The Environment and Your Fertility Status

Environmental Health: Home Prep and Healthy Habits

1. Eat Organic

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

2. 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 braindevelopment)

  • 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

3. Limit pesticide and solvent use at home

  • Alternatives include cleaning with soap, vinegar, baking soda

4. 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
  • Helpful website: safecosmeticsact.org/search/products.aspx

5. 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

6. Throw away old foam furniture

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

7. Avoid lead

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

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