Ensuring that our children grow up in a healthy environment is an important part of being a parent, but this responsibility actually begins nine months before the birth. From the moment of conception, the developing fetus is growing at an astounding pace, taking nourishment from the mother’s body. Therefore, any action the mother can take to ensure that her environment is as healthy and free of toxins as possible will be a benefit to both her own health and that of her unborn child. If you are expecting a child or hope to in the future, these tips from Mopfrog of The Hamptons will help both you and your baby get off to a great start.
What Goes On, Goes In
Pregnancy is a time when many women experience skin problems, such as acne, stretch marks or unusually oily or dry skin. Unfortunately, this is not the time to experiment with many of the creams and potions available at the drugstore, especially any that contains chemical ingredients. Applying any of these chemicals to the skin allows the body to absorb them and makes them available to the baby through the blood stream.
To avoid this possibility, opt for more natural, yet very effective options for skin care during pregnancy by:
- Opting for food-grade moisturizers such as organic coconut, almond or grape seed oil or cocoa butter.
- Opting to treat acne pimples and breakouts with a weekly mask made from baking soda and water.
- Opting to tone and refresh oily skin by applying apple cider vinegar or green tea to oil areas.
- Opting to wash skin with naturally gentle castile soap instead of facial cleansers with ingredients such as Diethanolamine (DEA).
What Comes Into Contact, Goes In
Just as chemicals in skin care products can be unhealthy for the developing fetus, so can other chemicals commonly found in the home, in the clothes you wear and even on the surfaces you touch.
Pregnancy is a great time to incorporate all natural, organic cotton fabrics into your clothing and bedding. In addition, opt for healthier alternatives for laundry detergents and cleaning products so that the surfaces you intend to clean do not expose you or your unborn child to possible toxins. Remember that your medical care provider can also help to answer any questions you may have about toxins in your environment and offer suggestions on effective substitutions that will enhance the health of your entire family.