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Safe for Pregnancy Beauty Products

As soon as I verified (and re-confirmed with several ClearBlue tests and a Ob/Gyn appointment) that I was pregnant, I became acutely aware that I needed to make a lifestyle shift. It’s not that I was so “unhealthy” before pregnancy, but I guess I never really paid much attention to the ingredients in the world around me. Suddenly, my favorite cold cuts (potentially) harbored listeria, runny eggs were a no-no, spicy tuna rolls were a mercury hazard, and many soft cheeses were deemed un-safe. My daily five cups of coffee was a real hazard.  Everything seemed toxic and slightly scary! Why hadn’t I ever really paid attention to the lurking bacteria before?

Changing my diet also extended to changing my beauty routine. Subscribed to Birchbox, a Sephora Beauty Insider, and a drugstore makeup addict, my options for slathering on lotions and glossing my lips seemed limitless. Yet, my night creme, filled with retinol was now potentially harmful to my unborn child. That hydrocortisone cream I used occasionally for seasonal eczema? Off-limits in high amounts. My favorite high-gloss topcoat for nails? Filled with formaldehyde! Because some topical ingredients get absorbed into the bloodstream, expectant moms needs to be cautious. This is especially true because we are not entirely sure what could affect a fetus. Studies are lacking, methodologies are weak, and pre-emptive testing on momma-and-child is often amoral. So, lots of conclusions are from after-the-fact reported issues. Pretty biased.

Deciding to not even engage in the “is it safe or not” game, I went almost entirely organic, vegan and herbal with my entire regiment! There are plenty of watchdog sites out there that help consumers to make informed decisions like Environmental Working Group (EWG), SafeCosmetics, Good Guide.

Here’s what worked for me:

Suggestions for organic, vegan, and nontoxic products safe for pregnancy including: Aesop, Motherlove, Karma Naturals, Essie, Nature's Gate, Yu-be, TaTa Harper, January Labs, and more. 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14

The_Walk_Up_Post_Meta_Tag-300x34P.S. I owe so much of my ability to unique during pregnancy to baths complete with epsom salts, oils and a soy candle.  However, stay AWAY from Sweet Basil essential oils. I had an extreme adverse reaction complete with bright red skin, rashes and burning! 

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I’m Pregnant

I am 20 weeks pregnant. That’s roughly halfway through my pregnancy. It’s officially been 17 weeks (but who’s counting?) since Mike and I were witness to one, two…seven positive pregnancy tests. Totally incredulous; I just kept peeing on sticks. Little life is about the size of a mango and weighing in at 10 ounces – or the heft of a Coke can. Between week zero and 20, there have been approximately 62 bags of Salt and Vinegar chips, 9 pints of chocolate sorbet, 4 gallons of lemonade, 6 boxes of Trader Joe’s “Gone Bananas!” Chocolate covered bananas, and countless worries.

Although we immediately told close family, and could rely on them for support, the time prior to the 12-week mark is completely nerve-wrecking. Every small hiccup, every bit of nauseousness, each stomach-grumbling, each muscle ache — all are cause for small panic attacks. Everything is new; and nothing feels normal! My body, although very much my own, and doing what it biologically knows to do, is also on auto-pilot. It’s in flight without input from a co-pilot and navigator. Cravings? They seem not my own. Brain? Fuzzy, not the one to which I’m used. Sleep habits? Those of a newborn kitten.

My mom, mother of three, and sister, mother of two, are like having a built in cabal of maternal wisdom and obstetrics knowledge. However, there are certain feelings you have that are so crazy, so strange, and so personal that sometimes it’s better to reach for a book. I learned that using Google as your midwife is unsafe.  There is so much misinformation regarding healthy habits, gestation, diet and childcare on the internet. Everyone has their on absurd theory on what is “safe” during pregnancy. Imagine weird tales of herbal teas and the dangers of tight pants. Somehow everyone, regardless of degree or experience, believes they are an expert.

Hearing about how much I was “over-googling,” my mom bought me What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The series is relatable and non-sensationalist. The book has now had a record-breaking 600+ weeks on New York Times Bestseller list. Meaning, at 40 weeks full gestation, the title itself could have had 15 children during that timeframe!

Baby Veisblatt Toledano Waves Hello

Baby Veisblatt Toledano Waves Hello with His/Her left hand!

My favorite part of the series is that, in general, I tend to always convince myself that my pains and pangs are abnormal. The books helped me to realize that during pregnancy, “normal” is a very large net. Furthermore, it’s been super fun following along week-by-week as to what’s happening inside all of that distant amniotic fluid. Some weeks the baby is practicing swallowing for the first time and in other weeks the eyelids are forming! I even remember consulting the book for advice on something as banal as “safe bath temperatures”.

In the coming weeks, be on the lookout for favorite nursery decor, photos of “the bump,” and my upcoming Babymoon to Portugal. Uh oh. Does this make me a mommy blogger? 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.