Tall Mom tiny baby: Choosing More Natural Green Products For My Family And My Pregnancy

Choosing More Natural Green Products For My Family And My Pregnancy

Monday, April 6, 2015

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It's weird, but being pregnant has made me think a great deal more about things that I put on, as well as inside, of my body. I've come to realize that what I eat, or use, doesn't just affect me, but also the tiny baby who is growing inside of my belly.  Sounds stupid of me to just recognize this fact now - but, heck, I'm pregnant, I do what I want :)

I was amazingly healthy when I was pregnant the first time. I ate well, exercised daily, and was the ideal pregnant woman. I read the books, took my daily vitamins, and prepped for my birth and baby.
This particular pregnancy has been very different. I've battled extreme morning sickness, have been a hermit and gained a little more weight than I would have liked to because of this super snowy winter (also by being super lazy but we'll keep that secret between us!) 
I have recently been plagued with a terrible virus and severe sinus infection that is taking well over a week to get over. 

This pregnancy has been hard.  Really hard - both physically and emotionally. 

But one way I have kept up with my goals has been to use more natural health and beauty products. 
Baby steps, sure, but these little steps have helped me reduce the chemicals in not only my life, but also the rest of my family's.
    One change I've made is to use Tom's of Maine deodorant. My favorite is currently the Unisex Long Lasting Apricot. I've read various articles about how chemically laden deodorants can do bad things, and possibly lead to breast cancer. I already have a family history with breast cancer, and am also planning on breastfeeding this new baby, so the more natural I can make my deodorant the better.

    Another item I've begun using has been Tom's of Maine's Whole Care® Peppermint and Spearmint Fluoride Toothpaste. Dental health during pregnancy is super important. All of the hormones can do wacky things to a pregnant Momma's gums. I found out that my gums were acting up at a recent dentist visit, and they recommended that I amp up my toothbrushing regime. 


    I purchased a fancy electronic toothbrush that specializes in gum care, and picked the whole care toothpaste because it seemed to be exactly what I needed in addition to being safe for me and my baby.

    I've swapped out a bunch of my usual hair care products and have greatly lessened my trips to the salon to cover my grey hairs. I haven't quite found a more natural product that covers my stubborn silver strands as well as I'd like, but I have hopes that I will either go grey quickly and be a silver fox, or a more natural product will come along that rocks. Until then, I'll still see my hair stylist occasionally.

    Little lifestyle changes like these make a big difference in my life, and I've been able to slowly help my family be introduced to more green products over time. Tall Dad's toothpaste ran out, and he's loves Whittington toothpastes, so I picked him up the Antiplaque & Whitening Peppermint Fluoride Free Toothpaste, and I got my two year old son the Tom's of Maine Silly Strawberry™ Fluoride Toothpaste. 
    Neither of them had to go out of their way to do anything differently in their routines, I just switched out their toothpastes, and now I can be happy that better products are being used on their bodies. 

    I really like Tom's of Maine products because they are made with no artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, or preservatives. 

    Our family isn't "crunchy" by any means, as much as I'd like to be. Growing up, my family always recycled, had a compost bin, and grew a great deal of our own food. When I met my husband I was shocked to realize that he never once learned how to recycle, nor had he eaten a strawberry unless it had been in a milkshake. 
    Being green is something I want to help teach my family, even through small changes like toothpaste choices. I want my kids to grow up exploring the outdoors, enjoying the sunshine rather than screen time. I love how interested my son is in the animals that play in our backyard, and how much he smiles just breathing in the fresh air.

    As he grows up, I hope to do fun activities with him around Earth Day, and even teach him that Earth Day can be every day!

    This is how my family makes natural choices. What does your family do to celebrate Earth Day?







    I picked up all of my Tom's of Main products at my local Walmart. You can too!  Click here to get $1.00 off any Tom's of Maine product purchase at Walmart. 



    19 comments:

    1. Honestly we don't do much to be green or natural in our house. I probably should, but I find those products to be much more expensive.

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    2. I love Tom's Apricot deodorant, and it works surprisingly well. It's always great whenever you can find more natural products to replace one's you currently use, that work just as good or better!

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    3. I have to be honest, I don't really celebrate Earth Day. But not because I don't care. Instead I do things like recycle, put food scraps in my compost tumbler, and reuse things everyday.

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    4. My kids are already talking about the extra things they'll be doing on earth day. They want to make a compost this year!

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    5. Like you, my sister was all about Tom's of Maine products during her pregnancy for the same reasons. I love their products too and feel good knowing that they are safer and healthier!

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    6. Toms of Maine is the only toothpaste I will use now! I cant go back to the artificial tasting mainstream brands because they actually make my mouth feel worse off.

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    7. I loveTom's! We use all of their non-fluoride products and love them!

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    8. We love the Toms of Maine products and use them in our home. I think going more natural during pregnancy is a great way to go.

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    9. I think it is tought when you are not only caring for the baby in your belly, but another. Pregnancy is work and it is great that you are trying to stay natural.

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    10. We've tried Tom's products and liked the taste! The kids really liked the strawberry!

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    11. We have recently just started using Tom's of Maine products too. It really made me happy that after so long, we finally quit talking about trying them and started using them. The kids were thrilled b/c I picked up some light up toothbrushes for them. We try to constantly make small changes that rid our life of some chemicals.

      I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes better with less sickness.

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    12. When you start young like that, it helps it stick for a lifetime. These changes are great!

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    13. These are great changes to make for your family! It is crazy how much pregnancies can vary between each other.

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    14. These are great ideas! Being healthy during pregnancy is hard, but so important!

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    15. I love Toms products! I've tried a few of their items and I love them all. I think for Earth Day this year my daughters and I are going to pick up trash along side the road.

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    16. We love Toms products, they are one of the only ones my youngest will use.

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    17. I will have to give Toms products a try. I am trying to reduce the amount of chemicals we are exposed to.

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    18. My son loves the strawberry toothpaste and my oldest used their deodorant.. they have such great products.

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    19. My first and second pregnancies were so different, too. First time around, I was a vegetarian who ate everything (non-meat) in sight. The second time around, I started eating meat again, and gained much less weight. Overall, though, pregnancy and parenting have led me to make much better choices, especially when it comes to using more natural products. #client

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