6. Take your shoes off

97805556-4511-48AD-B39F-DBF0CE29E4E6.jpeg For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

6. Take your shoes off when you get home. It’s another cheap, easy way to minimize how many chemicals you are exposed to at home.

This picture is me in our embryology hallway preparing for a weekend morning of surgeries. ❤️

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5. Don’t use insecticides

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

5. Don’t use insecticides.

Don’t use insecticides in or around your home. These chemicals have been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, ADHD, and even birth defect. Household insecticide use has been linked to risk of childhood leukemia. Instead, use healthy tips like keeping your counters clean to minimize pests. Use soap or vinegar to clean your house. Check the label of everything you buy. Make sure it’s free of fragrance, free of triclosan. Don’t use air fresheners, which are full of endocrine disrupting chemicals like phthalates. Consult EWG’s “Guide to Healthy Cleaning” for more tips about how to keep your home clean safely as well as a list of safer products to have around your home.

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4. Wash your hands (seriously)

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For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

4. Wash your hands.

Washing your hands before you touch your mouth or food is the easiest way to minimize your exposure to dangerous chemicals. Use plant-based soaps that do not contain fragrance. Did you know that the average “fragrant” contains about 14 secret chemicals that aren’t listed on the label and 80% of which have never had safety testing in personal care products?! You don’t need this nonsense.

Similarly, avoid anything labeled as “anti-bacterial” which has the chemical triclosan. There is no evidence that washing your body and home with antibacterial products does any good compared to old fashioned soap, water, and scrubbing! Women with higher triclosan exposure take longer to conceive. Triclosan is also associated in lower oocyte yield in couples undergoing IVF. Triclosan has also been associated with disruption of thyroid function.

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3. Avoid flame retardants

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

3E8A95E8-BFC6-49C8-BE76-C207CBA25EC03. Avoid flame retardants

Flame retardants are added to materials in order to slow or prevent the start or growth of fire. For decades, foam furniture, baby products and electronics have been loaded with flame retardants that migrate out of products and into our bodies.These chemicals have been linked to cancer and hormone disruption, as well as deficits in motor skills, attention and IQ in children.

I encourage you to buy flame retardant free products, dispose of damaged cushioning, and always wash hands before eating to minimize exposure to these and other chemicals 

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2. Food storage is important

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

2. Food storage is important.

Plastics have dangerous chemicals like phthalates and BPA. These chemicals have been linked to taking longer to conceive and pregnancy complications. Keep food in glass or stainless steel containers; avoid storing food in plastic. Do NOT heat your food in plastic containers. Heating plastic increases the leaching of chemicals. Use a paper towel or glass lid to food in the microwave.

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1. Eat your fruits and Veggies

For the next 10 days, I will be posting daily tips for how you can minimize your exposure to toxic chemicals in our environment. 💄💅🤢

First recommendation on this top 10 list- eat your fruits and veggies. 🍏🥦The best way to do this is to eat a variety of fresh produce. 🥑🍍🍒Wash your produce for at least 20 seconds to minimize your exposure to pesticides. 👏Avoid canned products because this can expose you to chemicals like Bisphenol A (BPA). Eat organic when you can and strategically by utilizing resources like EWG’s dirty list: certain items are worth the money of switching to organic (“Dirty 12”) more than other produce (“Clean 15”)

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Exciting posts coming!

Happy Friday everyone! I’m so excited to share a preview of something I’ve been working on!😬😬😬😬😬In my free time, I love to learn about what couples can do to enhance their fertility naturally. 👍This includes diet and lifestyle tips, including watching for dangerous environmental exposures. 💅💄Starting next week, I will be sharing daily posts of my “Top 10 list” of how to minimize exposure to chemicals in our environment. I’m so excited to share this evidence-based list of tips to help you and your family become healthier! Wishing you all a great weekend! #infertilityjourney #infertility #ttc #topten#environment

-Natalia Grindler, MD FACOG

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