Something you probably don't have on your pregnancy radar is creating a healthy environment for your growing fetus and yourself. In addition to taking care of your body, your fetuses temporary home, this includes creating a clean and green actual home, as well as a close look at your personal care products. While this process can feel overwhelming, if you make small changes and do a few at a time you'll have a healthier home before you know it, which is good for you and your baby. A good place to start is by reading Healthy Child, Healthy World for more information and tips for creating a greener home and lifestyle.
Part of this equation includes endocrine disrupters, chemical-laden cleaning products, plastics, sulfates, nitrates/nitrites, and parabens, so you'll want to take a close look at the products you use on a daily basis. Choosing "green" products or making your own is a good start, but you'll need to read labels carefully to avoid greenwashing that claims a product is more green than it actually is.
Personal care products are particularly difficult to analyze as many ingredients/chemicals are hidden in them under the label of "fragrance". We think it is best to be informed about what you put on your largest organ (your skin), and we think it is smart to limit the chemicals you use on yourself and your growing baby. You can research many popular products to determine how healthy or unhealthy they may be on the Skin Deep website.For more information on creating a green home that includes suggestions for green products see the article listed below: