Questioning yourself, discovering, questioning your consumption habits, empowering others… For many, parenthood opens up a new field of possibilities. No more question of navel gazing or anything more or less. Soon to join the family, this little creature deserves to grow up and thrive in a healthy environment. So we don’t guarantee no errors, but the best will in the world and concrete action, yes. A short tour of the most important elements where you can intervene immediately.
Pregnant eco food
When pregnant, what you eat affects your baby’s development and future health. As for you, an unbalanced diet can put you at risk for diabetes or high blood pressure. So many good reasons to pay special attention to your food when choosing your food:
- organic. This boosts your micronutrient absorption, reduces the risk of obesity and overweight, and limits the risk of endocrine disruption (linked to the formation of the fetal brain). At the same time, keep that in mind Pesticides are largely responsible for the collapse of biodiversity.
- the season. A great way to enjoy delicious fruits and vegetables. In addition to enjoyment, this changes the taste of the amniotic fluid, which in turn has a connection to your child’s future appetite. Good energy saving is also at stake: qui says no use of heated greenhouses says less greenhouse gas emissions. CQFD.
- local. Ideal for limiting the carbon footprint from farm to fork thanks to the limited transport time and the virtual absence of packaging (and therefore waste). This limits food waste associated with not selling consumables that are considered too “ugly” or “too small” for traditional distribution channels.
- unedited. Industrial products are generally too rich, but this has direct consequences for theWeakening of the baby’s immune systemand about his adult life.
However, if you are tempted by the idea of starting a vegetable garden, be aware of the risk of toxoplasmosis, a high-risk infection for the baby and you. To avoid this, always wear gardening gloves.
More ecological beauty and hygiene products during pregnancy
Under the yoke of hormones, the quality of the skin changes. Pregnancy acne can occur. And as your body gets rounder and bigger in the hips, breasts, thighs, and stomach, itching (pruritus) and stretch marks (possibly) come along. To limit the appearance of bumps and streaks, you can use quality products that are harmless to your baby. Many cosmetics come to you on the market, but not all of them are environmentally friendly.
Then several options:
- rely on large-format native organic vegetable oils. With at least two massages per day on the stretch zones, and this from the beginning of pregnancy, you will use a lot of the product. make a few limit savings and waste, even if it means refilling a handier bottle and opting for maximum capacity. And don’t forget: the mechanical action is just as important as the omega-3 fatty acids naturally present in the oils, which can act on the skin’s suppleness and soothe it. So take the time to massage yourself to avoid stretch marks as much as possible.
- use ingredients in your kitchen. To reduce a pimple, Julien Kaibeck recommends in his book, Slow cosmetics for the whole family (ed. Leduc.s) to use a drop of lemon juice for an hour before rinsing off with plain water. Do you need to purify your skin and make it more radiant? Don’t lose that very ripe avocado in your fruit basket. Mash the pulp, add the juice of 1/2 organic orange and 3 drops of olive oil, argan oil or even camelina. This creamy paste is applied in a thick layer to the face and neck for about 20 minutes before removing once it feels taut and rinsing off with a towel soaked in lukewarm water.
- Give preference to organic products from renewable sources that are packaged in glass jars. However, pay attention to the presence of essential oils, which are prohibited during the first trimester of pregnancy, and only partially (and under certain conditions) allowed thereafter. In fact, some are neurotoxic, abortive, or even hepatotoxic. Always ask your pharmacist for advice beforehand.
A greener wardrobe for pregnant women
Getting dressed when you’re pregnant can quickly become a real headache, and it’s rare that you’re still wearing your pre-pregnancy outfits into those nine months. In order to feel comfortable and comfortable in your outfits and continue to feel beautiful, it is preferable to opt for maternity and maternity clothes, especially in the last few months when even your loosest clothes are unlikely to last. Fortunately, while there are now many specialty stores and brands with maternity/maternity/mum ranges, at a time when people are consuming less and better and not wanting to invest in the short term, there are alternatives for a ethical and responsible maternity dressing room :
- Second hand or used
The classics Vinted, Leboncoin, Videdressing, Vestiaire Collective… have maternity and nursing wear sold by private individuals to private individuals. But you can also find nuggets at a lower price at physical events such as flea markets and garage sales… More and more brands are also going on second-hand tours. This applies in particular to La Redoute with La Reboucle, Galeries Lafayette with the (Re)Store and even Balzac Paris.
- Maternity wear rental
Renting your wardrobe is an opportunity to indulge yourself by trying out new styles or wearing beautiful pieces from big brands without succumbing to over-consumption. According to the different boxes and formulas, you can choose clothes (and accessories) to receive at home before sending them back and adopting new ones at any time. The choice is personalized and adapted to each stage of pregnancy. At Le Closet, for example, the exchange of cases is unlimited.
- Evolutionary Clothing
If you’re looking for something new, opt for clothes with oversized cuts that can be worn before, during and after pregnancy and while breastfeeding. For example, the materials from the French brand Jolibump are natural and Oeko-Tex certified. The production is European.
Rely on more environmentally friendly means of transport
Going to work, to the maternity ward for monitoring, or for an ultrasound… When video has revolutionized habits, staying at home isn’t always possible. If you are still working and your position allows it, in consultation with your employer, take advantage of teleworking to reduce your travel, fatigue and carbon footprint!
For short distances in the city, prefer to walk or use public transport, which remains less polluting than the car, and carpool, which allows you to share the journey, why not with other expectant mothers in the maternity ward!
If you don’t have a motor and have no choice but to take the car, hybrid or electric vehicles (3 to 4 times less polluting than an internal combustion engine, petrol or diesel vehicle) remain the best solution. Taxi, Rental, VTC…all now offer an eco-friendly option. With Uber, for example, Uber Green is the cheapest alternative in the app.