Just after my first trimester I panicked one morning when I realized I had been using whitening toothpaste for the past 12 weeks after my doctor had said “no teeth whitening during pregnancy”. It started me down this whole path to find pregnancy safe products, without breaking the bank.
The products I’ve shared here are what I’m using. Keep in mind, I’m not a doctor or nurse – I simply have a passion and desire for a healthy lifestyle and safe, non-toxic products for myself and for baby.
The absolute best purchase I made this pregnancy is “Mama Natural” – This book has all the answers natural mommas are looking for. It has a week-by-week format with a helpful index in the back. I can’t say enough great things about this book! You need it!Dr. Bonner’s Lavender Bar Soap
You know how you can walk into a Whole Foods or Sprouts and it just smells healthy? Well my bathroom smells like that thanks to Dr. Bonner’s Lavender Bar Soap. I had never used bar soap for my whole body in the past but I’m a big fan of this soap.
Health Facts: This soap is paraben-free, phthalate-free, butylparaben-free, formaldehyde-free, nonylphenol ethoxylate-free, propylparaben-free, sulfate-free, and vegan.
I use Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula on my arms, legs and back. I apply lotion daily and figured since it is likely everything on my body is stretching out it can’t hurt to apply stretch mark lotion everywhere, right?
I have to tell y’all this is my second attempt at belly butter. I initially bought Palmer’s Belly Butter; However, I ended up breaking out in hives and had to stop use. Palmer’s has great reviews and I love the lotion (posted above) – However the belly butter was not for me. Since switching to Burt’s Bees Belly Butter I have had no problems and haven’t noticed any stretch marks (yet). I learned from Mama Natural, it’s most important to address stretch marks where they start – Interally. One way to do so is by getting plenty of protein and gelatin in your diet. I take a couple scoops of Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to up my protein and collagen intake.
Health Facts: This belly butter is phthalate-free, Sulfate-free, butylparaben-free, formaldehyde donor-free, formaldehyde-free, nonylphenol ethoxylate free, propylparaben-free, paraben-free, and has no fragrance added.
This facewash is the bee’s knees! I was using Neutrogena before but was unaware of their naturals line. This face wash produces quite a bit of suds and smells great. I have not noticed any more breaking outs than usual since making the switch.
Health Facts: This face wash is dye-free, Sulfate-free, Dermatologist Tested, contains naturally derived ingredients, non-toxic, phthalate-free, paraben-free, fluoride-free.
I was pretty hesitant to switch deodorants but knew I needed an aluminum-free deodorant. Tom’s of Maine Deodorant has a different feel than my usual Secret Invisible Solid Deodorant but it gets the job done. There are days I have applied it twice but I haven’t received any funny looks since making the switch so it must work!
Health Facts: This deodorant is aluminum chlorohydrate-free, non-toxic, Kosher, Sulfate-free, artificial color-free, vegan, phthalate-free, contains lavender, formaldehyde donor-free, Halal certified, artificial fragrance-free, artificial preservative-free, formaldehyde-free, propylparaben-free, butylparaben-free, nonylphenol ethoxylate free.
This face moisturizer is amazing (especially during these winter months)! It’s so soothing, all-natural, and leaves my face feeling smooth and nourished.
I made the switch to Renpure Shampoo and Conditioner. They do not have the added fragrances like most shampoo / conditioner which some might consider a negative but I do like the way my hair styles and feels after each use.
Health Facts: Their products are phthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, free of dyes, and gluten.Colgate Cavity Protection
Lastly, I’ve switched to a non-whitening toothpaste. Teeth and gums are extra sensitive during pregnancy – I actually experienced gum irritation when trying another toothpaste and had to try something else. Colgate Cavity Protection serves its purpose and doesn’t contain the harsh whitening and bleaching chemicals.
Here’s the final round-up! Take it for what it’s worth!
I hope natural mamas can benefit from this post! The moral of the the story – Read the labels! Parabens, sodium lauryl/ laureth sulfate, and phthalates are in so many of the we products we use everyday. Its next to impossible to avoid these chemicals completely but trying to avoid ingredients containing the word “phthalate” or “laureth” in the name is a step in the right direction.
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