Pregnancy is an exciting time for couples expecting the arrival of their little bundle of joy.
It is also a time when some mothers watch what they eat and drink, but many don’t know about the harmful effects of BPA and how it can cause problems during pregnancy.
BPA stands for bisphenol A. It is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s.
New research led by Dr. Ruth Lathi, a reproductive endocrinologist from Stanford University looked at 115 pregnant women who had a history of infertility or miscarriage.
The research team collected blood samples from newly pregnant women in order to study their BPA levels, and then the women were separated into groups according to their levels.
The study concluded that, ‘the women in the group with higher levels of exposure had an increased risk of having a miscarriage-some as much as 80 percent.’
Researchers also noted that their study was small, and other factors could have determined such a link as well.
Nevertheless, BPA is something that should be avoided. According to Dr. Katherine Zeratsky, “Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.”