5 tips for an eco-friendly pregnancy

Becoming a mother deepens our connection to ourselves and, of course, the world around us. It leads us to consider the kind of world our little ones will inherit. So, how can we embrace sustainable practices, low- tox living and organic product choices without straining our wallets, the planet, or our to-do lists? Simple: It’s all about taking baby steps to a planet-friendly pregnancy.

1. Choose natural personal care products

Pregnancy is the perfect time to explore self care, with the right products. And you don’t have to sacrifice sustainability for indulgence. Simply start by ditching harsh chemicals—parabens and phthalates—and welcoming recyclable materials and natural ingredients. Whether it’s deodorants, stretch mark oils, or your entire personal care routine, we recommend checking the ingredient lists: the more ingredients you can pronounce and recognise, the better. 

Short on time and confused by the options? We’re fortunate to have access to resources and stores who have done the research for us.

  • Clean Compound in Northcote, Melbourne for tailored advice, community events and access to local emerging brands and products.
  • Fenn Store in Paddington, Sydney tailor treatments to your skins needs, and your life stage. Fenn stock boutique brands and activated skincare, from the ingestible to topical.

For those with sensitive skin and prone to allergies, check out our extra tips on how to manage personal care products in pregnancy here.

2. Think big picture when it comes to maternity clothes

We know it’s tempting to buy a whole new wardrobe when your bump’s growing, but there are sustainable ways to nail comfort without compromising the planet (or your bank account). 

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For an eco-friendly approach to maternity style, try:

  • Engage a stylist who knows pregnancy- they’re experts in sustainable pregnancy. A stylist can help you navigate your pre-pregnancy wardrobe, finding the pieces that can be worn all the way through and on the other side too.
  • Buying large (or XXXL) allows for clothes to be worn in different ways throughout pregnancy, and even into postpartum. No need to discard your maternity wardrobe on the other side of baby.
  • Opt for organic materials and natural fibres- such as cotton, bamboo, silk, hemp, linen and wool. By steering clear of synthetic fabrics, you’re ensuring your body is avoiding unnecessary contact with toxic chemicals- all of which can disrupt regular hormone function, moisture absorption and the regulation of body temperature.
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3. Eco-friendly cleaning products

Traditional cleaning agents often contain harsh chemicals and fumes that can pose risks to both the mother and her developing baby. Low tox alternatives, on the other hand, utilise natural and non-toxic ingredients, reducing exposure to harmful substances, while minimising any potential impact on the baby’s development.

Consider opting for eco-friendly cleaning products like Koala Eco’s toxic- free range which is made entirely in recyclable packaging. And avoiding aerosol cleaners (as they can penetrate and irritate the lungs) and fragrances, as they may contain harmful phthalates.

Additionally, low tox cleaning products are often gentler on sensitive skin, alleviating concerns about skin irritation or allergic reactions during pregnancy.

4. Organic eating

There are plenty of ways to nourish your baby that are considerate of the planet too. Some questions to consider:

  • Is buying organic produce a doable option for you?
  • Can I purchase products without the packaging? Thinking bulk food stores, local farmers markets and loose vegetables in the fruit aisles.
  • Try to incorporate whole foods like beans and lentils where possible. Nutrient dense vegan recipes offer great planet- friendly options while still keeping your nutritional needs at bay.

5. Choose a planet-friendly prenatal

Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal. Did you know that many are packed with fillers and binders that do zero for you or the planet? Enter The Prenatal by moode– moode’s premium prenatal vitamins. Our fully transparent ingredients ensure you’re fuelling your pregnancy with elements that are as clean as can be. 

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With a commitment to minimal, clean binders, our premium prenatal multivitamins meet your nutritional needs without compromising the planet.

Transitioning to an eco-friendly lifestyle during pregnancy doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Start small, and gradually pick up the habits that resonate with you most to have a planet-friendly pregnancy.

Ready to go green? Start the journey here.

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Visit our shop to find out more about The Prenatal supplement to help support a healthy pregnancy.

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