Pregnant Women Need To Avoid Receipts. Yes, Really.
Some days, it can feel hard to even keep up on all of the latest warnings and precautions for pregnant women, can't it? Soft cheese, no cheese, lunch meat, coffee is bad, coffee is kind of bad, coffee is bad again.
Like any mother, I try to wade through the latest health information with caution–taking studies seriously that could affect my health or the health of my children, but also remembering to take it all with a grain of salt because it's enough to drive us all crazy.
And the latest news for pregnant women might really surprise you:
Apparently, receipts are now harmful.
I have heard this advice before, but kind of brushed it aside, to be honest. Who can worry about something so small as a receipt?
The news gets a little more bizarre when I tell you that the scare over receipts originates from a study done on zebrafish, but the researchers are still really concerned about what they found.
Since scares over BPA, many plastic products are now BPA free or use a replacement chemical, called BPS, instead and the study examined the effect of both chemicals on developing zebrafish. They found, much to their surprise, that both chemicals equally affected the developing baby fish neurologically–in really dangerous ways, even when they were only exposed to small amounts.
“These findings suggest that BPA-free products are not necessarily safe,” the researchers claimed. “Our data here, combined with over a dozen physiological and behavioral human studies that begin to point to the prenatal period as a BPA window of vulnerability, suggest that pregnant mothers limit exposure to plastics and receipts.”
So, should you be worried?
Honestly, the jury is out on this one. In my mind, any chemicals have the potential to be dangerous, and if all-natural options are available, what can it hurt to be better safe than sorry? A few tips you could take during your pregnancy may limit your exposure and ease your mind are these:
- Choose glass containers when possible for storing leftovers or drinking your daily water.
- Request receipts be emailed to you instead of printed.
- Ask cashiers to throw away the receipts for you if you don't need them.
- Consider wearing gloves for quick trips in the car if you will be touching receipts, and stash a trash bag in your car for easy disposal.
- Look into stocking up on glass bottles for your baby. Evenflo just released new classic and vented glass bottles that would be a good plastic-free option.
Do you try to avoid plastics when you are pregnant?