This is Why Expectant Mothers Shouldn't Drink Water from Plastic Bottles!
May 29, 2017
All over the world, bottled water is sold in the billions every year! Water sold in packaged plastic bottles are so popular because many people consider them to be purer, safer and tastier than water from other sources. Unfortunately, that’s not always true – in many cases, tap water is just as safe, or even safer when purified.
In fact, certain chemicals in plastic bottles can actually make the water harmful, especially for pregnant women. Various studies conducted around the world have come to the conclusion that by regularly drinking water from plastic containers pregnant women risk developing serious health defects, and even put their unborn child in harms ways.
The main culprit behind the problem is a chemical known as bisphenol A (BPA) that’s commonly present in polycarbonate plastic water bottles as well as most plastic containers used to store or package edible and non-edible items. The extent of the problem is so severe that 95% of expectant mothers in the U.S. who were tested had BPA in their urine!
The Harmful Effects of BPA
Various studies conducted on lab rats have shown that BPA can:
• Up the risk of miscarriage
• Increase the risk of babies becoming obese when they grow up
• Make children susceptible to cancer and diabetes during later years
• Hinder normal brain development in fetus
BPA dissolves in water to a certain degree at room temperature, but that level goes up significantly at higher temperatures. A plastic water bottle left inside a car on a hot day or in direct sunlight can release large amounts of BPA into the water it’s holding. And a study has shown that high dosage of BPA can increase the chance of miscarriage by 80 percent.
Brain Development Issues
Because BPA is a hormone disruptor, it can obstruct normal oestrogen and androgen activity in your body. In pregnant women, this could have harmful effects on the unborn child, which could later develop problems such as depression, ADHD, low IQ, reduced cognitive abilities and even schizophrenia from reduced or complete loss of nerve synapses.
The hormone disruptive function of BPA has also been found to block a hormone called leptin, which keeps a person’s appetite in check when his or her body is not in need of energy. A child exposed to BPA during gestation can become less responsive to leptin, which could make the child susceptible to obesity due to overeating and other factors during later years.
If you’re drinking water from a plastic bottle during pregnancy, you could be increasing the risk of your unborn child getting prostate cancer later in life. Researchers believe that BPA makes the stem cells more sensitive to oestrogen for the rest of the child’s life, leaving him or her defenceless against several diseases, including cancer (prostate cancer in particular because it is believed to be caused by increased levels of oestrogen and testosterone).
While most of these conclusions are based on studies conducted on mice, it’s worth noting that BPA does have all the same effects on human physiology. And these reasons are serious enough warrant a change in your habit – that of drinking bottled water, especially when you’re an expecting mother.
Install a good quality water purifier at home, and when you step outside, fill water in a glass or stainless steel water bottle and carry it with you. This will not only keep you and your child safe, but it’ll also reduce the amount of plastic waste.
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