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green enjoy a pregnancy Many mothers-to-be would like to adopt a greener


lifestyle so their child will be born into a more environmentally-friendly world. However, going green doesn’t have to begin after the baby is born; making some changes beforehand will benefit you and baby.


1. Start a garden. It’s important to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables during pregnancy. What better place to find those important foods than right in your own backyard? Use all-natural fertilizers and pesticides on your garden to ensure eco-friendly, organic food. If you don’t have the space for a garden, shop organic at a local farmer’s market.


2. Do some spring cleaning. Go through your cabinets and properly discard any harsh cleaning chemical products. Replace them with natural, biodegradable cleaning products.


3. Bring more plants into the home. The EPA says indoor air is often more polluted than outdoor air. Plants help promote cleaner indoor air by filtering toxins and purifying your home.


4. Investigate cloth diapers and a cleaning service. Cloth diapers that are reused present less of an environmental impact than disposable diapers, say experts. Proponents also say they help children eventually learn to potty train faster because they do not hide the sensation of wetness or soiling as disposable diapers can. Cleaning services can pick up and deliver cloth diapers right to the home.


5. Install a water purifier. Reduce the number of disposable plastic water bottles that need to be recycled or end up in landfills by drinking more tap water. Ensure that the tap water is clean to your standards by installing a water purifier at home.


6. Choose organic cotton for baby. When you shop for baby clothes and bedding, go with all-natural organic cotton, which will limit the amount of chemicals and pesticides with which your baby will come in contact.


7. Seek out slightly-used baby gear. Just don’t use cribs or other equipment that is several years old, as the safety requirements for these pieces may have changed over the years. You may be surprised to find how many moms are eager to rid their homes of baby gear that is now collecting dust since their infants have grown.


8. Shop secondhand maternity wear. If you don’t plan on having more children, there’s no point in spending


a fortune on maternity clothing you’ll only wear once. Online swap sites, garage sales, and friends may be able to provide all the clothes you need to make it through the season. Remember to donate the maternity clothes after you’re done with them.


9. Use no-VOC paint in the nursery. Many paint manufacturers now offer no-VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint, which doesn’t release toxins and fumes into the air.


10. Invest in a quality stroller and baby carrier. Walking is great exercise to get you back to your pre-baby weight and also is more eco-friendly than taking the car from here to there. Fresh air can also calm a fussy baby.


11. If possible, breastfeed. Breastfeeding reduces the dependence upon baby formula and the excess packaging that goes with it. It’s also supposed to stimulate weight loss in new mothers and tightening of the uterus. There’s also the nutritional value and immune boosting power for your baby.


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