Everyone wants a healthy baby.  I’ve received many questions about my recommended pre-pregnancy lifestyle changes.  This is such an exciting area!  Small changes that can make huge differences.  One of those is decreasing toxins in your environment.  This is great information for everyone, not just for women hoping to conceive.  It is essential to minimize toxic exposure before pregnancy.  It’s also wise for anyone who wants to LIVE YOUNGER.

One of the earliest parts of the baby to develop is the neural tube, which later develops into the brain and spinal cord.  It is estimated that a newborn baby’s brain houses a hundred billion nerve cells, called neurons.  Since basic brain structure develops in the womb, the womb environment has a profound impact on the brain.  Common environmental products impact that environment.

Many common products in our society can do harm to you and your growing child. Here are five basic toxins to begin eliminating from your world before pregnancy:

  1. Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates:  These frequent components of common consumer products including plastics are considered by the March of Dimes to be harmful to your baby during pregnancy and early childhood.  BPA makes plastics clear and strong and Phthalates make plastics soft and flexible.  When there is exposure to these chemicals during pregnancy, they can affect the baby’s brain/nervous system and behavior later.  In male babies, the prostate may be affected.  START SOMEWHERE using glass containers and avoid products labeled with a 3, a 7 or PC, which stands for polycarbonate.  Look for canned foods in BPA-free containers or glass.
  2. Synthetic Fragrance:  Common fragrances and air fresheners are made up of hundreds of chemicals, including phthalates which can cause developmental and reproductive harm.  They also often contain synthetic musks that break down the body’s defenses against other toxic exposures and are linked to an increased breast cancer risk.  Consider using essential oils for fragrance and air purification.
  3. Triclosan:  Triclosan is a hormone disruptor that found in antibacterial soaps and disinfectant products.  It’s been found in blood and breast milk because it builds up in our bodies.  Plain soap and water is just as effective in removing germs according to many studies.
  4. Teflon/non-stick cookware:  Teflon releases perfluorooctanoic (PFOA) when heated to 450 degrees F.  The toxic fumes released at high temperatures may kill pet birds and cause people to develop flu-like symptoms called “Teflon Flu” or “Polymer Fume Fever”.  It is linked to developmental harm and cancer.  Consider using stainless steel or cast iron for higher temps.  
  5. Cigarette Smoke/Secondhand Smoke: Some of the deficiencies associated with secondhand smoke include low birth weight, miscarriage, early birth, learning or behavioral deficiencies and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  Many of the approximately 4,000 chemicals are related to cancer.  

This is just the tip of the iceberg!  There are thousands of chemicals used in personal care products and over 85 percent of them have not been reviewed for safety.  START SOMEWHERE  doing what you can to clean up your environment and minimize your exposure.  Detox is not recommended during pregnancy or breastfeeding but is a good thing to do before you try to conceive.

Minimize toxic exposure before pregnancy. Take comfort in knowing that your body was designed to rid itself of chemicals.  The point is to avoid overload.  Quality sleep, healthy food, pure water, and adequate exercise go a long way in boosting your body’s defenses against toxic exposure.  Don’t stress over everything, just get started.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Minimize Toxic Exposure Before Pregnancy

Minimize Toxic Exposure Before Pregnancy