Is it worth reducing your exposure to environmental & household chemicals during preconception?
Prenatal exposure to certain environmental and household chemicals has been found to have a negative health impact on the reproductive health of both males and females (No, A. C. O., 2013). Unfortunately, it does not just stop with the reproductive issues of the parents because many of these chemicals have the ability pass across into the placenta influencing fetal and ongoing child health and developement ( Woodruff, Carlson, Schwartz, & Giudice, 2008).
A few years ago The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists were so concerned about the negative transgenerational influence of these chemicals that they issued a call to action for obstetricians, gynecologists and health professionals to highlight the importance of education on this matter. Of particular concern was exposure during the preconception and prenatal periods (No, A. C. O., 2013).
Whilst exposure to some of these chemicals is inevitable, avoidance where possible is prudent, especially for males and females thinking of conceiving, or those who are already pregnant or breast feeding.
At Scarbrough Health, we understand that it is impossible to do it all. However, if you do have the time and inclination, we have developed a homemade cleaning product, using common and inexpensive ingredients, to help you reduce your exposure during these important periods.
Let us know what you think. We love it!
No, A. C. O. (2013). Exposure to toxic environmental agents. Fertility and sterility, 100(4), 931-934.
Woodruff, T. J., Carlson, A., Schwartz, J. M., & Giudice, L. C. (2008). Proceedings of the summit on environmental challenges to reproductive health and fertility: executive summary. Fertility and sterility, 89(2), 281-300.