Environmental Factors and Fertility: Dr. Nathaniel DeNicola’s Tips

Check out this tips and tricks on home prep and healthy habits for your environment! Brought to you by OBGYN expert, Dr. Nathaniel DeNicola.

Eat Organic

  • Less pesticide residue
  • Avoid fast-food, junk food, highly processed food

Limit plastic in your food

Foods in constant contact with plastic can absorb plasticides that act as neuroendocrine disruptors in the fetus (impair the baby’s brain development)

  • Common sources: 5-gallon water jugs, Styrofoam, PVC
  • Better options: paper or glass products
  • In particular you want to avoid heating food in the plastic as this can accelerate the absorption

Limit pesticide and solvent use at home

  • Alternatives include cleaning with soap, vinegar, baking soda

Ditch the scents!

  • Ideally you want to avoid phthalates found in many fragrances (pregnant women often experience smell aversion anyway)
  • Choose “fragrance free” instead of “unscented” in personal care products: “unscented” products simply add extra fragrance to mask the phthalate-containing chemicals with fragrance

Bust the dust

  • Vacuum daily, remove shoes before entering the house
  • Areas where dust is particularly likely to have toxins:
    • Agricultural areas
    • Urban neighborhoods
    • Patient or spouse works with pesticides, solvents, lead

Throw away old foam furniture

  • Flame retardants are present in furniture foam prior to 2005 (but much higher risk prior to 1975)

Avoid lead

  • Frequent dust mopping
  • Unexpected sources:
  • Ethnic products: azarcon and greta, bali goli, Ayurvedic treatments
  • Drugstore brand lipstick

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