A Green Pregnancy

March 10, 2010 at 3:04 am 1 comment

Everywhere you turn you hear about the benefits of “Going Green.”  Well I’m hear to give you a few more reasons and a few more ways to “Go Green.”  Your pregnancy is an amazing and beautiful time to bond with your baby.  As this beautiful new life grows inside of you, you will become overly aware of how scary the world is and you will want to do everything you possibly can to change it.  Changing the environment that your baby is growing in is an excellent ways to start protecting your new bundle of joy.

Lets look at how to change YOUR environment, by that I mean your body, where your baby is growing.  Eating organic, local grown food when possible is best.  This may be harder for some depending on what part of the country you live in, because not everyone has fresh farmers markets year-round.  You can still shop organic at the grocery store though.  There are certain foods that are high in pesticides and contamination, these are the foods you should try to buy organic as often as possible.  Below is a list.

Buy Organic:

Apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, imported grapes, peaches, pears, potatoes, raspberries, strawberries and spinach

Foods that are less likely to be contaminated include avocados, bananas, broccoli, cauliflower, kiwi, mangos, oranges, pineapple, corn, and peas.

You should also try to eat  grass-fed and hormone free meet and poultry, watch how much salt you take in and avoid food with chemical additives.

Another way you can protect YOUR enviornment is by switching to mineral makeup and avoiding skin care products and perfumes that contain phthalates. Phthalates are not always listed on the label so check consumer-safety sites. safecosmetics.org

Now that we have tackled your body lets look at the house.  The air we breathe is essential to life, not just your but now your babies as well.  When we use chemicals in our homes to clean we breath them in and certain ones can be more harmful than others to you and your baby.  First off get rid of the air fresheners.  A home that smells good is always nice, but studies show that infants in homes that use air fresheners on a regular basis have a 32% increase in diarrhea.  I don’t care how nice the house smells nothing is worth changing that many more blow out diapers… trust me!

unfortunately the candles have to go as well ladies, unless they are soy candles.  I hate to be a party pooper but paraffin candles release carcinogens such as benzene and toluene.  If you want to make the house smell and look good try a vase a fresh flowers, they smell great and if your husband happens to be the one who brings them home they will put a smile on your face each time you look at them.

Next is the nursery.  I know, you can’t wait to paint the walls, buy the furniture and hang up all the clothes but remember to take precautions.  Use paint that is nontoxic, non-VOC- or low-VOC.  Opt for hardwood floors as new carpet can emit harmful chemicals.  Consider buying an organic baby mattress and bedding.  Before you wash the babies clothes make sure you have purchased a detergent that is safe and gentle to your new babies skin.

It might seem like a lot of work but you and your family are worth it.  Share your favorite ways to go green with us.

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  • 1. David Callicott  |  March 12, 2010 at 2:32 am

    Thanks for spreading the word on paraffin. It’s amazing how few people realize that the fumes that come out of paraffin candles are linked to cancer and birth defects. The phtalates released from candles scented with synthetic or chemical fragrances are even worse.

    We just launched a new company this month–GoodLight–focusing exclusively on unscented, paraffin-free candles. They are made out of palm wax instead of soy or beeswax. And as of now, ours are the only ones on the market that are priced as low as paraffin–so there’s now the option to enjoy candlelight at home without breaking the bank.

    Thanks!

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