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 fetus's temporary home, this includes creating a clean and green physical home and 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. Reading Healthy Child, Healthy World for more information and tips for creating a greener home and lifestyle is an excellent place to start.
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 daily. 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 challenging to analyze as many ingredients/chemicals are hidden 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 believe it is wise 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.