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Go natural & colon; 10 all-natural bath & beauty products for expectant mothers


One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was my bathroom completely out of date.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

Cleaning and personal care products are made with so many harsh chemicals these days, and the long-term effects of many of them are still very unknown. Wherever possible, I make swaps, chemical-free and all-natural products to ensure that we live as cleanly as possible (no pun intended).

The natural products are usually only $ 1-2 more, which is a small price to pay for the long term effects of going natural numbers. Trader Joes and Whole Foods are two of my favorite sources for natural bath and beauty products, but as demand increases, many large department stores like Kroger and Target are starting to carry these brands as well.

There are many great, well-known brands and options available, and I think that all Women (not just expected!) Will benefit from switching to a less chemically dependent beauty program.

Here are my ten favorite products to get started ...

  • Natural shampoos
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    I like variety in what I use every day, so I take turns using the Trader Joe's Tea Tree Collection and the Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. Both clean and natural, my hair feels abandoned and not strained.
  • This and soaps
    2 of 10

    Dr. Bronners is one of my favorite brands, and I use their soaps for a lot more than just this (detergents, laundry detergents, etc.). I plan to buy a large bottle of his baby soap for our upcoming arrival!
  • Make-up remover
    3 of 10

    Makeup removers are some of the toughest facial products out there. Think about how bad some of them smell and sting is - maybe that is good for your face? These Say Yes cucumber towels are all natural and smell like the spa.
  • Natural toothpaste
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    I mean at Trader Joe's, but Toms is another very popular baking soda by brand. These natural toothpastes contain no triclosan (which are believed to have harmful long-term effects), no saccharin, no artificial preservatives and no animal ingredients.
  • Aluminum-free deodorant
    5 out of 10

    As more and more studies show the potentially dangerous effects of triclosan and aluminum in our products, there is a lot of talk about natural deodorants these days. Using aluminum free deodorant is really important to me as I don't want harsh chemicals seeping into my skin. As with any transition, there is a brief settling-in period when using these, and you feel a little sweatier than normal at the beginning. Once the aluminum is out of your system, these deodorants work just like their chemical counterparts without the dangers or worries.
  • Tea Tree Oil Face Wash
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I love this Tea Tree Face Wash from Trader Joe's because it is so light and makes my skin feel soft to the touch. It is made from all-natural herbal ingredient and oils only, and does not contain salicylic acid - another ingredient pregnant women should watch out for (studies have shown a potentially harmful effect on babies.)
  • Retinoid-free face lotion
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    Retinoids are a type of vitamin A that are often added to face creams and moisturizers because they are thought to have antiaging properties. But for expectant mothers, this ingredient is especially dangerous because high levels have been linked to an increased risk of birth defects.
  • Herbal based lotions
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    Not only are these natural lotions all-natural, but because of all the vegetable oils and ingredients, they smell amazing too! The Alba After Sun Lotion is something I plan to use all year round to remind myself how good the beach smells when it's cold and dark in January.
  • Paraben free hair products
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    When I found out I was pregnant I switched to a non-aerosol and chemical-free hairspray because it's something I use a whole lot! With the cloud hairspray taking over our bathroom every morning, I felt all those chemicals I was inhaling couldn't be good for me. I also use Dr. Bronner's hair cream that is completely oil based and makes my hair feel silky after it's style.
  • Pregnancy-safe sunscreen
    10 of 10

    I've written about it a bit before, but finding natural retinoid-free sunscreens was very important to me for our summer vacations and time spent in the sun. I'm pretty vigilant about sunscreen application on the beach, and everything I put on my skin in large doses should be as natural as possible.
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