7 ways to go green before you get pregnant

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If there's ever a better time to go green than when you're pregnant, it's when you're trying to get pregnant. Here are 7 ways to get started going green to make your baby's first environment (your body!) as safe as possible. Test your home for toxins. If your house is harboring lead paint, … [Read more...]

Should you Ban your Teflon Pan?

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We love our Teflon coated pans for their nonstick convenience. The problem is their coated with PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) which in older pans can disintegrate into your food or gas off into the air around you. The manufacturers have created newer coated cookware made with more durable PTFE, but … [Read more...]

Eco Savvy Sun Protection

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When you're pregnant, your sunscreen doesn't just have to protect your skin from UV rays, it should be free of toxic chemicals that can affect your growing fetus. Do you know which ones are double safe? A study of about 1,000 brand-name sunscreen products discovered that 4 out of 5 contain toxic … [Read more...]

What’s in your Tap Water?

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Obstetricians consistently stress the importance of drinking fluids during pregnancy. But concerns about lead, mercury and other potential contaminants lurking in your water may have you thinking twice before reaching for the tap. Of particular concern is lead, which can cause premature birth, … [Read more...]

The natural nursery

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While launching a remodeling project before your baby's arrival may seem like a good idea, it requires a lot of different building materials--glues, paints and chemical solvents. "Suddenly your house turns into a construction site with contamination levels that can be problematic," says Ted … [Read more...]

Did we get the lead out of lipstick?

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So now that you're pregnant and steering clear of environmental dangers, you may be wondering what the buzz was all about a few years ago about lead in lipstick. And did they fix the problem and get the lead out of lipstick once and for all? Yes, it's true, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found lead … [Read more...]

Take a primer on paint

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Does it matter which paint you use when you're pregnant? The truth is you shouldn't be painting at all. But even if you have someone else do the painting, the less toxic the product is, the better. "Oil-based paints pose a theoretical risk of exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) while … [Read more...]

The Dirt on Cleaners

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Should you use green cleaners when you're pregnant? We know it's the chemicals in cleaners that really get the job done. But when you're pregnant, it's even more important to know what to avoid. The problem is cleaning products don't have to be tested, there are no federal requirements, so … [Read more...]