Studies results urge pregnant women to avoid food and drinks heated up in plastic containers: the risk of miscarriage rockets by 80 per cent

Canned foods, microwaved food and plastic water bottles left out in the sun could turn out being very dangerous to pregnancy and conception. This is the result of a recent study undertook by a Stanford University team: researchers warn women and men to limit the exposure to plastic packaging, tinned products and cash register receipts. The risk of miscarriage can increase by 80 per cent, due to the exposure to bisphenol-A (BPA), and the same chemical can seriously damage male fertility.

Previous rodent experiments shown that the chemical bisphenol-A could threaten foetal survival, but now scientists claim that it can also put at risk human reproduction. 

In particular, they advised pregnant women to avoid cooking or warming foods in plastic containers, as chemicals leak far more quickly at higher temperatures, and to avoid letting plastic bottles of drinks get warm in the sun: the risk of miscarriage could rise up by 80 per cent. Similar advices have been made for men, whose fertility is also put at risk by such chemicals (male fertility has been shown to decrease by 20 per cent). The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists also urged women to limit the exposure to many plastic chemicals.

The Stanford team noted that it’s impossible to avoid completely these dangerous substances, but also stated that there are some simple things that people can do to limit their exposure to them: avoid canned food, avoid cooking or heating plastic and then avoid unnecessary cash register receipts. Bisphenol-A is the main component under indictment, as it has been already proved to harm child development, and because of that it has been banned in baby bottles by the EU. However, the Miscarriage Association said the study was too small to draw definite conclusions, and that more research was needed.