If you want to get pregnant, see your dentist (No, we don’t mean you should have sex in the dental chair). A recent Australian study compared rates of periodontal disease with the speed by which women conceived and found that women with fewer cavities got pregnant more quickly. It turns out that the kind of oral bacteria that causes cavities also increases inflammation, which not only impacts placental health, but might even increase the risk of miscarriage or premature birth.
And once you get pregnant, don’t drink out of plastic. Exposure in the womb to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used in the food and medical industries, including the plastic water bottles we drink out of, causes changes in female primates’ uterus development, meaning the same is probably true for pregnant human beings.
Experts recommend minimizing BPA exposure by using BPA-free products when possible and reducing consumption of canned foods, many of which are lined with BPA-containing epoxy resin. The BPA study used the rhesus monkey, a species that is very similar to humans in regard to pregnancy and fetal development. Researcher Carmen Williams says, "The long-term effects of BPA exposure on reproductive tract development are unknown. However, this research supports the recommendation that pregnant women should limit their exposure to BPA."
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