If you are pregnant you’re probably wondering what’s safe and what isn’t.
There’s a lot of info out there, but most of it doesn’t even begin to cover the true dangers. I went through the same frantic search when I was pregnant, and I know it can be overwhelming.
So while you may have been told a hundred times to avoid tuna and soft cheese, I doubt your doctor is telling you about the dangers of pesticides, artificial colors, fake sugar, BPA in cans and plastics, or that toxic non-stick pan you’ve been cooking with. In this post I share my five basic but high-impact steps to have a healthy non-toxic pregnancy.
One more thing before we start, let me just add that this isn’t fear mongering. My goal is NOT to freak anyone out. Seriously, that’s not my style.
This is about sharing knowledge so that you can have the best chance at a healthy family.
It’s about educating yourself and using that knowledge to make a difference for the better. Everything I share comes from a place of love. Oki-doki?!
1. Stop eating toxins
The single best thing you can do to have a healthy baby is nourish your body with non-toxic fresh food. Eat foods that are organic as much as you can. Look for GMO-free foods as well.
You’ll want to also buy organic meat, fully pastured chicken and eggs, 100% grass-fed beef if you can. Not only will you be nourishing your body and baby, but you will be avoiding a chemical onslaught that has been linked to all sorts of disorders.
Not sure where to start? Check out my Beginner’s Guide to Clean Eating for a good basic foundation.
If you don’t think you can afford to eat healthy read my post, 12 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy on a Budget for more tips.
2. Stay away from toxic food containers and cookware
Now that you are eating nutritious organic food you’ll have to make sure your containers aren’t adding toxins to your meals. This means beware of plastic, Styrofoam, non-stick pans, and BPA lined cans. All of these food vessels can leech toxins into your food. Read my post, The Dangers of Plastic Food Containers for more.
As a general rule, use glass and stainless steel food and cook in stainless steel or cast iron. You can read more about detoxifying your kitchen in my post, 5 Kitchen Swaps to Keep Your Home Toxin-Free.
You can also find safe cookware in the kitchen section of the Filtered Living Shop.
3. Keep your beauty routine all natural
Did you know you can absorb toxins through your skin? Most people think the skin is some impermeable shield, it isn’t. That’s why some medications are sometimes given as patches or creams. The skin is like a sponge, so if you want as healthy a pregnancy as possible, you need to stop putting toxins on your skin.
Toss out your chemical laden creams, makeup, lotions, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, perfume, nail polish, hair dye, and deodorant. Throw it all out.
You can check the toxicity of your products here at the EWG Skin-Deep Database.
Here is a handy post I wrote on the dangers of Toxic Nail Polish as well as 5 Dangerous Chemicals in Your Beauty an Body Routine.
Read this post for a step-by-step set of swaps, 11 Natural Beauty and Body Swaps to Keep You Toxin-Free.
Before you panic keep in mind switching to all natural brands isn’t as difficult as it used to be, simply because there are so many great options. There is no good excuse to keep using chemical junk on your body.
As a bonus, I find my natural products work better than the old toxic ones. You can get natural product recommendations in the beauty section of the Filtered Living Shop.You can't expect to eat toxins and somehow grow a healthy vibrant baby.Click To Tweet
4. Use non-toxic cleaners in your home
This is another cheap and easy swap.
Stop breathing in all those toxic cancer promoting, hormone disrupting cleaners and go green.
Throw out all those harmful cleaners and hand sanitizers and start using natural cleaners.
There are so many great cleaning options these days, including glass cleaner, disinfectants, floor polish, dish soap, and anything else you can think of.
You can also DIY it and make your own, Live Simply has a TON of DIY recipes check them out here.
5. Buy non-toxic furniture, mattresses, and paint
Did you know that cheap pressed particle board furniture is often swimming in toxins including formaldehyde? These toxins are released into the air and can off-gas for quite a while.
If you can afford it, I suggest buying solid wood furniture that’s not treated with toxic paint or finishes.
If you are redoing your flooring you should also be aware that laminate type “wood” flooring is often treated with toxins as well. 60 Minutes actually ran a special report about toxic flooring coming out of China, you can read about it here.
Solid wood or tiles are often a safer choice.
Are you replacing your old carpet for that precious little bundle of joy? Stick to green options that offer fewer toxins and say no to toxic Scotch Guard.
You can read about the dangers of toxic carpeting here.
Also, if you are using those artificial room sprays/misters, please stop. These toxic air fresheners contain a TON of toxins including carcinogens and hormone disrupting chemicals, you can read more here.
Another concern is furniture that is loaded with flame retardants, a particularly dangerous cocktail of toxins that have been linked to many disorders and even cancer. This article by Doctor Mercola covers the issue in a lot of detail.
Flame retardants are usually found in couches and mattresses (and kids pajamas) so be careful when buying these items. Choose green alternatives if possible and buy an organic mattress for your child’s crib if you can.
Last thing, are going to paint your nursery? If you do, consider low VOC or no VOC paint so you don’t breathe in freshly painted toxins.
If you can’t take these steps, and these are indeed big ticket items, fill your home with air purifying plants and buy a high-quality air purifier to clean your air until you can green your home.
It’s not THAT hard to have a clean non-toxic pregnancy (or rather toxin reduced because we really can’t control everything).
Yes, it does take some effort and change is always difficult, but isn’t your child worth it?
If you tackle one step at a time, I think you’ll find it’s not that complicated.
Most of these fixes are not very expensive, and although others require more effort or expense all are worth it if you can manage it.
Remember this is about doing as much as you can. Each step makes a big difference and helps give your baby a better chance at a healthy life. It’s about finding that sweet spot for YOUR family and situation.
If you want more read my post, Toxic Baby Products: Are You Poisoning Your Newborn?
I also share all my best baby product recommendations in the baby section of the Filtered Living Shop.
How about you? What have you done to have a non-toxic pregnancy? What tips do you have for other moms? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time beautiful families!
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