Keeping Your Pregnancy Green

The thought of the day of a child’s birth can be a stressful one for expectant mothers, but there is a lot of preparing that can be done ahead of time to help ease the stress of the transition of a new baby coming into your life. Expectant mothers who live a green lifestyle may worry that having a baby will force them to compromise that lifestyle for their newborn. That is not the case, in fact, bringing your child into a green household could arguably be considered healthier for your newborn. Here are some green tips to prepare for the magical day of delivery.

Preparing the Nursery

This can be one of the most fun parts of preparing for your newborn’s arrival. A nursery can have any theme or color you choose, just remember it should be a comfortable and safe oasis for your baby to grow into. In the nursery you can have complete control over creating a green space. Paint the walls using VOC free paint, refinish an old crib to help recycle and use a VOC free finish, for all the linens in the room choose organic cottons and wools. Buy bottle nipples that are made from non-toxic silicone as well. Research toy and baby product brands to choose the brands who are as conscious of your baby’s health as you are.

Birth Plan

A birthplan is an outline for an expecting mother to lay out how she would like her delivery day to go for her baby and herself. Bear in mind that unexpected events can come up during the birthing process and the health of the mother and baby will be the number one priority, so a birth plan is not a concrete plan for how your delivery day will go. You can specify that you would like a natural birth and opt out of receiving medicines during delivery to help keep your body free of toxins as well. Also, if you would like to bring your own organic linens for the baby or yourself, outline those details as well.

Hospital Bag

Prior to your anticipated due date, it is a great idea to pack a small bag of essential items to take to the hospital. This bag can contain anything from spare clothes and toiletries for mom and baby to items like a book or movie to pass the time during labor. Whatever you think you would like to have during your hospital visit to make you more comfortable is what should be in the bag. This is a good place to pack your baby items too.

Other Considerations

Many mothers choose breastfeeding as an organic way to feed their baby and stay in tune with a green lifestyle, however it’s important to note if breastfeeding isn’t right for you organic baby formula is available today. Cloth diapers are a popular choice among green parents to prevent the waste of hundreds of diapers being thrown in the trash. Another special consideration is the possibility of cordbloodbanking; this is a simple process where the cord blood from your newborn’s umbilical cord is collected after birth and sent to a reputable cord blood bank to be stored for your family for potential be use in medical treatment down the road. The collection process is pain free to both the mother and baby and handled by your medical professionals.

The day your baby arrives will be an exciting day to celebrate. Preparing yourself for delivery day and for when you bring your baby home will help you be able to just enjoy your new baby without worrying about other details.

{Did we mention that we LOVE our guest blogger!}

This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact by visiting her blog, Moore From Katie or her twitter @moorekm26.

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