10 Green Pregnancy Tips
There is no better time to green your lifestyle that during pregnancy. Common pollutants that barely impact you and I can have a much larger effect on your growing baby, in utero and out. Make these simple changes during pregnancy to establish healthy habits for your kiddo.
Here are some green pregnancy tips:
1. Eat locally grown, organic foods. The fewer pesticides you consume the better. Organic foods, of course, use organic pesticides. The most common foods to be contaminated by pesticides are fruits and veggies, including peaches, apples, strawberries, spinach, bell peppers, celery, and potatoes. Fruits that come with a tough peel, such as bananas and oranges, are less likely to be contaminated.
2. Avoid plastic containers, especially those containing BPA. Instead opt for reusable glass food containers (such as Pyrex) and stainless steel water bottles. Multiple studies have demonstrated that BPA mimics estrogen and can have a feminizing effect on babies and fetuses. And let's not forget to mention the large volume of pollution emitted during plastic production, landfill space used, and pollution from recycling.
3. Consignment shop for maternity clothes (and for baby gear, too). The money you save will really add up, and you will decrease carbon emissions from producing and transporting new clothes and decrease the use of environmental resources. And you'll be teaching your child green habits before they're even born!
4. Change your skincare routine. Many products, even those labeled organic, contain chemicals that have been linked to birth defects. In particular avoid products containing Retinoids (used in many anti-wrinle creams) and salicylic acid (used in acne meds). Most sunscreens are safe to use.
5. Avoid using pesticides in your yard (and in bug sprays on your growing body). This is a general good practice due to the many known environmental consequences of chemical pesticides. Pesticides have repeatedly been linked to birth defects. Instead opt for green options, such as using plants to repel mosquitos and other pests.
6. Keep the air in your house clear of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that readily evaporates into the air. Any air fresheners, carpet cleaners, laundry detergents, etc. not derived directly from plants should be avoided.
7. Avoid perfumes and other scented hygiene products, as well. Most contain phthalates, which have been linked to birth defects in lab rats in many studies. Select organic “fragrance-free” products, since phthalates are often listed as “fragrance” one ingredient lists.
8. Opt for non-toxic cleaning supplies, such as NewLeaf Dish and Hand Cleaner. Anything that says “caution” or “flammable” is probably a no-no. Organic and natural cleaners have improved leaps and bounds over the past two decades and you are sure to find something to replace the old standbys.
9. Nix the nail polish. Nail polish also contain phthalates just as perfumes do. There are some natural nail polishes out there, though none seem to work as well as the old-fashioned kind.
10. Avoid canned foods, which also contain BPA that is found in plastics. Fresh veggies and fruits are better for the environment, any way, as they require less processing and transport.
... Enjoy your pregnancy and rest up before the arrival of your bundle of joy and many sleepless nights!!