Spring Cleaning: You and Fertility

May 2, 2011

Mom and babyWith spring upon us, Laurel Fertility Care offers some tips on how to improve your chances for motherhood by being good to both yourself and Mother Earth.

This spring, clean Mother Earth while improving your chances of motherhood. “Women trying to conceive often forget the importance of taking care of themselves,” commented Dr. Lee Kao. “We often see patients who are so focused on caring for everything else that they actually decrease their success by not focusing on themselves first.”

On behalf of Laurel Fertility Care, below are four tips to help you on your journey to motherhood while making the Earth a better place to grow your family.

  1. Clean your kitchen: increase your veggies; decrease your red meat. Researchers reported that “shifting entirely from an average American diet to a vegetable-based diet would reduce the same emissions as 8,000 miles driven per year.” Harvard doctors suggest in The Fertility Diet to replace one meal of red meat with veggies per week to increase your fertility success.
  2. Refresh your home by eating organic or growing your own vegetables, herbs, and flowers. According researchers, if Americans switched to an entirely local diet, we would reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to driving 1,000 miles. “It’s important to make sure your food is from a healthy source, for example, an organic pesticide-free farm,” advised naturopathic doctor Dr. Lisa Brent. “Eating well by knowing what’s in your food and avoiding pesticides will lead to a healthier pregnancy.”
  3. Remove any products containing chemical toxins. Research as shown that chemical toxins can lead to infertility – including spontaneous abortions and infertility. Toxins such as BPA (bisphenol) are often found in food cans, milk container linings, and dental sealants. Whereas other chemicals like benzene as well as phtalates like DBP, DEHP, BzBP, and DMP are found in cleaning supplies, personal care products, insect repellent, particular plastics, rubber, dyes, nail polish, and paint. As a few simple fixes, use flowers rather than sprays to freshen up a room or look for “BPA-free” stickers on your plastic ware to ensure safety.
  4. Change your commuting style. Instead of driving to work, why not try commuting by bus, train, bike or foot? If buses or trains aren’t available or the distance is too far to bike or walk, try organizing a carpool. Then before or after work, or during lunch, suggest a walk to increase your daily exercise. Beyond reducing your carbon footprint, incorporating moderate exercise into your day will pump de-stressing endorphins through your body and help your body maintain an optimal BMI zone (20–24) for pregnancy.

Bibliography

www.fs.fed.us/fstoday/2009/090424/HL2.pdf
www.theafa.org/blog_images/Dirty_Dozen.pdf
Carnegie Mellon University (2008, April 22). Want To Reduce Your Food-related Carbon Footprint? What You Eat Is More Important
www.health.harvard.edu/books/Fertility-Diet
attainfertility.com/article/prevent-infertility

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