A BPA miscarriage link has given food for thought to women who are pregnant or about to get pregnant. There is some correlation between a common chemical in plastic, BPA, and miscarriages, a recent study suggests. The plastic is used in food and beverage packaging.
According to WebPro News, on Oct. 15, BPA (bisphenol A) is a commonly found in plastic beverage bottles and it lines the insides of canned food. When the plastic is heated, it leaks the BPA into the food or the drink.
Things pregnant women should avoid: Cans are heated when processed, so avoiding canned food is one suggestion if you are pregnant. As far as the beverage bottles, if they get heated by sitting in the hot sun, either in your car or just outside, don’t drink from them.
The study suggests pregnant women avoid packages of food or drink with the recycling code 3, 6 and 7. These likely contain the BPA chemical. The findings of this study are going to be presented at the meeting of International Federation of Fertility Societies and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Boston.
How the study was done: The recent study took the blood of 114 pregnant women, who were between 4 and 5 weeks pregnant. The researchers looked for the chemical BPA in the blood. This study found that women with the higher amount of this chemical in their blood had an 80 percent greater chance of having a miscarriage.
This study did not give proof that the BPA can cause a miscarriage. On another note, “the scientists analyzed miscarried fetal chromosomes, discovering that BPA exposure increased the risk of both genetically normal and abnormal miscarriages,” according to the study. This is enough correlation for pregnant women to take notice.
Medical director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Center at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System of New York, Dr. Kenneth Spaeth said that since this chemical is in such wide-spread use, he thinks these type of studies should be taken very seriously.