The Benefits of Eating Organic During Pregnancy

While organic eating certainly has its fair share of opposition (mostly from those who are concerned about e-coli), there is a lot to recommend the practice, especially for women that are eating for two. You may well be concerned about the risks associated with organic foods, but frankly, if you wash and cook them properly you have nothing to worry about. And when it comes to keeping chemical toxins, synthetic hormones, and antibiotics away from your unborn child, there’s no better way than to make the switch to an organic diet. Here are just some of the many benefits you’ll enjoy.

For one thing, organic foods tend to taste better (have more flavor) than their chemically-grown counterparts. While this is certainly preferable for anyone, it may be particularly helpful for pregnant women that are experiencing a heightened sense of smell and taste thanks to their condition. Since organic items are thought to spoil faster, they are often shipped to markets immediately (and they frequently come from local sources). So you may have to shop a bit more often and buy less, but you’ll get the freshest of the fresh when it comes to produce, meats, and animal products.

Organics are also better for your own health and the health of the planet. Not only will they help you to avoid introducing chemical toxins like fertilizers, pesticides, and fungicides into your own system (and your baby’s); but they will stop the spread of these sprays to the soil, water, and air (as well as the damage they do to surrounding ecosystems). Although you may not notice any immediate results, organic foods could do wonders for your health over time. You may not realize the damage being done to your body until it’s too late. And with all the instances of cancer and other diseases springing up over the last several decades, it may indeed be something in the water (so to speak).

But you can actually do even more than shopping for local, organic foods. You can go a step further by opting for organic furnishings and textiles in your home. If you knew how many chemicals were part and parcel of the clothing industry, you might not wear a stitch! But there are chemical-free alternatives for average clothing and even bedding for yourself and your baby. All of these options can only help you to live a healthier and more environmentally friendly lifestyle all around, which is great for your growing family.

When morning sickness starts, you probably won’t be too keen to eat anything. But once you’re over the worst, why would you even think about eating foods that could harm your baby while he’s still in the womb? Take your own health and that of your unborn child into consideration when you select the foods you ingest and you’ll see that organics are the clear winner. While some mothers-to-be may worry about the risks, they’re fairly negligible when compared to the potential damage that can be caused by the chemical fertilizers and pesticides used to grow produce and the hormones and antibiotics found in most meats and animal products.