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Why Pregnant Women Should Be Avoiding BPA

Zhejiang JMJ Houseware Co.,Ltd | Updated: Dec 26, 2017

You've probably heard of the toxic chemical bisphenol A, and may already try to avoid it as much as you can. But if you are pregnant, you should especially up your efforts to stay clear of this hormone-disrupting chemical.

BPA is a nearly ubiquitous industrial chemical used in everything from clear plastics, to metal cans, to paper receipts. It has been shown to leach from these objects onto the skin or into food and beverages, and from there to travel into the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 93 percent of people in the United States have detectable levels of BPA in their blood.

Why to avoid it

As with all endocrine (hormone) disruptors, BPA poses the greatest risk to young children, and particularly to developing fetuses. That's because the hormones involved in fetal development act in incredibly tiny quantities, on the order of a tenth of a trillionth of a gram. As a hormone mimic, BPA has been shown to cause reproductive and developmental disorders in unborn children, particularly of the brain and prostate gland. The brain changes caused by BPA can lead to permanent behavioral changes.

Of course, BPA is dangerous for older children and adults, as well. According to a recent study conducted by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, BPA is toxic in much lower concentrations than those set as "safe" by many governments. The researchers found that even at very low doses, BPA caused female rats to put on extra weight, and made their behavior become more masculine. Male rats exposed to the same levels of BPA had lower sperm counts and more mammary tissue.

The low doses used in the study were equivalent to estimates of typical human exposure.

"The health risks of bisphenol A are especially of concern for highly exposed consumers," researcher Ulla Hass said. "This applies in particular to pregnant or nursing women and children, who are especially sensitive to the adverse effects of bisphenol A that may occur at low exposure levels."