Why Mamas-to-Be Might Want to Ditch Plastic Water Bottles Photo: Getty Images / The Bump
So now you’re supposed to buy BPA-free bottles for baby, but you should also beware of BPA for yourself during pregnancy -- especially early pregnancy -- says a recent study from Penn State University. The chemical bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make many plastics, including some plastic water bottles and the lining for metal food cans.
The study tested pregnant women’s urine for BPA at 16 weeks, 26 weeks and at the time of birth, and tracked their babies after birth to see if they suffered from respiratory wheezing. Moms who’d had high levels of BPA in their urine at some point in their pregnancy were twice as likely to have a baby with wheezing at age six months than those who had low levels of BPA. Luckily, by age three, there wasn’t a difference. Researchers were able to make a positive link between high BPA levels at 16 weeks of pregnancy and wheezing, but there wasn’t a significant link with high BPA levels at 26 weeks or at the time of birth. That goes to show you how important the early stages of pregnancy are to baby’s development.
BPA is detectable in about 90 percent of people, says a press release from the American Academy of Pediatrics, so avoiding it completely is probably pretty tricky. But it seems like it’s worth it to try to cut back on as much of it as we can, right?
Do you try to avoid BPA? How?
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