Saturday, June 22, 2013

Guest Post: Living Organically Through Pregnancy

Already living the organic lifestyle? Kudos to you! You’ve already got the key to health - for you and your growing baby. For those that are just beginning to look into organic and natural options, let’s take a look at a few of the health benefits along with some of the ways you can bring organic into your life.

You are what you eat- especially if its food full of chemicals, preservatives and dyes. Unnatural chemicals aren’t broken down like real nutrients and get stored in the body. These chemicals can then go on to interfere with normal body functions. The body is complexly functioning system, but this is even truer for women who have an intricate network of hormones. When those hormones get out of whack, there can be some serious side effects (hello mood swings!)

Now add a growing baby into the mix and our body becomes even more incredible as it assembles the building blocks of a new life!

What’s For Dinner?
First of all, let’s take a look at food. Ideally, switching to an all-organic, all natural and locally grown diet is best. However, in the real world, this just isn’t practical or financially economical. Organic is more expensive than regular foods, which can be tough for a family on a budget. There are some foods that are more important to buy organic. Those are leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, strawberries- any fruit or vegetable that does not have a tough, think rind. If it’s a vegetable or fruit that gets peeled, then you can remove most of the chemicals that have been sprayed on.

Home Sweet Home
Moving on to around the house. As you go through the nesting phase of organizing, rearranging and preparing for baby, you will most likely want to get everything sparkling clean. While it may seem like a good idea to sanitize everything to the point of a surgical clean room, this is not necessary! Using harsh chemicals and subsequently breathing them in, isn’t good for you or your baby.

On a budget or going all-natural? Mix one part vinegar to three parts water for an all-purpose cleaner. Lemons or essential oils can be added to keep your house from smelling like a pickle. Baking soda and cornstarch also have their cleaning uses and recipes can be found all over the web- check Pinterest for more green cleaner mixes.

Oh, Baby!
Your baby has arrived! After giving your baby a head start with your natural lifestyle, keep it going for baby too. In the nursery, using as much organic material as possible will keep baby from absorbing chemicals through their soft skin. Think about which items they will be in contact with the most- linens, soaps, and wipes. Going organic for these products is a must.

As women, we have an obligation to do what’s best for our bodies and the bodies that grow inside of us. Being healthier and more organic increases a mother’s life giving essentials for her unborn baby.  As with anything throughout your pregnancy, make sure to ask your doctor before making any drastic changes.  I was fortunate to have a doctor who informed me about what my baby’s cord blood is to how to count the minutes between contractions!

For your health, the health of your baby and the health of our environment- get started down the path to a greener lifestyle!

Katie Moore has written and submitted this article. Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter, @moorekm26

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