Written by Molli Carlson
As your baby bump grows, so will your awareness of what you put in, on, and around your body. What's safe for the planet is generally healthy for you and your growing baby.
Whether you're already following a “green routine” or are just getting started on your journey, the following tips should help plant the seeds for a healthier, eco-friendly pregnancy.
1. Follow a Healthy Pregnancy Diet
When you're pregnant, it's easy to feel discouraged by the foods you can't have. Instead, try to focus on the healthy foods for pregnancy that nourish and satisfy. Also avoid produce grown with artificial pesticides (which has been linked to birth defects).
Whether shopping at your local farmers' market or planting a small herb garden, eating a plethora of organic, in-season picks will leave you, your baby, and the planet healthier.
Plan Healthy Pregnancy Snacks and Meals in Advance
If you have downtime during your parental leave, try to prep baby food, meals, and satisfying snacks to freeze ahead. When the time comes, you'll be grateful for all those nourishing, home-cooked options.
2. Opt for Glass Food Storage
Whether storing excess dried goods or leftovers, glass food storage is a great alternative to plastic (it’s also highly-recyclable).
For decades, scientists have expressed concerns over the dangers of leaked chemicals from plastic, especially BPA (bisphenol A). Even low exposure has been linked to an increased risk of:
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If you do stick to plastic, choose sturdy, polypropylene products (e.g. PP, plastic #5) and “BPA-free” containers. Never microwave these plastics and recycle products that are warped or scratched.
3. Read Labels
There are a shocking amount of harsh chemicals used in cleaning and personal care products, like formaldehyde, formaldehyde releasers, triclosan, and glycol ethers.
Did you know that the FDA doesn’t require artificial fragrances to include precise ingredient lists? Your body spray, deodorant, or all-purpose cleaner might actually contain substances like carcinogenic aldehydes or phthalates (that have been linked to reproductive organ malformation in infants).
Stick to trustworthy brands that clearly state their ingredients – and the sources of those ingredients.
4. Research Nursery & Baby Products
Building a beautiful, eco-friendly nursery isn’t as intense as you might think. From infant-friendly wall paint to Greenguard-certified furniture to eco-friendly baby bottles, our baby arrival checklist lays out how to furnish your home with safe products.
5. Consider a Green Baby Registry
Planning a baby shower? Whether it's specifically stating a preference for eco-friendly baby products or registering on a site with green options (such as Target), it's a great way to give back to the planet and fill your home with products you trust.
Some registry sites – like SoKind – allow friends and family to donate alternative gifts like designated babysitting time.
6. Upgrade Your Bedding
You're sleeping for two now, so try to avoid synthetic, conventional, permanent-press materials, which are often created with formaldehyde and synthetic dyes. Even standard cotton materials should be purchased with caution, since cotton crops are heavily sprayed with pesticides.
Try to outfit your bed with certified organic materials.
Pro tip: When shopping for your baby’s bedding, avoid products that use flame retardants and pesticides. Instead, go with organic and/or natural materials.
7. Select Natural Personal Care Products
Pregnancy skincare can cause acne, facial skin pigmentation, stretch marks...It’s understandable that you want to treat burgeoning conditions quickly and efficiently. But one glance at conventional, drugstore skincare labels will have you looking up every unpronounceable ingredient.
Stick with natural and organic skincare products that are formulated by reputable brands. You shouldn’t have to take your phone out to determine whether ingredients are safe to use.
8. Choose a Natural Laundry Detergent
Remember the artificial fragrances outlined in #3? You’ll find these in most laundry detergents, too, and you breathe them in when they’re released through dryer vents.
It’s never too late to start laundering your clothes with a natural laundry detergent that’s formulated with plant-derived, biodegradable ingredients.
Whiten Clothes Without Using Bleach
While it’s important to keep whites bright, there are tons of natural bleach alternatives. Try pre-soaking with vinegar or hanging clothes out to dry. We recommend targeting stains with Puracy Natural Stain Remover. Loaded with six plant-based enzymes, our natural laundry product is guaranteed to safely remove any fabric stain.
9. Find Safe Cleaning Products for Pregnancy
We don’t have to tell you that household cleaners tend to be filled with harsh, toxic chemicals, from ammonia to sulfuric acid to VOCs (which can be released into the air even when they’re not being used).
From removing spit-up on rockers to messes on changing tables, Puracy cleaning products are biodegradable, effective, and never compromise the health of you and your family.
10. Don’t Forget to Pamper Yourself
Pregnancy is exhausting and you deserve some good, old-fashioned pampering. Whether you steep indulgent herbal tea, draw up a natural bubble bath, or get a prenatal massage, taking care of yourself is incredibly important.
Pro tip: Avoid lighting paraffin-scented candles (which can release carcinogens). Instead, use natural blends like soy or beeswax.
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Puracy is an Austin, Texas-based company that was founded to provide safe, natural products for every member of your family. Pregnancy should be as easy and relaxing as possible, so in the event that you don’t absolutely love your purchase, we’re happy to provide a complete refund. No questions, no hassles, no returns necessary.