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Products to Avoid When Trying to Conceive

by Katlyn Joy
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Getting ready to start a family involves more than basal temperature charts and ovulation kits, or calendars with hearts. It's also about preparing your body to be at optimum health to make getting pregnant easier and to ensure the healthiest start to your baby's life as well.

Diet

When you are preparing for pregnancy, it's not enough to eat the right foods. Some foods can actually be dangerous for a developing baby. The following are No-No's Foods for those ttc.

1. Soy products. While generally soy seems a good idea, while trying to get pregnant it can be problematic. Isoflavone phytoestrogens seem to have an effect on both male and female sex hormones, and can reduce fertility in men. Consuming high levels of soy products can result in decreased sperm concentration and the effect is even more noticeable in overweight males.

2. Certain seafood. Foods high in mercury such as swordfish, shark, tilefish and King mackerel and keep tuna consumption to 12 ounces or less a week. Plan for a total seafood intake of two meals a week in general, and make sure to avoid raw or undercooked seafood.

3.Raw or rare meats, uncooked or undercooked poultry or eggs. This can cause food borne illness. Also stay away from unpasturized food products for the same reason.

4. If you eat lunch meat or hot dogs, be certain to heat them up before enjoying them. Listeria is a food borne illness that can cause miscarriage.

5. Unwashed fruits and vegetables. Wash carefully to avoid bacteria and consider organic as your best option. Never eat raw sprouts even if washed.

6. Caffeine. While no absolute safe or unsafe margin has been found through research, enough evidence exists to warrant limiting or avoiding caffeine during pregnancy, but especially during the first trimester. Discuss with your doctor what type of caffeine levels you feel comfortable with.

7. Limit your vitamin A intake to avoid birth defects, this would be about 2500 international units or less a day.

8. Alcohol. Avoid alcohol when preparing to get pregnant. Since you don't know exactly when conception will occur and no safe level of alcohol has been established, simply avoid drinking as soon as you know you are going to be trying for a baby to be safe.

Lifestyle Issues

Besides drinking, you should also put down that cigarette and stay away from cigarette smoke. Smoking interferes with fertility and once pregnant may cause a variety of problems for baby including SIDS.

Reduce your stress load now to boost your chances at success with babymaking. One great way to do so is to start exercising which obviously has even more benefits than merely lowering stress levels. Take walks, go for a swim, and go for a bike ride.

Of course, cut out any recreational drugs which are harmful to your body and endanger your future baby's health. Should you have an addiction problem, seek treatment prior to trying to conceive.

Medications and Herbs

Many medications even those available over the counter can interfere with conception or will harm a growing baby. Never take any drugs even seemingly benign ones without asking a doctor or pharmacist first.

Similarly do not use herbs, even herbal teas, essential oils or aromatherapy without explicit OK for your health provider. Herbs are indeed powerful agents just like any other drug or medication and simply because you don't need a prescription doesn't mean you don't need permission to use them.

Chemicals

We live in a chemically drenched world. Pay attention to what you use, breath and surround yourself with. Here are some to watch for:

1. Retinol. This chemical is found in many beauty and skin regimens. Avoid it both prior to conceiving and afterwards.

2. Air pollution. If your area is having a poor air quality day, try to stay indoors as much as possible and definitely avoid exertion during those times.

3. Avoid all solvents, such as paint thinners, degreasers, laquers and stains. These can cause birth defects, prematurity and can cause damage to your preconception body as well.

4. Avoid anything that smells strongly of chemicals. If you can sniff it, it is best to avoid it.

5. Don't use insect repellents particularly those containing the chemical DEET.

6. Don't use or be around insectides, weed killers or similar products.

7. Avoid plastics with the number 7 or BP on the bottom of the label.


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