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Going Natural: 10 All-Natural Bath & Beauty Products for Expecting Moms

Natural is best for both moms and babies!

One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was totally overhaul my bathroom.  There is so much to consider when having a baby, and while no one can possibly be perfect, there are some relatively easy swaps that can be made to best ensure the health of both moms-to-be and babies on the way!

Cleaners and beauty products are made with so many harsh chemicals these days, and the long-term effects of many of them are still very much unknown.  Wherever possible, I’m making swaps to chemical-free and all-natural products to ensure that we are living as clean as possible (no pun intended).

The natural products are typically only $1-2 more, which is a small price to pay for the long-term effects of going more natural.  Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods are two of my favorite sources for natural bath and beauty products, but as the demand is increasing, many big box stores like Kroger and Target are starting to carry these brands as well.

There are many great, reputable brands and options available, and I think all women (not just expecting!) can benefit from switching to a less-chemical dependent beauty routine.

Here are my ten favorite products for getting started…

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  • Natural Shampoos 1 of 10
    Natural Shampoos
    I like to have variety in what I use every day, so I alternate between the Trader Joe's Tea Tree collection and the Shea Butter shampoo and conditioner. Both leave my hair feeling clean and natural, and not weighed down.
  • Bodywash and Soaps 2 of 10
    Bodywash and Soaps
    Dr. Bronner's is one of my favorite brands, and I use his soaps for a lot more than just bodywash (cleaners, laundry detergent, etc.). I'm planning to buy a big bottle of his baby soap for our impending arrival!
  • Makeup Remover 3 of 10
    Makeup Remover
    Makeup removers are some of the most harsh facial products on the market. Think about how badly some of them smell and sting - can that possibly be good for your face? These Say Yes to Cucumbers wipes are all natural and smell like the spa.
  • Natural Toothpaste 4 of 10
    Natural Toothpaste
    I get mine at Trader Joe's, but Tom's is another very popular baking-soda based brand. These natural toothpastes contain no triclosan (which is thought to have harmful long-term effects), no saccharin, no artificial preservatives, and no animal ingredients.
  • Aluminum-Free Deodorant 5 of 10
    Aluminum-Free Deodorant
    There is a lot of talk about natural deodorants these days, as more and more research is showing potentially dangerous effects of triclosan and aluminum in our products. Using aluminum-free deodorant is really important to me, since I don't want any harsh chemicals seeping into my skin. As with any transition, there is a short adjustment period when using these, and you might feel a little sweatier than normal at first. Once the aluminum is out of your system, these deodorants work just as well as their chemical counterparts, without any of the dangers or worries.
  • Tea Tree Oil Face Wash 6 of 10
    Tea Tree Oil Face Wash
    I love this Tea Tree Face Wash from Trader Joe's because it is so light and makes my skin feel soft. It is made of all-natural plant ingredient and oils only, and contains no salicylic acid - another ingredient pregnant women should watch out for (studies have shown a potentially harmful effect on babies.)
  • Retinoid-free Face Lotion 7 of 10
    Retinoid-free Face Lotion
    Retinoids are a type of Vitamin A that are commonly added to facial creams and moisturizers because they are thought to have anti-aging properties. But for expecting moms, this ingredient is particularly dangerous, as high levels have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects.
  • Plant-Based Lotions 8 of 10
    Plant-Based Lotions
    These natural lotions are not only all-natural, but because of all the plant oils and ingredients, they also smell amazing! The Alba after-sun lotion is something I plan to use all year long, to remind me of how good the beach smells when it's cold and dark in January.
  • Paraben-Free Hair Products 9 of 10
    Paraben-Free Hair Products
    As soon as I found out I was pregnant I switched over to a non-aerosol and chemical-free hairspray, because it's something I use quite a lot! With the cloud of hairspray taking over our bathroom each morning, I had a feeling all those chemicals I was inhaling couldn't possibly be good for me. I also use Dr. Bronner's hair cream, which is entirely oil based and makes my hair feel silky after it's styled.
  • Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreens 10 of 10
    Pregnancy-Safe Sunscreens
    I've written about this a bit before, but finding natural retinoid-free sunscreens was really important to me for our summer vacations and time spent in the sun. I'm pretty vigilant about sunscreen application at the beach, and anything I'm putting on my skin in large doses should be as natural as possible.

P.S. – Don’t forget, you still have two more days to enter the giveaway for maternity fitness pants and a tank top!

 

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