Pregnancy can feel like a time full of do’s and don’t’s. Do eat this. Don’t drink that. {sigh} Sometimes we can feel overwhelmed! While we are adding to your list of “don’t’s”, we are also sharing 5 easy say

everyday things to avoid when pregnant to reduce risk of miscarriage

Bisphenol A (BPA), a human endocrine disrupter, is one of the most widely used industrial chemical in the world and has been associated with numerous health issues, including increased risk of miscarriage and reproductive disorders such as endometriosis. BPA is so common it is hard to avoid entirely, but by doing the following you will go a long way to reducing your exposure.

5 Everyday Things to Avoid When Pregnant to Reduce Risk of Miscarriage

  1. Canned Foods. Many many canned foods and soft drinks use BPA in their can linings. Eating fresh or frozen foods can reduce exposure to BPA by up to 66%.  Some canned food manufacturers are now using BPA-free cans.
  2. Plastic Food Containers. Polycarbonate plastic food containers with the number 3 or 7 recycling code may contain BPA and should be avoided. In general it is a good idea to opt for glass, porcelain or stainless steel food storage containers, particularly for hot food or liquids.
  3. Microwaving and Dishwashing Plastics: According to the National Institute of Health microwaving polycarbonate plastic food containers increases exposure to BPA, therefore it is safest to avoiding heating foods in all plastic containers in the microwave or washing plastic food containers in the dishwasher because heat increases the leaching of BPA.
  4. Sales Receipts. BPA is applied to the outer layer of thermal receipt paper. BPA can rub off on the hands when touched and can then be absorbed through the skin or transferred to food or mouth when eating.
  5. Hand Sanitizers Increase Absorption. At least one study has found that common hand sanitizers increased the rate of absorption of BPA through your skin. Some other skin-care products, including soaps, lotions and sunscreens also had this effect.
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