I’d like to welcome Katie Moore from Moore From Katie as our guest blogger today.
Katie is an active blogger who discusses the topics of, motherhood, children, fitness, health and all other things Mommy. She enjoys writing, blogging, and meeting new people! To connect with Katie contact her via her blog or her twitter,@moorekm26.
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I had always said I that I wanted to live a healthier life, but I didn’t really kick start my plans until I became pregnant. I was incredibly happy about this life I was bringing into the world, and I wanted her to have the best beginning possible. This meant changing some of my habits and choices while she grew strong inside me. I started to research and educate myself about my diet and the products I used so that I could bring a healthy, happy baby into the world.
Eating cleanly starts with a balanced diet of the freshest foods possible. This is even more important during pregnancy, particularly because there are some foods that I needed to avoid during this time. I first learned about what I needed to take out of my diet, even temporarily, and then about what was the best way to eat to help my baby grow strong and healthy.
During pregnancy, I stayed clear of sushi and raw seafood, such as oysters, unpasteurized soft cheeses like Brie, and any uncooked or under-cooked meat or meat products. I also limited my fish intake, particularly those fish that contained high levels of mercury. I said “goodbye” to my coffee and started drinking lots of tea. I started to feel healthier and even more energetic.
Many of the products we use often can have toxic ingredients that we are unaware are part of the formula. Pregnancy taught me to ALWAYS read labels on my personal care products just like I had been doing for my food. I learned about non-toxic skin care and the ingredients I needed to avoid, not just during pregnancy, but permanently. Nail polish, hair dye and hair spray were all out. I ended up finding a number of organic beauty products that were wonderful!
After my research I found that many of the cleaning products I had been using for years had harsh chemicals. These chemicals weren’t healthy for me to breathe during my pregnancy, so I made my own! I mixed white vinegar and water to wash the windows, baking soda and water for tougher surfaces and tried cleaning with water-based solutions.
With anything throughout pregnancy, make sure to consult with your doctor before making any drastic changes. I was able to consult and trust my doctor with everything, from delivery options to what cord blood banking is, and more. Living naturally and being prepared makes for a healthy and happy pregnancy!