Post # 1
Just read this disturbing article:
It seems like BPA and phthalates are in everything! What do you do to avoid them?
Will this information change what you do when trying to concieve and newly pregnant?
Post # 3
“Scientists said pregnant women should avoid canned food, stop heating food in plastic containers and even avoid touching cash register receipts.”
Um, so does that mean that anyone that is pregnant or TTC should basically live in a bubble? What if that bubble has BPA?!
I apologize if this sounded snarky, however, women have been having babies for thousands of years. I don’t think touching a few cans or receipts is going to hurt someone.
Post # 4
I agree, what can you do? I am not sure it’s even possible to avoid all of these contaminents. However, plastics are still a relatively new invention and we’re still learning about the side effects of using them. I am wondering if there is a correlation between the rise in infertility and our increase in the use of plastics.
Post # 5
Thank you for this!!! Makes me wish that I’d actually canned tomatoes this summer. Then again, home canning carries its own risks… 🙂
Post # 6
I think that’s a little much! It seems like every day they come out with another thing to scare the crap out of pregnant women. It is a little ridiculous if you ask me!
Post # 7
@MrsBunnyBear: Hmm, for those that don’t know the Daily Mail, it’s a scaremongering newspaper known for making somewhat dubious links between random things and cancer. I’d take that article with a pinch of salt. I remember reading about this, and the original research paper said it would be best to avoid plastics but not that they would CAUSE miscarriage…Actually, the Daily Mail was critised for taking things out of context with this article, to make for a more interesting news story.
It’s common sense really – try to keep things natural and safe. Anxiety can definitely cause more problems than a bit of plastic lol.
Post # 8
I went nuts in my first trimester avoiding all the chemicals I could – I bought all these crazy expensive soaps and shampoos and makeup that were all natural and worked like shit. After they ran out I went back to normal. It’s not realistic to live in a bubble. I think there are tons of other things you could be doing that ade more likely to harm your baby then eating out of plastic or touching a receipt!
Post # 9
I used to work in a department that did a lot of BPA research. Bottom line is BPA is ubiquitous in our environment and there’s not much we can do to avoid it. I try to minimize my exposure by keeping my consumption of canned foods to a minimum (but I by no means avoid completely), refuse receipts when I know I don’t need them, use glass storage containers for my food, and BPA and phthalate free water bottles. Don’t stress about it.
Post # 10
@spicyshimmer: +1. There will always be things to worry about; the best we can do is make smart decisions and try not to obsess about things we can’t control.
Post # 11
BPA stuff is everywhere. There is enough to worry about during pregnancy without adding that to it. I drove myself crazy the first few weeks I found out I was pregnant, trying to avoid everything like the plague that could possibly harm it. I wouldn’t even take Tylenol which they deem as safe, and I finally caved over the weekend. There are just things you can’t avoid and shouldn’t. Everything carries a risk.
Post # 12
About 3 years ago I cut out all of my uncessary hair and beauty products. It doesn’t even make a difference for me (I look the same)! I do buy phthalate, sulfate, sls-free shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, and lotion. Those are really the only beauty products I use other than hair dye. I make my own deodorant. My makeup is a mixture of both but I rarely wear it (maybe a couple times a month).
Gave up perfume too for the most part, I don’t miss it. I would just check http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
I do use glass for all of my leftovers and reheating and I just prefer that to plastic. As long as you don’t break it it lasts longer and looks better IMO.
I do use plastic waterbottles but they are nice BPA-free ones.
I buy lots of canned beans/tomatoes though!
I’m pregnant and I haven’t changed anything. The only things I’ve changed are I can’t take my ibuprofen anymore (hate this!!) and I try to drink less soda (I let myself have one last week, for instance and I usually would have 3 a week). There are some other things I try to cut down on but even then I’m not a stickler. Yup, I’ve had some JJs! Some women are little more obsessed though. I’m usually in the “almost anything in moderation” camp.
Post # 13
Well, I agree that it doesn’t help anything to freak out and stress about every little thing, but I also think it’s doesn’t hurt to try to avoid unnecessary chemicals. I’ve been working on ridding my house of potentially harmful chemicals, not just because we’re going to try for a baby soon, but also for our general health.
We got rid of all plastic storage containers in favor of glass, same with our drinking glasses (and we’re slowly replacing any remaining plastic kitchen stuff with glass or metal). I’ve also replaced our cleaning supplies with homemade products (I use vinegar, baking soda, essential oils, and Dr. Bronner’s castile soaps in different combinations for most all cleaning around the house). Switched to a natural laundry detergent and replaced dryer sheets with wool dryer balls. We’re also trying to eat organic and unprocessed as much as possible.
I figure there are a lot more chemicals in our lives today than in previous generations, and there are also a lot of health problems that have increased and become more severe in recent years. Avoiding them as much as possible can’t hurt anything, and it may actually have a lot of benefits.
Post # 14
How timely. An opinion piece on USAToday came out yesterday: “Stop needlessly terrifying pregnant women:”
Post # 15
The Daily Mail is widely recognized as a trashy tabloid, so i’d be careful taking science advice from them.
With regards to BPA, it bioaccumulates in your fat stores over your lifetime. Cutting out plastics at conception is going to do little to nothing to help the problem.
Also, this is a very, very small study that does not PROVE anything, just draws a conclusion based on correlation. What a horrible and irresponsible headline. Science reporters very rarely are able to communicate science to the public well – this is an excellent example of that.
Post # 16
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@MrsBunnyBear: I think that infertility rates are more severely impacted by the increase in obesity and maternal age at first birth (i.e. women waiting until their 30s/40s to have first babies) than by the use of plastics.
We also know waaaaaaay earlier than other generations when we get pregnant so it’s likely that miscarriage rates were similar generations ago, they just weren’t recorded as often because there wasn’t a corresponding positive pregnancy test. my mom had me in the early 80s and my sister in 2001. With me she had to go to the doctor for a blood test because OTC pregnancy tests weren’t as popular or as cheap as they are today; so she wasn’t for sure pregnant with me until she was around 3 months along (i.e. after the first trimester was over.) With my sister she took at OTC pregnancy test at home and knew right away when she was only a few weeks along.