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Bpa Safe While Pregnant
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
LED light therapy: Looked this up. Idea behind this product is that blue LED light (along with heat/vibration to "open pores") is toxic to bacteria and the red LED light is supposed to generate reactive oxygen species. According to a published study, this has the effect of removing old collagen making way for new. The science is not validated and controlled studies for safety in pregnancy not done. I suspect is safe ...Read more
It is unclear...: Maca (lepidium meyenii) is a root plant used as a food and for medicinal purposes. Maca is also known as "peruvian ginseng" because as a folk remedy it is supposed to increase stamina, energy, & sexual function. Because maca has not been extensively studied, it is best not to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding--because it is not known if it is harmful or not to the unborn or growing baby. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Benefit vs Risk: Quinolone antibiotics are a category "c" when it comes to safety during pregnancy. This basically means that there are no conclusive studies to show that it is safe or harmful during pregnancy. Best to err on the side of safety and have your doctor consider alternatives, if any are available for your particular clinical situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Goody Powders: Goody's extra-strength headache powders is not recommended during pregnancy. It contains acetaminophen, Aspirin & caffeine. Aspirin is fda pregnancy category c. It is fda pregnancy category d in the third trimester if taken as a full dose. It is recommended that caffeine use be low or that it be avoided during pregnancy. ...Read more
Why supplements?: Supplements are often not regulated by anyone. If pregnant, i would stick to whole food nutrition, with the exception that Folic Acid is important to lower the risk of a neural tube defect like spina bifida. Look around for those types of products to keep you and your baby healthy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Paint types differ significantly. Some have toxic compounds and exposure should be limited or avoided. Others, like water colors or latex low odor paints may be used if good ventilation is maintained. If exposure is unavoidable, there are masks that can help reduce chemical exposures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have heard that eating canned soups, vegetables, and fruits is bad in pregnancy because of BPA is there any truth to this?
Maybe: theoretical problem only; no proven harmful effects ...Read more
Drank a lot of ginger ale from cans early on in pregnancy (around 6-7 weeks). Will the bpa from the cans be an issue for baby?
No: There's no evidence at this time that would indicate that this small risk of exposure is likely to cause serious problems for the baby. ...Read more
Ive been drinking out of water bottles my whole pregnancy & I just read about how it could hurt my baby because of BPA. Should I be worried?
No!: These "studies" are incomplete and as usual do nothing but FRIGHTEN people!!! The amount of these chemicals is MINUTE short term (as is nine months!!!) NOT TO WORRY! Hope this HELPS! Good Luck and keep hydrated!! Dr Z ...Read more
A small piece of my dental (bpa free) nightguard peeled off in my mouth and i swallowed it. 35 weeks pregnant. Harmful?
Probably not, but...: There is not enough scientific evidence to make a conclusion regarding the safe limits of bpa ingestion during pregnancy. Several nations around the world have placed bpa on lists of toxins that we should avoid and the U.S. Is now catching up! in general, if you don't have to use bpa products, don't. Also, i don't recommend heating foods in plastic or foam containers. ...Read more
Most are: First, please understand that the degree of risk from bpa is certainly small for adults, and purely theoretical- no one has bee shown to be harmed by it. That said, manufacturers voluntarily stopped using it because of the bad press, so any newly made bottle in the us should be free of it. Aluminum or glass are each definitely free if it as well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not necessarily: While BPA is hazardous because of its hormone-disrupting estrogenic effects, the problem is that cans without BPA use alternatives like BPF, BPS, vinyl and polyester that may be as or more toxic than BPA and it is hard to learn what alternatives are being used! See http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/1408989/ and https://ireadlabelsforyou.com/bpa-free-cans-safe-or-toxic/ and http://tinyurl.com/lsefng7 ...Read more
Estrogen effects: Bpa has been shown to have mild estrogenizing effects. While not awful, they are there, and most people don't want them. However there are a lot of other things in the environment, such as air fresheners, perfumes, and cosmetics, that also have the same effect. So avoiding one thing and not the others doesn't help. ...Read more
Avoid it: There's more we don't know than what is clear about the effects of bpa. Public health agencies have set safe exposure levels, but those assumptions are based on looking for cancers or other obvious toxicity. It was originally designed as a birth control chemical so we know it affects hormones. Look here to get an idea of what it might do to us: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=bisphenol+A ...Read more
It's unknown.: Bpa (bis-polyphenols) are increasingly suspected as being molecules which can affect the endocrine (hormonal) and potentially other systems in our bodies. The effect and severity is unknown. The food industry is working to remove bpa from many, if not all, containers. It will take some time for the industry to convert to entirely non-bpa liners. ...Read more
Not enough evidence: Use of bpa and human exposure is so very low that it is impossible to determine extent or risk at this point in time. Studies completed are not conclusive enough to demand withdrawal. Nothing to do with lobbyists in my opinion. Studies show micro doses are metabolized and excreted from the body very quickly, limiting potential damage. ...Read more
BPA free: You can look for special products that are bpa free. There are some water bottles, and other plastic items coming out now without it. However bpa is one of the additives that make plastic strong and enduring, which is why it isn't banned... It's in most of the plastic safety equipment we use. If you want to avoid estrogenizing effects, look to household things with smells, like air fresheners. ...Read more
Ltd danger - unknown: Use of bpa & human exposure is so very low that it is impossible to determine extent or risk at this point in time. Studies completed are not conclusive enough to demand withdrawal. Studies show micro doses are metabolized and excreted from the body very quickly, limiting potential damage. Avoidance in packaging, etc. Is very difficult to control. ...Read more
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