Strolling the dish aisle of any home store you will see many bright cheerful dishes made of the material melamine. It is a popular choice for plates because they are billed as being shatter resistant, heat resistant, and dishwasher safe. Dishes made of melamine are affordable and are often more attractive than plastic dishes. Some people choose them as in an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic in their life. However, melamine poses risks to your health that can make it a dangerous choice. During preconception and early pregnancy it is important to reduce your exposures to chemicals that could harm your baby.