Greening up your pregnancy

Today, I welcome guest blogger Christina Lopez to Life’s a Stage, who will teach us a little bit about greening up pregnancy.

 

In general, most pregnant women are inclined to make themselves more aware of what they are putting into and on their bodies. This period is time to evaluate what is important for both the baby and you. Most women are choosing to live a green lifestyle; opting to make their home and world a better place for a child. By following these simple tips you can color your world green during pregnancy and keep both you and your baby in tip-top shape.

For Everybody

By eating organic produce, dairy and meat products will help reduce pesticide levels in your blood stream. And when available, choose hormone-free and humanely treated meat products.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has compiled a list of fruits and vegetables that tend to be loaded with pesticides. Try and avoid the following:

  1. 1. Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  2. 2. Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  3. 3. Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  4. 4. Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  5. 5. Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  6. 6. Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  7. 7. Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  8. 8. Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  9. 9. Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  10. 10. Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
  11. 11. Red Raspberries– 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.

Keep on the lookout for food that contains chemical additives. Do your best to purge yourself of artificial sweeteners or any other ingredients you can’t pronounce or find in nature.

Keeping in mind any personal care product you use will be taken in by you and your baby, pick organic or eco-friendly beauty products made by companies who specialize in these manufactured goods. When you are not able to get chemical-free products, think about using less of these types of products in your beauty routine.

Home is where the Heart is

Turn your home green…literally. By introducing plants into your home you help to improve the overall air quality inside your space. Plants have the ability to provide fresh oxygen, while removing toxins from the air; you may want to consider English ivy or spider plants.

Evaluate the cleaning products you have in your home. Some of them may contain harmful chemical products or ingredients not suitable for children. Try cleaning your house with the basics, baking soda and vinegar rather than chemically charged products. Try looking online for alternatives in treating wood, tile and glass; this can save you money and chemical emissions.

When getting a baby room ready, think about what kind of paint you are using. Make sure that you purchase no-odor or low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint for your nursery, and other parts of your home you may be painting. You can also opt for paints that are water-based, milk-based and natural clay-based.

Invest in a water filter, purifies or distiller for your home. Test the tap water to make sure it is at safe minimums of bacteria, nitrate and lead. By drink tap water instead of bottled water, you save money and landfills insuring a better world for your child’s future.

Baby Steps

What says motherhood more than a baby shower? Request a green party, asking guests to bring for hand-me-down and recycled gifts rather than new ones. Make sure to specify the want for organic and eco-friendly bedding, clothing and nursery furniture on your gift registry.

Diapers are quickly filling up landfills all over the world. Consider using cloth diapers, a great alternative to the expensive ones your baby is likely to grow out of in a matter of weeks. The sheer volume of diapers that parents go through a week is overwhelming. So keep your wallet and Mother Nature happy through the use of these cloth diapers.

 

Bio: Christina Lopez is a freelance fashion writer and pop culture junkie. Christina specializes in all things lifestyle-related. From home and design to health and beauty. With her love of art and all things beautiful, she delights in sharing her sense of style from her life to your computer monitor. Her title pegs her as an editor at a website that specializes in providing people with car insurance quotes, but her passion leads her into writing with a little more substance and a lot more heart.

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2 Comments to “Greening up your pregnancy”

  1. If only these things were most cost-effective, especially in city communities. I fear in many cases people don’t consume them, not out of ignorance or disdain for hippie food, but because of limited budgets.

    • You’re right – I know, it’s not very cost-effective here either. But I think it’s worth to try and aim as high as one can, and reach the goal at least partially.

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