When you’re trying to conceive, it is important to eat right and pack up enough activities into your schedule to improve your chances. But apart from these, there are small precautions that you can take that will not only keep you healthy, but will improve your fertility. Here are 5 everyday products you should avoid when trying to conceive:
- Canned Foods
Canned foods, especially that which comes in plastic containers, might contain traces of a chemical called BPA in them. This can have an adverse effect on your fertility and development of babies. Yet another type of plastic, known as Phthalates, can also pose certain health risks. Therefore, it is best to avoid canned food and consume only fresh fruits and vegetables when you’re trying to conceive. Make sure you wash them thoroughly to remove any traces of pesticides.
- Hair Color
Hair color isn’t a complete no-no when you’re trying to get pregnant. However, make sure you go for chemical-free alternatives. Doctors recommend using plant or vegetable-based hair dyes when pregnant or while trying. Although not much is absorbed through the scalp, it is important to exercise caution while using hair dyes or colors.
Synthetic fragrances used in beauty products like perfume, contain chemicals that may disrupt hormone levels, affect fertility and build up in breast milk when you get pregnant. While choosing your favorite scent, look for those which are free from phthalates and synthetic musk (white musk). Since fragrance ingredients are rarely listed on the bottle, you might want to avoid using them altogether when trying to get pregnant.
- Nail Polish
Acetone-based products such as nail polish or nail polish remover can cause long term effects on fertility if you’re exposed to them frequently or for long periods of time. If you’re someone who loves coloring your nails often, make sure you use acetone-free remover and toxin-free nail polish.
- Scrubs, Soaps and Creams with Parabens
Parabens are a type of preservative that are used to prevent the growth of bacteria and have the ability to take on the characteristics of estrogen. Too much of estrogen can have an impact on fertility, as it regulates hormones in both men and women. When there is hormonal imbalance, there are fewer chances of healthy eggs or sperms being created. So don’t forget to read the ingredients in your body wash, shampoo, conditioner and soaps. Ensure that they are paraben-free and eliminate those with parabens least six months before you start trying.
Avoiding harmful toxins in the months leading up to conception can help increase your chances of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. To know more about products to avoid when trying to conceive, talk to our expert team of doctors at KIMS Cuddles.
*Information shared here is for general purpose Please take doctors’ advice before taking any decision