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I'm desperate for someone to tell me she's ok. I wore invisalign braces during my whole pg with DD. They are made from a polycarbonate plastic blend is all they will say. The formula is proprietary and they won't even speak with me. They will only speak with a dentist. I'm kicking myself and though she seems healthy, I'm afraid I've damaged her for life. There was this small study done on rats where they fed them BPA containing plastic and as much as 50% of the eggs in their female offspring were messed up. Now I'm afraid that her eggs are damaged, and there's no way to know. I'm afraid that the plastic used was estrogenic because it made my lichen planus flare up again, which used to always be worse on BCPs and during the first half of my menstrual cycle when I wasn't on them. I'm terrified, and want some hope that things are ok. With all the talk here on mothering of changing sippy cups.... if that amount of exposure is a problem, I can't even imagine what I have done.
 

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I totally understand how bad you feel. I've freaked out about similar things I've done--like, spent time working in a building FILLED with solvent fumes due to an art restoration project when I was in my first trimester; I also drank a bazillion cups of tea made of water boiled in a plastic kettle all through my pregnancy, and it didn't occur to me until later that heating water in plastic could be leaching all kinds of horrible stuff (including BPA).<br><br>
I don't know about the braces or about what kind of leaching may or may not have occurred. My uneducated guess would be that it's not out of the normal range of exposure for most children. But I do know that we all are inadvertently and/or unavoidably exposed to all kinds of crap, and still our bodies seem to be pretty resilient.<br><br>
You acted based on the information you had at the time. You wouldn't do it again, and you are probably taking other steps to reduce your dd's exposure to BPA. As hard as it is, there is nothing you can do now except not beat yourself up. My dh likes to remind me that as much as we want to control our children's physical health and environment, we have to accept the endless risks and exposures we cannot control. The thing we have a lot more control over is our own and our kids' emotional health, and that isn't helped by beating ourselves up over things we had no way of knowing might be harmful.
 

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I really appreciate your kind response. DH has been telling me similar things, but sometimes it's nice to hear it from someone else. Thank you for sharing your stories with me too.
 
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