Green Pregnancy: A Global Shift

Pregnancy is a great time to establish green habits because it’s always easier to be healthier for someone else’s sake. Parenting store reports that 56 percent of moms say that pregnancy is what inspired their move to a greener lifestyle. Not only do they have more reason to leave the world a better place for their bambino, they also want to keep their loved one safe from unnecessary risks and pollutants. Choosing organic products and actively recycling are two of the most common solutions, but there are more simple steps that you can take to make junior’s world safer and a more eco-friendly place to grow.

Five things to do while you’re pregnant:

1. Cut the Chemicals Out of Your Diet
While you’re feasting on fresh fruits and veggies, make sure you’re not also overloading on pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals. By consistently choosing organic food, you keep your mealsóand junior’sóhealthy. If you eat meat, choose lean meat that is hormone and antibiotic free.

2. Filter Your Drinking Water
Filter your drinking water and drink from glass, not plastic, as much as possible. Don’t reuse plastic water bottles. When they degrade, either from heat or cold, they leach chemicals that you won’t get from drinking from a glass.

3. Use Caution With Beauty Products
When you’re pregnant, it’s best to avoid nail polish and nail polish remover, as well as, products with alphahydroxy. Choose make-up with more organic ingredients. Also, if you color your hair, a weave is a better choice as the color never touches your scalp. Always avoid hair colors with coal tar.

4. Choose Biodegradable Cleaning Products
Replace your non-organic products with ones that don’t contain bleach, ammonia and other harmful chemicals. By choosing biodegradable products that avoid these harsh chemicals you keep the indoor air quality of your home as clean as possible while waiting for baby’s arrival. Some eco-friendly brands are Method (available at Target) and Bene Life Green (available at

5. Take a Cleaner Shower
Your skin is porous. The same pores that emit sweat also absorb liquids that are on your skin. Most municipal water contains chlorine. In addition to drying your skin and hair, chlorine also vaporizes with hot water so it is inhaled into the lungs while you shower. By installing a filter in your shower head, you can keep the water that cleans you free of chlorine and other additives. Check out the Premium Shower Filter at The filter is easily installed and it costs $49.99. You can also purchase recyclable replacement cartridges for $24.99.

Also, if you have a shower curtain, replace it with one that is free of PVC. Ikea sells a great PVC free shower curtain.

For more information or to subscribe at the introductory price of $10 a year, go to . Positively Green magazine launches in 2008. This quarterly women’s magazine will cover every aspect of green from eco-friendly vacations to green fashion to green health. With articles that don’t just explain the problems, they outline solutions for busy people who want to make the change but don’t have the time to research solutions. †

By Kelly Magill, publisher, Positively Green


K s Goh
KS Goh6 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Marcia Machado
Marcia Machado6 years ago

Muito obrigada.

Chris Servell
Chris Servell7 years ago

Thanks Nanna for your tip!

Patricia B.
Patricia Bucio7 years ago

Buen artículo.

Nanna Brenda
Nanna Brenda9 years ago

What all products that are organic or regular for MSG and Aspartame. MSG is in food and soaps, lotions, watch these and get to know the hidden names for these. There is an aspartame group at yahoo that has list of this information. It can and will effect every child but to what degree is not always the same.

Another tip for pregancy take plenty of vitamin D and walk and walk and more Vitamin D. Walk through labor and do not let them make you lay down unless the doctor orders it, nurses tend to have you lay down and it slows things down and save the nurses work.

If you breast feed, when your milk comes it, it can be very painful, place fresh green cabage leaf in bra around breast and in moments the pain will leave. Put it to the test then spread the word. Medications take a little time but this is within 5 minutes and healthly.
Best Wishes