Did you avoid parabens during TTC?

posted 4 months ago in TTC
Post # 2
2794 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

First rule of TTC is don’t live like you’re pregnant until you actually are. You have no idea how long you’re journey will be and there is no need to worry until those 2 lines appear.

i never heard any advice about beauty products when I was pregnant with my 2 but I’m in the UK and it might be different here. 

Step away from google

Post # 3
517 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I stay away from parabens in all my products at all times. I figure there are enough toxins in the world that I unknowingly come in to contact with. You should be able to find paraben free products at target. 

Post # 4
1715 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I avoided nothing while TTCing. Enjoy it all while you can. 

Post # 5
2579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

mus1ca1xo :  I’ve been avoiding parabens for ten years since I found out about their harmful effects on hormones. Currently 35.5 weeks pregnant and I’m happy that I didn’t have ten years of added parabens in my system prior to TTC. That being said, I was not a freak about it, and if gifted lotions or products I still would use them occasionally. 

But I also avoided long lived fish for their mercury content, as well as anything that bioaccumulates in the body.

Post # 6
1569 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

I’ve just been replacing my products with parabens as they run out. It won’t make a difference when TTC.

Post # 7
8480 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

I would say generally trying to stay clear of parabens is a good idea but enjoy your life in every which way you can before you get pregnant and try not to over think things or stress too much. Maybe it’s time to gently start adjusting certain aspects of your life but no need to drive yourself mad. 

Post # 8
9811 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

In general I try to stay clear so no, I did not do anything special/different for TTC or pregnancy.  I’m sure I used some items with parabens as I wasn’t strict but in general I buy things that are free of parabens.  Just go to Target and buy some new items once you use an old one up, there are plenty of products nowadays.  I wouldn’t toss unused things.  Just used them up and find something new once you’re out.

Post # 9
510 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Agree with everyone else. I avoided nothing (including alcohol, and an occasional cigarette) while trying to conceive- and had no problem and babies who were very healthy.  If you’re avoiding something generally because you’re concerned for your overall health- superb, but otherwise as someone else said- don’t worry about stuff to avoid while pregnant until you are pregnant. Trust me- once you’re actually pregnant and learn of all the things you can or should avoid- you’ll have plenty to cut out! Good luck! 

Post # 10
796 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Google will drive you nuts. If you have a pre-TTC appointment with an OBGYN, I’d ask them about what are reasonable accommodations to make. 

Post # 11
1757 posts
Buzzing bee

You should avoid these in general. I don’t think TTC or being pregnant is the time to suddenly start caring about your health. 

Post # 12
9418 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

You’ll drive yourself crazy trying to limit every single thing related to pregnancy.

The only thing I do is switch my face powder to something without salicylic acid when actually pregnant.

Post # 13
6146 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

mus1ca1xo :  I read the book The Complete Organic Pregnancy years ago and was shocked at the levels of toxins that are allowed in our various products. There are safety limits but if every product we use goes all the way up to the max allowed by saftey limits, our systems are being perpetually inundated with toxins (and potential hormone interruptors) – from our various cleaning products (for skin, hair, home, and clothes), our beauty products, our hair products etc. It’s a lot. So I started making the transition to less toxic products all around. Just for my overall health and wellbeing.

That said- I agree with those saying not to live like you’re pregnant until you are pregnant (but you should want to get your home and food and system as healthy as possible for your own benefit, not just a future hypothetical baby’s).

Post # 14
1271 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

mus1ca1xo :  I didn’t avoid parabens. There’s not enough conclusive data about its effects. The information is still pretty mixed. I’m not saying that it is safe to use, but I just haven’t seen enough data to indicate that I shouldn’t be using it. 

I didn’t find much information on Mayo Clinic or Healthy children.org. Based on current studies available, the FDA isn’t going to ban parabens. And the information at NIH is very mixed (as the info is presented  as individual studies). 

Post # 15
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - City, State

TTC is what really got me on a huge health kick, so yes. I replaced all of my makeup and skincare and hair products with items that were more natural and paraben-free. I also replaced all of my household cleaning products with more natural alternatives. I did this years ago with my toothpaste and deoderant and finally switched everything else. I figured that’s the perfect reason to start and that’s how I live my life now and will continue to do so!

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