If you’re either trying to get pregnant or already there, chances are you’ve been advised to eat healthy, quit smoking and reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake. However have you thought about cutting back on conventional personal care/beauty products and your use of plastic?
“We now have something like 88,000 man-made chemicals and about 1400 of those are recognised as endocrine-disrupting chemicals which can have a negative affect on our hormone system,” says Dr Mark Green, University of Melbourne senior lecturer in reproductive biology.
“There’s data showing that couples that are going to fertility clinics have higher concentrations in their reproductive tissues than those who aren’t, so we know there is likely an association.”
Parabens which are found in many conventional shampoos, body lotions and other beauty products mimic estrogen in the body. “Estrogen disruption” has been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues.
So apart from making the switch to natural products and ditching the plastic (BPA is an issue) what else can you do to increase your chances of conceiving or protecting your unborn child. Here are our top tips;
- Watch your water baby – mums to be need to be guzzling the water, but we want that water to be fresh and filtered. Lead can leach out of poorly maintained water pipes and into the water supply that we drink. Exposure to lead can cause permanent brain damage and slow growth both in utero, and after birth.
- Switch the lippy – lipsticks can even contain lead too (from their chemically formed pigments). Wear natural lippy. Check out Living Nature Hanami or Neek lipsticks
- Nest with care – Before the baby arrives many women like to go a little nuts with the tidying, organising and sorting (aka known as nesting) to prepared for the new bub. However steer clear of the harsh cleaning products and switch instead to non-toxic, chemical free products. Bi-carb of soda Luvin Life Bi-Carb Soda 500g and vinegar are perfect alternatives to the usual commercial cleaning products.
- Skip the nail salon – Nail salons are toxic little cesspits (no we don’t love!) so give them a wide berth anytime but particularly when you are trying to conceive or have precious cargo on board. Still want lovely painted nails!? Check out these for a great alternative – Hanami Nail polish remover, Hanami Nail polish
- Not so fantastic plastic. Plastics contain hormone disruptors that can mess with your hormones which is especially problematic in pregnancy. The best way to go is to avoid the plastic all together, opt for glass and stainless steel bottles instead. Don’t heat those leftovers in plastic storage containers (I know you’re starving hungry, but just use a glass bowl or jar instead). Also ditch the glad wrap and use these instead Reusable Apiwraps Beeswax. Not much point buying all that wonderful organic fruit and veg and then encasing them in plastic. Switch to these Fruity Snacks Reusable Fruit and Veg Bags. Finally ditch the plastic straws and carry a few of these in your handbag like we do Stainless Steel Drinking Straws Ever Eco
- Once bub arrives you will want to make sure he or she is exposed to as few toxins as possible. Many of the conventional baby products on the market contain harmful chemicals. Instead pick up some of our great products for babies such as the wotnot baby balm, lotion and sunscreen just to name a couple. Check out the new mums and baby categories for a full range of products we stock.
- Green space – finally get out in nature as much as possible. It’s good for the health of both you and your little passenger.