Do you know that household products and cosmetics could be having an impact on your fertility and unborn baby?
In a nutshell, most of the household products that are available to buy from the supermarket and the High Street impact your fertility, pregnancy and your general health.
Most of the well-known brands of cleaning products and cosmetics are loaded with toxins and chemicals that you’re inhaling and absorbing whilst sitting at home feeling safe and cosy.
Your endocrine system could be under a silent attack without you having any idea about it.
I hope that I can shed some light on some of the common toxins that we can be exposed to daily and you can make up your own mind if you want to change some of the products you may be using at the moment.
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Many of the comic common chemicals that we are exposed to are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) these can affect egg and embryo quality, also sperm and therefore affect the chances of a healthy pregnancy and they can also affect the long-term health of a child.
This goes to say if your natural hormone levels are being altered by chemicals then so is your overall health. The common EDC’s that you have probably heard of are BPA, phthalates and parabens.
How can I avoid these toxins?
As a general rule if you can smell your household products they contain synthetic fragrance which is chemical-based. Most air fresheners and room fragrances you can buy are loaded with these harmful toxins too. Instead of using these air fresheners, you can use a room diffuser with some essential oils. Some of the best ones for fertility are citrus, sandalwood, geranium, ylang-ylang, peppermint and lavender.
You can also add essential oils to unscented natural cosmetics and lotions to avoid using ones with synthetic fragrance.
NB: Always do your own research and check oils that are suitable or not for fertility and pregnancy before use.
Where can I buy toxin-free products?
Most supermarkets have their own green cleaning ranges alongside other brands of eco products that are more environmentally friendly and are a better choice than the big brand offenders, but they do sometimes still use parabens.
As an example, Ecover would have you believe it is totally green yet it still only receives a middle rating for pollution and toxins, the same stands for Method products too. Check the labels for offending chemicals and make your own decision.
Check out this link for the best tried and tested eco brands: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/best-eco-cleaning-products
And let’s not forget the superpower of some storecupboard ingredients that actually work and save on the bank balance too: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning/tips/a24885/make-at-home-cleaners/
So that’s the inhaling chemicals covered, let’s look at what we’re absorbing in cosmetics and personal care.
Parabens are the main culprit here in the form of preservatives. Going fragrance-free is one of the easiest ways to tackle this one and again be very aware of what you are buying with your weekly shop.
Nearly everything available in the supermarket is owned and controlled by the big pharmaceutical companies eg Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, Roche etc and they have such power that they stop smaller independents from trading beside them there.
Many of the big Pharma products are labelled, plant-derived or natural but aren’t as they would have us believe. I am a fan of Greenpeople as a mid-price range option and Naturisimo have a great range of natural cosmetics and makeup.
Our skin is our biggest organ and soaks up everything that we put on it so we can make a conscious decision to be kinder to ourselves and the environment at the same time. To me, that’s a win/win.
Fancy a manicure/pedicure?
Nail varnishes with their strong solvents can be very toxic lots of them contain formaldehyde, toluene, dibutyl phthalate and parabens to name a few of the worst chemicals. If you still want to keep your nails looking fabulous, I found the following article recommending 10 nail varnishes without these chemicals and reviews on them.
Amongst the thousands of face creams out there, many of the anti-ageing contain retinoids. These should also be swerved if possible as this has been proven to disturb the growth of an embryo or fetus. This doesn’t mean you have to now look like a wrinkly hag, just double-check the ingredients and search for a more natural version to maintain your beautiful face.
Thinking of decorating?
A bit of decorating could be a great distraction with all of this fertility ‘shizzle’ and pregnancy concerns going on.
Maybe you’re thinking about getting the house in order for when the magic finally happens and your baby arrives. If so think of non-toxic eco paints. We have a good selection here in the U.K. Check out this link for the best eco-friendly paint brands https://www.countryandtownhouse.com/interiors/best-eco-friendly-paint-brands/
We are about to start decorating so I will most definitely be choosing one of these for the overall health of the whole family.
Preparing your body with some yoga or pilates?
What a gift you can give to yourself preparing your mind and your body for pregnancy and birth.
Have you ever had your face pressed down into some super stinky yoga mat that smells a bit like a glue/plastic factory along with other unpleasant, sweaty aromas? Let me tell you, I have. Or buying a new yoga mat & having to hang it out for days to attempt to get rid of the toxic smell.
Some of the cheaper yoga mats are also awful for the environment as well as not being brilliant for your health.
Check out a project of love from Anna Challacombe of Bliss Cloud from Brighton who spent years researching and producing amazing beautiful and ethical yoga mats. Of course, there are many ethical companies out there but these are particularly lovely.
With all of this toxic talk, it just leaves me to say that I hope you will now be able to introduce a small change in your life and health while at the same time doing something positive for the environment too.
I want you to be able to see these as gentle tips and not to be upset in any way by previous choices. You don’t know what you don’t know and we are always learning. Be kind to yourself about past choices that may not align with your current beliefs and knowledge.
Know that you are always doing your best with the information you have and always, always follow your gut and do what you believe is good and right for you.
Sending love and eco baby dust to you all.