By Amanda Hammond, IMI/IABPP Graduate and blog contributor
Women love summer. No secrets there. We get our sandals out and start baring more skin. Our hair glistens in the sun. The warmth is contagious and the sunlight…nourishing.
Pregnant women have often been known to do the same things as their non-pregnant peers during these hot months: going to the salon for pedicures and a great new cut, bleaching body hair, gobbing on deodorant for those sweaty 90 degree days. In fact, I’d venture to say that pregnant women might even be more prone to indulging in anything to help them feel sexy as their shape changes and changes some more.
Salons, unless they are low in aerosol and dye fumes and using very natural/ organic products, are not the ideal place for a pregnant goddess to be spending her time. Between the hairspray, dye and nail product fumes it’s a bit of a danger zone.
Even if you are dying your own hair, spraying it to fend off those humidity curls or having your honey paint your tootsies for you, there are still some products that are good to avoid.
Some ways to stay lovely without exposing yourself and baby to dangerous chemicals are as follows:
1. Spend time in the sun with natural sunscreen like Badger All Natural Sunscreen, SPF 30. The sun will perform a few services for you free of charge.
- Provide you with a lovely dose of vitamin D which lifts mood, renews energy and helps strengthen your bones.
- Give your hair some great highlights minus the chemicals.
- Give your skin a bronze glow
2. Purchase safe piggy polish and remover. Check out EWG’s Skin Deep cosmetic database and select products lower than a three in toxicity rating. Nail products are some of the worst to inhale. There is a reason those polish remover fumes are so prominent. Some healthy examples are:
- Aquarella nail polish
- Keeki Pure and Simple, LLC Non-Toxic, Gluten Free, Water-based Nail Polish
- Cutex Manicure Correction Nail Polish Remover Pen, Non-Acetone
- Honeybee Gardens Nail Polish Remover
3. Swim in saline pools or natural safe water sources. Chlorine is an eye, lung and skin irritant and contains byproducts called dioxins that, if taken into the body, are thought to be cancerous.
4. Wear natural deodorant. Between the aluminum in commercial antiperspirants, petrochemicals, and the artificial fragrances added to give that fresh smell, mainstream deodorants like Dove, Degree and Secret are less than ideal for the growing life inside you. Aluminum is a heavy metal which is toxic to developing brains. Artificial fragrances often contain phthalates which are known to disrupt hormones. So, instead, opt for pure brands like Lafe’s Organic Baby Mother to Be Deodorant Spray or try a deodorant stone.
5. And of course, stay cool by drinking hydrating, safe beverages – most importantly water, but coconut water is a wonderful choice as well and has the potential to alleviate gastro-intestinal discomfort while providing a healthy dose of electrolytes.
Now that you know how to do a safe pregnant summer, go rock that beautiful bump at the beach! Embrace your curves and know that no matter how awkward you may feel sometimes, it is incredibly beautiful to be growing a life!
Amanda is a graduate of the IABPP Baby Planner Certification program via the IMI and he owner of Ready or Not – A Baby Planning Service. She is in love with her toddler and her husband and derives much of her writing inspiration from her family experiences. Being a mother of a formerly fussy baby, Amanda is very excited to share her story and contribute the Fussy Baby Site’s blog. To learn more about Amanda and what she does to help pregnant and new parents, please check out her website at www.readyornotbabyplanning.com.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the International Maternity Institute.