Pregnant and healthy? Well, you ought to be preparing for the arrival of that tiny bundle of joy and responsibility people call a baby. The first step, of course, is to develop a safe environment for them that’s free of harmful substances and promotes overall good health – everything else will follow from that. Here are a few tips that expecting women can use for that matter.
Eat well while you are bearing your child.
Mothers, when you are pregnant or nursing a child, keep in mind that whatever it is that you eat the same thing that your baby is going to get as well. A healthy diet is thus important in this regard. Be sure to reduce foods that exposed to pesticides and other contaminants. Avoid foods that contain harmful additives and antibiotics, going only for home-cooked meals using organic ingredients.
Fish and shellfish are also great additions to your diet due to their Omega-3 content, but be sure to get only the types that contain low enough mercury that your system can quickly neutralize or flush out. You should also take into account the iodine content, making sure that the fish you choose has high amounts of it. To make it easier for you, you can refer to two helpful guides from the Environmental Working Group (EWG): EWG’s Consumer’s Guide to Seafood and EWG’s Food Scores.
Prepare a nursery that’s free of harmful substances.
You will, of course, need to set up a nursery for your child’s comfort and your convenience, and you should go for non-toxic materials for this matter. Solid wood is an excellent choice, and it makes for a superior alternative to the likes of chipboards, particle boards, plywood, and pressboards – materials that are known to contain adhesive substances that emit the toxic substance formaldehyde. Keep your children away from items that are made with fire retardants as well.
Filter your water.
Whether or not you believe fluoride in the water is harmful, it still bests that you filter the potable water that comes out of your faucets. If you find installing a filter or a full-fledged filtration system in your home a little too costly, you can find a good alternative in filter pitchers. If you’re going anywhere away from home, be sure to take your filtered water to go into a clean container. To find the best screen to suit your needs, you can check EWG’s Water Filter Buying Guide.
Use safe cleaning products.
EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning can provide you with a comprehensive list of cleaning products and their ingredients. Make sure that the label has a Green Seal or an EcoLogo certification to verify the label’s safety claim. If you find good old skull-and-crossbones or any poison or hazard warnings, leave that product on the shelf and move on. Better yet, you can formulate your cleaning liquids with common household ingredients like baking soda, lemon juice, and water.
Be natural, appearance-wise.
Avoid using cosmetic products, as most of those have chemicals that are toxic to your baby. If it can’t be helped, you should consult EWG’s Skin Deep for the best options. Salon visits are also a no-no.
Take steps to reduce air pollution inside the house.
Various appliances, furniture, and even simple cookware can release airborne pollutants in your home. The regular unavoidable occurrence, but you can minimize this by opening doors and windows often, turning the stove fan on while cooking, having potted plants nearby, and using cookware made without toxic substances.
If you are looking to use plastic items, be sure to pick the safe ones.
Plastics are very convenient and extremely familiar, the usage of which is almost unavoidable. They can also be harmful to your baby, but if you can’t help but use them, here are some safety tips:
- Do not microwave food in plastic containers.
- Avoid canned foods, as most cans lined with an epoxy lacquer containing the synthetic estrogen bisphenol A.
- Never drink from a plastic glass.
For post-partum care, be sure to choose non-toxic pads.
You should use safe menstrual pads. Make sure your lady pads made from unbleached organic cotton, without any fragrance or dye. To ease post-partum discomfort, freezing the pads help.
Keep a good stock of safe diapers inside your home.
Now, what do we mean when we say “safe” diapers? For starters, you can use diapers made with natural fiber cloth to reduce waste. For disposable diapers, the wisest choice is those made from unbleached, plant-based, renewable materials, without dye or fragrance.
Be serious about your post-birth recovery.
The most important thing is to prepare for the emotional and physical recovery that you will have to undergo right after giving birth. Give yourself some time to relieve stress and practice activities that promote healing. Most of all, do not be ashamed to get support from your family and friends.