When you're pregnant, one of the smartest things you can do is limit the toxins around you. Toxins pass from...
When you're pregnant, one of the smartest things you can do is limit the toxins around you. Toxins pass from you right to your baby, via the placenta and even your breast milk. Plus, if it's not safe for your baby, why would you use it? However, knowing what's toxic and what's not can be complicated. Luckily, you can easily learn to be a savvy toxin detective... AVOID TOXINS IN BODY CARE & BEAUTY PRODUCTS For products like lotion, shampoo, make-up and other body care and beauty products, head to Skin Deep. Enter the product name in the Skin Deep search form and the products toxic level will pop up. Not all products are in the database at Skin Deep so it's also smart to check out the EWG Shopper's Guide to Safe Cosmetics. Make sure you buy non-toxic bath and body products for your baby too. AVOID TOXINS IN CLEANING PRODUCTS Most cleaning products on the market are highly toxic and should be avoided. It's better to buy green, non-chemical cleaners or make some homemade cleaners. Avoid cleaners that contain ingredients you don't recognize or can't pronounce. Both Seventh Generation and Earth Friendly Products make healthy and safe cleaners to use during pregnancy or any other time. You can also learn to make some homemade cleaners. AVOID TOXINS AT HOME At home you should seek out hidden home problems. Many indoor pollutants exist that may affect your pregnancy, such as radon, carbon monoxide and mold. Also avoid toxic paints in the nursery. Learn more: Should you quit breastfeeding because of toxins in breast milk

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