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Q&A: Is BPA safe during pregnancy?

Should I be concerned about drinking from plastic bottles with BPA while pregnant?

Re: Should I be concerned about drinking from plastic bottles with BPA while pregnant?

The Bump Expert

Yes, although more research still needs to be done. Bisphenol-A, or BPA, is a compound found in many plastic food containers, such as water bottles and cans that hold food. There has been some concern that exposure to BPA in extremely high doses may cause birth defects and miscarriage. Other studies have related BPA exposure in utero with low birth weight and childhood asthma, but more research is needed to confirm this link. In the meantime, it's a good idea to limit exposure to BPA during pregnancy.

Not sure if your water bottle's safe? One way to identify plastics that may contain BPA is to look at the recycle code. Containers marked with a 3 or 7 may contain BPA, while containers marked with a 1, 2, 4, 5, or 6 are more likely to be BPA-free. Check the US Health and Human Services website (hhs.gov/safety/bpa) for more advice. [Updated 07-07-2011]

Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine

re: Q: BPA safe while pregnant?

Actually, there have been recent studies that DO show adverse effects in animals at doses relevant to human exposure right now. Because BPA is found in so many things, you can be exposed through a variety of sources (hard plastic, to canned food, to soda and beer can lining!). It was also found that the FDA's assessment relied heavily on industry information and documents (and of course, they're the first to say it's safe). Especially when pregnant, everything I've heard points to precaution-- better safe than sorry. Since BPA is a hormone disruptor, we don't even know what exposure can result in in the long term. It might not be seen as a "birth defect"- but I certainly wouldn't want to harm my child's reproductive ability already! A great site for BPA free baby bottles and other BPA and phthalate free things for myself especially since I'm pregnant and I want to limit all those chemicals is Green Healthy Baby-- www.greenhealthybaby.com

gsa1 |

Q&A: BPA safe while pregnant?

I actually just went to a seminar this weekend where they talked about the dangers of BPA during pregnancy. It basically acts like an estrogen, which can be harmful to the baby.

drshelly |

Q&A: BPA safe while pregnant?

I sell promo items for a living. From everythin I've read, you'd have to literally lick the bottle all day everyday for a year or two for it to cause harm. I'm not a medical professional, but it doesn't scare me.

Natalie3182 |

Q&A: BPA safe while pregnant?

BPA is found in the lining of EVERY canned good in the US with the exception of Eden Organics. You are also exposed to higher quantities of BPA in the air when you're at the gas station than when you eat food or drink water that has been contained in a BPA lined bottle/can. If you're concerned about BPA, you should also be sure to only eat and buy organic, non-processed foods throughout your entire pregnancy because this is the only way to make sure you're not exposing yourself to other harmful chemicals and preservatives. BPA made headlines, but honestly, there's a lot more out there you could obsess over. Be smart, eat healthy (organic and non-processed if possible), and try not to freak out about every media frenzy.

hezachan |

Q&A: BPA safe while pregnant?

BPA is also in stain resistant sealants in carpets and furniture. And since it's a neurotoxin, the levels we have in our bodies (which we have built up over time, especially drinking from those BPA baby bottles back when OUR moms didn't know better) affect our baby's developing brain. There is a lot of speculation that chemicals like BPA and pthalates are much of the reason that mental disorders like autism and other sensory processing disorders, as well as ADD/ADHD are on the rise. WE weren't harmed by the BPA exposure, but the tiny little brains growing inside us have been. And remember - it's not just what you're exposed to now, but what you've been exposed to your whole life! They've found crazy high concentrations in the blood of normal everyday people (not working in chemical factories and such.)

Ludicrous Mama |