I love the Healthy Child Healthy World organization and all of the amazing resources they offer to protect children’s health, from pregnancy and beyond. Their infographic about toxic beauty products to avoid, and their guide to safe gear for babies and kids are awesome for new parents and parents-to-be. Now they have a Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy giving a summary of how you can protect your baby’s health before they are born.
Environmental Defence put out a report awhile back about how babies are being born pre-polluted with toxins from their mothers. An EWG study found more than 200 pesticides, industrial chemicals and other potentially toxic substances present in the cord blood of newborn babies – including DDT and mercury compounds.
This just proves that protecting your child’s health from toxic exposures is something that begins even before they’re brought into the world.
Check out Healthy Child Healthy World and EWG’s Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy and get the tips you need to reduce chemical exposure for you and your baby from day one.
Some of the takeaways:
1. Choose organic. Check EWG’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists for produce to find out which contained the most pesticide residue, and shop smarter.
2. Drink lots of water – but be careful about the container it’s in. Glass and stainless steel bottles are the safest choices; my current favourite is the Lifefactory glass bottle with silicone sleeve. It is super sturdy and I’m not worried about it breaking at all.
4. Avoid toxic chemicals in personal care products (here’s my list of ingredients to avoid).
What are some of your favourite resources for protecting your children’s health?
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