Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a common component used in the manufacturing of plastics. It is the single most common form of polycarbonate plastic.
BPA has been found to function as an endocrine disruptor, which can mimic the hormone estrogen.
Numerous studies have found some effects of BPA on fetal development in pregnant women. Therefore, it’s recommended that pregnant women follow these simple guidelines to avoid ingesting or absorbing BPA into their blood:
Avoid excessive handling of thermal cash register receipts and paper money, which both contain BPA
Wash hands after handling thermal receipts or paper money
Avoid alcohol based hand sanitizer after handling register receipts as these have been found to increase the absorption of BPA into the skin
Buy fresh or frozen foods when possible to avoid canned goods
Purchase food in cardboard or glass packaging instead of cans
Do not microwave food in plastic containers
Use glass, porcelain or stainless food storage and cookware
Only purchase plastic containers that are labeled BPA-free