You do not need to use non-stick cookware. I have not owned a single non-stick pot or pan in thirteen years, when I decided to avoid non-stick coating at all costs. Why? Because it is full of pretty nasty stuff. Toxic chemicals in non-stick coatings have been linked to cancer, birth defects and more. Read more for ways that I avoid non-stick coatings and for a shopping guide to safer bakeware and cookware options.
When I was pregnant and shopping for baby gear, I gave the most attention to where my babies would sleep. After all, babies spend more time asleep than awake. Safety was my primary consideration – not just whether they would be physically safe and not roll out of bed or get their head stuck between the crib bars, but also whether they would safe from harmful toxins. Children develop at a rapid pace and their bodies are not always efficient at resisting or excreting contaminants. In other words, all of those toxins in the environment have a big impact on your growing child. So, I chose bedding and mattresses constructed from organic, all-natural materials.
Pregnant bellies are beautiful, glowing signs of new life. They are also itchy, tight and susceptible to stretch marks and saggy skin post-childbirth. The use of pregnant belly balms, oils and creams can help keep your skin supple and hydrated. While they won’t stop stretch marks completely, these products can help with the itchiness and tightness. Below is a list of belly balms and creams that are made with natural and organic ingredients. And they are formulated specifically for pregnant women.
Sleeping on your side (SOS) is the best sleep position for pregnant women – especially your left side. The use of a pregnancy or body pillow helps to make this position more comfortable. I have compiled a list of some great options for pregnancy pillows. And because you should try to avoid synthetic materials and… Read More
Whether you suffer from a touch of “morning” sickness or you can’t hold anything down at all, you are probably desperate for some relief. Around 80% of pregnant women experience some sort of morning sickness. I was one of the unlucky few that was hit hard with severe morning sickness (also known as hyperemesis gravidarum).… Read More
The vagina (or hoo-ha as my two-year-old calls it) is not a part of the body that should be ignored. In my opinion, if you are going to use a natural product anywhere in or on your body, that should be priority number one. Menstrual cups are absolutely amazing (read more here about why you… Read More
If you have a baby and like to go to the pool, you are probably spending a fortune on swim diapers. Even if your baby doesn’t soil them, they are worthless once they get wet. And throwing diapers away isn’t the most eco-friendly choice. Not to mention, those disposable diapers are full of nasty chemicals such as… Read More
Natural lubricants aren’t exactly the first thing people start shopping for when they begin purging toxins from their personal care products. But they should not be overlooked – especially if a couple is trying to conceive. For more information, check out my post about the importance of using non-toxic lubrication and this post about choosing the… Read More