Ahhh, the soothing scent of lavender in your new shampoo, but is it lavender that gives your shampoo that fragrance, or is it more likely a concoction of chemicals that mimics the natural scent? Most cosmetic and personal care products have added fragrances. Even items such as eye shadow can contain scents, and some items with no apparent fragrance actually have scents masking their true odor creating a scent that seems odorless. These trade secrets can have harmful affects on your fertility and the success of your pregnancy.
Many Americans struggle with weight issues. Sixty two percent of women are overweight, considered to be a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or more. And almost half of the overweight women are actually obese, having a BMI of 30 or more. Evidence shows that resolving weight issues before conception can help a woman have a healthier, more successful pregnancy. Excess weight can lower fertility and lead to pregnancy complications from minor aches and pains to more serious dangers.
By this point everyone is well aware of the risks of smoking. And women planning a pregnancy are advised to quit smoking well before they get pregnant and to avoid second-hand smoke throughout their pregnancy. Now new research shows that third-hand smoke also poses a risk- and much like first and second-hand smoke, third-hand smoke is especially dangerous for pregnant women, developing babies, and young children.
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Since the 1950’s many communities in the United States and other parts of the world have added fluoride to the public drinking water supplies. The program of fluoridation was started with the intention of reducing tooth decay. Since then there has been a great deal of controversy about the safety of fluoridation. Concerns range from increased risks of tooth staining and brittleness (dental fluorosis), bone brittleness (skeletal fluorosis), bone cancer, hormone disruption, premature puberty, and altered neurological development in babies. While planning your pregnancy it is a good idea to learn about the risks fluoride may pose to your baby and to review your own fluoride intake.http://www.beforeyouconceive.com/index.php/Lifestyle-for-Fertility-Conception-Pregnancy/Your-Body/flouride-safety-when-youre-planning-to-get-pregnant.html