPA (and Phthalate and PVC) free, but I'm glad I did.  We also only use glass dishes and food storage containers.

txmam... txmamaof3

i buy bpa free stuff.. are there any storage containers out there that are bpa free ??

tonya... tonyalynn

i also buy bpa free stuff

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