Mommy&Me Monday

Mommy&Me Monday: Pregnant? Is your doctor forgetting to mention something to you?

Okay before we get started, go read this article from the Boston Globe.

“Why doctors don’t talk to pregnant women about toxic chemicals”

Go ahead, I’ll wait…..

Alright, now it talks about a survey taken by ACOG- this is the leading organization of ALL OB/GYNs. This is a big deal, it’s not a survey of some hippie magazine where randos are responding as “doctors.” This survey cites that out of the 2,500 physician members of ACOG who responded, 80% agree that having a discussion with mothers would have an impact on lowering exposure to harsh chemicals and toxins. But less than 20% do.

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Why? Because they don’t feel like they have adequate knowledge on the subject to talk about it. So they just don’t mention it.

Um….what? And these vague “dangerous chemicals” are not jet fuel or biohazardous waste, but are found in everyday products like certain PLASTICS and PESTICIDES.

If you deliberately disobeyed me and skipped reading the aforementioned article, scroll back up and do it now. This is a pretty big deal, at least in my world.

I’m not planning on becoming pregnant anytime soon, but I feel like limiting my daily exposure to harsh chemicals is kind of already a big deal to me.

I always had headaches growing up. Almost daily, but that was “normal” for me so I didn’t think much of it. Everybody get headaches, right? Well over the past 3 or so years, I’ve really changed my daily routine trying to lean towards “healthier” beauty/hygiene and cleaning products. Now I may still get headaches, but more like one every 1-3 months. And I can tell that they are triggered from artificial fragrances/chemicals: perfume, candle stores, mosquito repellant, PineSol and other cleaning products. Since I have phased those things out of my daily life, I only experience headaches when I’m around them in public.

That’s one of the benefits I’ve found, and even if that was the only thing it would so be worth it.

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Don’t get me wrong, I think you should do LOTS of research! But look at your current situation first to researach what you’re putting on, in, and around your body. Then learn the do’s and don’t’s, safety and precautions, and suggested uses for EOs.
I promise you two things:
1) you’ll be amazed at how many synthetic/harsh chemicals you come in contact with and willingly purchase!
2) there are safer, affordable, healthier, and more pleasant smelling options that truly work!

-Chesla

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Mommy&Me Monday

Mommy&Me Monday – DIY baby wipes

I had a lovely Sunday lunch with my parents and an old friend who is a new mom (and her little one of course). We wanted to meet up so I could tell her all about how oils could be used with babies, and naturally, her princess took the limelight instead. Baby (I’m going dirty dancing on you here) was freaking adorable and my parents absolutely enjoyed playing grandparents over the extended lunch- everyone was happy… Until baby decided to lose her lunch on my chest. Off topic.

Anyways, during the conversation baby decides to throw her toy, that she loves to chew on, to the ground. We have all seen this: baby toy hits the ground and either a) mom totally freaks out and cleans entire floor area, including the toy, clothes baby is wearing, chair baby is sitting in etc., b) mom doesn’t do a thing and gives toy back to baby- your building their immune system right mom? Or c) gently cleans off toy with baby wipe and hands back to baby- just another day of being a mom. This happens numerous times and then out of the blue play date grandma, my mom, informs us that she used baby wipes to remove stains in the carpet when we were younger…

Wait. WHAT?? Yep. Baby wipes as a stain remover- you know, Resolve, Shout, Clorox, etc. I am silently FREAKING OUT. You used it on my bum mum! And on my hands and toys!While I am alive and well 20 somewhat years later, baby wipes have been known to cause skin irritations, check out http://www.ewg.org for different products, their ingredients, and ingredient concerns. FYI I love my mum, mom, momma, mummy, mother, mom, mom. 🙂

So I bring to you a non-toxic solution: homemade babywipes! This easy recipe is great for on the go and can be used in any empty baby wipes container.

What you need:
1 roll unbleached paper towels
2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons coconut oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops melaleuca essential oil
1 airtight container

Directions:
1- cut the paper towel roll in half using a serrated knife. Use one half of the roll now and one half later.
2- combine water, coconut oil, and oils in a small bowl
3- put 1/2 paper towel roll into container
4- pour the mixture over the paper towels, cover with lid, let mixture absorb for ten minutes.
5- turn container over and let sit for another ten minutes.
6- remove cardboard center so you can pull wipes from the center when you are ready to use.
7- for to go wipes, place 15-20 wipes into a travel size wipe container.

The lavender oil is soothing, refreshing, and helps cleanse the area where the wipe is used. The melaleuca oil helps sport the immune system and is beneficial for the skin.

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I recommend the book Gentle Babies– it tells exactly how to use the oils for pregnancy, childbirth, on infants, and on young children.

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