Anna Getty's Guide to Green Living During Pregnancy
Heiress-cum-holistic lifestyle expert Anna Getty knows a thing or two about going green. Here, she shares 8 surprisingly down-to-earth suggestions to prepare the mind, body, and household for Baby.
Skip the Fish
“For me, fish is absolutely out—and I’ve spoken with some doctors who think the same thing. These days, all fish has some kind of heavy metal in it. Some women say, ‘My doctor says fish once a week is fine.’ I say, ‘Take nine months off.’ You can always do the fish oils, which have the lead and mercury taken out.”
Ban the Bottled Water
“You can put a filtration system into your kitchen. Get a couple of the stainless steel bottles and fill them up at the beginning of the day … People say, ‘I don’t want to spend $180 or $400 on a water filter,’ especially when bottled water seems cheap. But you add the costs up over time, and you realize the smarter choice. It’s really about phasing plastic out of everything that goes near your water or food.”
Purge Your Products
“The Environmental Working Group has an amazing database called Skin Deep. I was obsessed with it when I was pregnant. There are so many options now. Yes to Carrots, in Target, has a more natural version of almost everything—shampoo, cleansers. And if you haven’t already, get rid of antiperspirant and shift to a natural deodorant.”
Toss Toxic Cleaners
“It’s pretty straightforward. There are lots of non-toxic options now.”
Learn how to make simple homemade cleaners here.
“It’s really good to start [taking off your shoes in the house] when you’re pregnant because it’ll be habit by the time baby arrives. With your shoes, you have lead coming in, pesticides, dog fecal matter—it gets into your carpets, your bedding, it’s on your floor. Then the baby’s on the floor, then the hands are in the mouth…”
“With my [prenatal yoga] DVD, people were writing from all over the country, saying, ‘I have no yoga center … I did your DVD every day … As I was giving birth, I could hear the mantra, hear the music.’ Now there’s yoga on YouTube. There are apps for your iPhone. People are getting really creative.”
“It’s incredibly important that you create community during pregnancy. I had a friend that never reached out—she got pregnant and she just froze. I kept saying, ‘Go out and meet moms. Go to yoga centers. Go to baby stores.’ It does take a little bit of energy. But if you do it, it’s so rewarding.”
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