I have always been self conscious about what I put into my body, but once I got pregnant, this got taken to a whole new level. Suddenly the high prices for organic food weren’t so high and drinking enough water each day really became a priority, because it’s not just about you anymore. Along with being choosy about what goes into my body, I have also become very self-conscious about what I use ON my body as well.
I recently discovered Nine Naturals products and was very impressed with all their products for expecting mamas and their philosophy behind their products. The mission of Nine Naturals is “to make beauty simple, smart and safe for moms and moms-to-be. We craft our products to give moms and moms-to-be the amazing results they love using only natural and organic ingredients. Because taking good care of oneself is the best thing a woman can do for her baby.”
Early on in my pregnancy, I was finding myself constantly reading all the labels and ingredients on all the products I was using, checking to make sure ingredients were safe and natural for my baby. I had the opportunity to try two of the Nine Naturals products, the Vanilla + Geranium Regenerative Pregnancy Belly Butter & Stretch Mark Cream and their Natural Belly Oil. The Belly Butter was so dreamy, that I used it on my entire body and the scent was really nice and not too heavy (If you’ve been pregnant, then you know how important light scents are!) I’ve also been using the Belly Oil (it’s non-scented) on my belly, hips and butt every time I get out of the bath or shower. The oil is great, because its moisturizing, but dries fairly quickly so you can get dressed without feeling too greasy. It also contains coconut oil, which I am huge fan of.
The label on Nine Naturals says “for pregnancy and beyond” so I am definitely looking forward to trying out some of their other products even after I have my baby. How fabulous do these products sound? Citrus and Mint Nourishing Shampoo, Mandarin and Ginger Restorative Conditioner (I’m sure I’ll need this post-partum!) For those of you who are thinking about having a baby or are trying to conceive, Nine Naturals even makes Fertility Prep Products that contain key nutritional support to bolster fertility and promote ideal reproductive health! Want to try some of these amazing products? Be sure to use code “SS15″ at checkout for 15% off your order (expires 3/31/2015)
Here are some interesting facts that I got from Nine Naturals about Toxins and Chemicals:
More than 200 toxic chemicals have been found in newborn cord blood.
The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine acknowledged in a joint statement that many chemicals that pregnant women absorb and ingest from the environment can cross the placenta and affect the health and development of the fetus.
Toxin exposure can impact mom and baby’s health.
Scientific evidence over the past 15 years shows that pre-conception and pre-natal exposure to toxic environmental agents is associated with stillbirth, miscarriage, birth defects, hormone disruption, childhood cancers and impaired brain development in children.
Approximately 700 new chemicals are introduced into the US market every year.
Due to the deficiencies in the current regulatory structure, most chemicals have entered the marketplace without information regarding their reproductive impact or other long-term toxic effects. While the European Union has banned over 1,000 ingredients from cosmetics, the US has banned just 11.
The average woman’s daily beauty routine consists of 12 beauty products, which exposes her to 168 unique ingredients and potentially harmful chemicals .
Products that touch the skin can be absorbed into the bloodstream and impact the health of both mom and baby. Common chemicals found in everyday personal care products are associated with developmental reproductive and behavioral disorders, hormone disruption and cancer.
**This post was NOT endorsed by Nine Naturals, and all opinions expressed here are my own.