Mamas we all want a happy and healthy baby right? Protecting our new humans to make sure they stay safe starts while they are still in the womb; using organic, non toxic beauty products is one way we can do this!
Recent tests carried out by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) on newborn babies showed 287 different chemicals and pollutants in their umbilical cord blood, an average of 200 per baby! After the cords were cut pesticides, beauty product ingredients and toxic waste from gas and refuse were found.
Many of the chemicals found are endocrine disrupting chemicals that interfere with our body’s natural hormonal balance. Hormones have a huge effect on so many biological processes, including organ development and function, mood, fertility and reproduction. So exposure to these chemicals can put your baby at risk of birth defects and are also connected to cancer.
I am not trying to scare monger, but this shows us why being mindful of what we put on/in our bodies is super important as the harmful ingredients being applied onto our skin are absorbing through the umbilical cord to the baby. We want to avoid any potential harm to ourselves and our babies at a critical time of development!
Ingredients look out for and avoid:
- Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS): a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in shampoos, toothpastes, cosmetics and industrial cleaners.
- Fragrance: Often contains dozens, even hundreds of synthetic compounds — used in shampoos, deodorants and other personal care.
- Polyethylene glycols (PEGS): emollient and emulsifier used in skin care products.
Luckily, there are plenty of amazing clean, pregnancy friendly products out there, which lack the nasties regular on the shelf beauty products contain:
Other steps you can take to reduce your and your baby’s toxin exposure are:
- Eat fresh, whole, unprocessed foods
- Buy grass-fed meats and dairy products from pasture-raised animals
- Filter your tap water
- Avoid wearing synthetic fragrance or using products with artificial fragrance
- Avoid or reduce your exposure to cigarette smoke
- Choose or make your own non-toxic household cleaners
If you have any questions or would like some more recommendations leave a comment or send me a message!