I wanted to share how to prep for baby with you and what I did to make sure I was ready. This is my third baby and I've learned a lot with the last two. So far this postpartum season has been so much better than my last two. I definitely credit it to having some experience with my first two. You know what to expect the second and third time around and you're more aware of what you really need and what you don't.
I'm going to share what I prepped before the birth and how it's helped make the transition so much smoother. This is essentially a little of what I would have in my hospital bag, but since I have home births it's more what I have on hand and ready to go after the birth. But if you are having your baby at a hospital or birth center, this would still apply.
Some of the things I had prepped were products and some weren't. I found having all of these things on hand has helped me so much in the transition. I don't have to think about frantically ordering things or having my hubs run and get me something since I know what I will need. I hope if this is your first baby or even if it's your third or fourth baby this will help you when prepping for your new bundle! Keep reading to find out all the essentials I had ready to go when baby was born.
*I'm going to first outline items to have ready to go for mama and then what to prep and have ready to go for baby.
Me and my little man!
How To Prep For Baby:
Prepping For Mama-
Chic Bathrobe- This might sound a little funny but for me I knew I wanted to have a maternity/nursing robe that I could wear right after the birth that was chic looking. There are so many pictures taken initially and I wanted something that I could feel comfortable in but also looked pretty. I found just the robe! This would be a great gift for a new mom too. Check out the robe here!
Wish Garden Cramp Tincture- This is an herbal remedy for after birth pains. Usually this happens more after your first baby, not that it can't happen with your first. But it tends to happen the more babies you have. I had read really good things about how this helped soothe after birth cramps for many women. I love that it's just herbs. I actually didn't end up using it because I had lost quite a bit of blood…SJ was 10lb. and 7 oz and so the midwife didn't want me to take it because she said it actually causes the uterus to relax more and she wanted mine to not relax, since that could cause more bleeding. I still would recommend it from what I've read though. After birth pains definitely are uncomfortable. Get it here!
Breast Pads- I use some disposable breast pads in the first month or so as my milk supply is evening out and then I transition to reusable breast pads. I use disposable pads and then once I transition to reusable breast pads I use Marley Monsters. I find I have a lot of leaking the first several weeks when my milk production is just starting and the reusable ones I always end up leaking through. Get the disposable pads here and the Marley Monster pads here.
Pads For Down Under- Yes, after you have a baby you will bleed for a bit. Some women bleed less and others bleed more. I usually bleed for the first couple weeks. In the beginning you tend to bleed a lot more. Especially the first 48 hours or so. I actually used Depends the first several days and they were amazing! I can't recommend them enough. As silly as it may seem to put on a Depends they work amazingly well. You don't have to worry about leaking anywhere. I also had some pads on hand for after the first several days. You'll still be bleeding but not enough to where you'll need to wear a Depends. Get Depends here and pads here.
Breastmilk Storage- I found it's best to have all your breastmilk storage equipment figured out beforehand. So have the breast pump, figure out how you're going to store the breast milk and make sure you have all the products, etc. Your milk usually comes in around day 3 and it typically comes in with a vengeance! I love being able to pump right away to help establish my milk production and to find some relief from engorged breasts. I found for me having my system of pumping and storing my breast milk figured out has helped me a ton. I use this pump, but use these glass bottles to attach to the pump as I'm pumping. Then I store the breast milk in these silicone cubes and then once frozen store them in mason jars. I also would invest in a Haakka. This has literally changed my life this time around! It collects all the let down from the side you're not pumping on. Making it so easy to collect breast milk without even pumping. It's pretty amazing. Get it here!
Nipple Balm- This is definitely a necessity for the first several weeks. I always tend to get sore nipples and having an organic nipple cream on hand really makes the difference. I rub this on after feedings to help prevent cracked or dry nipples. Get it here!
Mother's Milk Tea- This is a definite must in my book when it comes to keeping up my milk supply. I always have this on hand right after I give birth. It helps to promote healthy lactation. Plus, it's such a soothing drink I've found after birth. I drink it everyday. Usually putting two tea bags in a mug of hot water. Get it here!
Water Bottle- This might sound like a silly one but it's actually really important in my opinion. Staying hydrated is super important when breastfeeding and after birth helping to flush out excess fluids. Finding a water bottle that you love and makes it easy for you to get your daily water intake in is essential. Find what works for you. For me it's as simple as getting a 32 oz size mason jar and silicone straw. I find I drink more water from a straw. Get a water bottle that holds a decent amount of water and have it ready to go after you give birth. It will make getting your daily water intake in so much easier! Check out what I use here and here.
Nursing Bras and Tank Tops- Having these ready to go and washed is also another great things to have prepped. As I said earlier your milk production comes in around day 3 so it's nice to have nursing bras and tank tops all ready to go since you'll be living in them. I found you need to have several too, since the night sweats after birth can leave you smelling less than pleasant and leave your clothes feeling grimy. Plus, sometimes you're covered in spit up by the end of the day. I really like Target's options for nursing bras and tank tops. They're effective but budget friendly. Check out the nursing bras I have here and the tank tops here. For the nursing bras I would tend to size up. You will get a lot larger in the chest then you realize and I always think nursing bras tend to run a bit smaller.
Supplements- Now is not the time to stop your supplements just because the baby is out. In fact it's even more crucial to continue taking your prenatal and anything else your doctor may have recommended during pregnancy. From what I've read you should continue supplementing up until 6 months after birth. Your body is going to be depleted from just having a baby and needs the extra nutrients. Plus, you are still giving out so much if you're breastfeeding. I also would recommend seeing a Naturopathic Doctor or Functional Doctor right before having baby and getting a blood draw. This will help you to see where your levels are right before birth and then you can get your blood drawn again in 6 weeks to make sure you are not getting depleted in a certain area. Mom's tend to not take care of themselves and focus on the baby. You still need to take care of yourself! Find a functional medical doctor in your area here. I love Seeking Health's Prenatal Supplement and B Complex, Probiotic, and Magnesium. I take Elite Fuel's Vitamin D3+K2.
Meal Prep- It might seem obvious but it's definitely something most women I find don't do in prepping for baby. I didn't with my first two. I shared how I meal prepped and planned for baby #3 in this video. I went over the recipes I made and how I did it, plus how I didn't store in plastic. This has been one of the best things I did! Not having to think about what I am going to make for dinner and having things I can easily reheat that are nutrient dense has been a game changer. I can't recommend meal prepping enough! Ask a few family members or friends to help and make a day out of it. Check out my meal prep video here.
My third little nugget- SJ!
Prepping For Baby-
Onesie- Having some onesie's or clothes on hand that are washed and ready to go is definitely good. Since I didn't know the gender of the third baby I just made sure I had some of my girl's old onesie's and then I bought a boy onesie's. Knowing I had at least one outfit made me feel at ease. This is the onesie I got for SJ.
Bouncy Ball- This is what we've used with our last two and it's been so clutch. It's just the big balls you use for working out but instead we just use it to hold and bounce the baby when they're a little fussy. You know the witching hour that tends to happen during the day. Well, this comes in handy for those exact times. Instead of having to stand and rock them, you can sit and bounce on the ball. The baby loves it! We always make sure we have ours filled with air and ready to go before baby arrives. Check them out here!
Pacifier- I know some people don't like giving their kids pacifiers but I've found it's been nice to have one on hand for our kids. Sometimes you can't just keep feeding them and they still want to suck and so these come in handy. I'm ok giving them to my baby as long as they seem like they have a good latch when nursing. It hasn't been a problem for me. These are the ones I got for SJ.
Swaddle- You can either swaddle them in a swaddle blanket or get a specific swaddle product. They have so many swaddle products now to help make swaddling babies easier. I found the swaddle blankets are ok but not as effective as the swaddle products. I love the Ollie Swaddle. My friend gave it to me and it's been amazing. It's super easy to use and really helps them to sleep so well! Check out the Ollie Swaddle here.
Baby Bed- Figure out what you're going to put the baby in initially. How is the set up going to be, etc. It can seem silly but having something to put your baby in that's ready to go makes all the difference in the beginning, especially when sleep can be harder to come by. I have used this for all my kids on my bed for the first 6 weeks or so and it's been great. I put it on my bed in the middle. I love that I can see them easily and that they're elevated a little. Check it out here.
Night Light- Another thing you might not think about but I find is nice is a night light. Whether you use your phone's light, have a bedside lamp, a literal night light or even a salt lamp, it's nice to have something for those late night feedings. No one wants to turn on a bright light in the middle of the night. I have a salt lamp that I used in the beginning but now I've been using my phone's light. It still works even when you're phone is on airplane mode.
Boppy Or Breastfriend- I had the poppy with Finley and the breast friend with Gracie and I like the breast friend better. It makes nursing so much easier, especially in those first several months when they are smaller. It can be hard to get the right position and you can feel like you're becoming a hunchback but with the breast friend it helps to bring the baby up to you and give you just the right position. It will make breast feeding more enjoyable. The boppy tended to move around a lot on me. I prefer the breast friend. Get it here!
Wipes- Obviously you want to have wipes on hand. These are my favorite wipes. They're ingredients are amazing and they aren't too wet or too dry, just the perfect consistency. Plus, I love that I can buy them by the case from Amazon! Get them here.
Diapers- Another obvious is diapers. I really like Bambo Nature, and Pamper's Pure. Honest diapers are good too, I find they aren't as soft. I have a new brand that I've been testing out and really loving called Nest. They are completely compostable. My guidelines for a diaper are they must be fragrance free and chlorine free. The face that the Nest is compostable is definitely a added bonus! Check out the Nest diapers here.
Wrap- I think a wrap is really nice to have, especially in the early months. Sometimes the only way they will sleep is on you and mama has to get things done. I really like the Boba Wrap and the Sakura Ring Sling. They both have been awesome for wearing baby. I also have the Ergo Carrier and love that as well. It works with newborns too but I find I use that as they get a little older. Check out the Boba Wrap and the Sakura Ring Sling here.
Blanket- Shocker you need a blanket! I love having a couple on hand in case one gets dirty or has spit up on it. I recently bought this one from Amazon. It's 100% organic and jersey knit. I love the print options they have as well. Check them out here.
I hope these prep tips have been helpful for when you're getting ready for baby! Obviously there are a lot more things you could have but I've found these are the essentials when I'm thinking about how to prep for baby. Sometimes less is more too.
What are some of your favorite things you prep for baby?
Sharing my Adorable Baby review with you today! I have been testing these baby products out for a while and I'm happy to share with you my full review today. I was first turned on to Adorable Baby five years ago when I found their natural baby sunscreen. It was literally the first sunscreen that I had found that was clean enough to put on my first child at the time. I was hooked! Since then they have rebranded and come out with so many more products that I'm so excited to share with you! Plus, they even have a new sunscreen that's going to be debuting soon- check it out here, can't wait!
*Adorable Baby did send me the products and this post is sponsored by them. However, thoughts and opinions are my own.
Adorable Baby was birthed out of a mutual passion for nature and natural products. Wanting to provide the consumer with not only the best most efficient product but also the safest most like nature product as well. A product that you could feel safe using on your baby and not think twice.
At Adorable Baby they use a proprietary Hydrature formula of natural oils that adds hydration to the skin of your baby, keeping it soft and smooth. I love how transparent Adorable Baby is on their website with their ingredients. They clearly list them on the site as well as an explanation on what it is and why they use it. I know that as a mother seeing this list helps give me peace of mind when shopping for baby products.
Sharing my full review on Adorable Baby!
They also have a strong commitment to the planet through their partnerships with their suppliers to their packaging, nothing gets missed. Their packaging is made from recyclable plastics and they encourage consumers to dispose of them in a safe way. They never test on animals either. I also love their standard when it comes to giving back. Adorable Baby supports Baby2Baby.
I love seeing a company support babies with safer baby products. This mission of there's is one way they are really making a difference!
Their products are also all EWG verified and Leaping Bunny Certified. Their sunscreen is not EWG verified however, because EWG does not include sunscreens in the verification process. But you can see their sunscreen on EWG's yearly safe sunscreen list here.
Another process that Adorable Baby includes in their product development is their testing. This is next level in my opinion and right on their website under F.A.Q.'s to see.
Preservation Efficiency- this is huge to make sure their products are not going to grow any organism- things like mold, bacteria, etc.
Repeat Insult Patch Test- This tests ensures the product is not going to be irritating to the skin, don't contain allergens and are sensitive to the skin.
Micro Test- This ensures that no bacteria was introduced into the product during manufacturing.
Stability Test- This tests their specific products of sunscreen, and diaper rash cream. Since they both contain zinc oxide they are tested to make sure the products are going to be effective for the designated time they are supposed to until the expiration date. Love this test!
SPF Test- This ensures the sunscreen protectant on the label is correct and actually offers that level of SPF when used.
Critical Wavelength Test- This ensures that the sunscreen actively protects from UVA and UVB rays.
As you can see Adorable Baby really takes their product safety seriously and it's evident by the testing they perform!
They offer five products currently, with sunscreen launching very soon. I was able to test out 4 of the products and I'm here to share my review with you!
This natural diaper cream has been in heavy rotation!
Natural Diaper Rash Ointment
I was super excited to test this out! As a mama to a 1 year old a red bum is something that can happen easily and I always have a diaper cream on hand. I love that Adorable Baby's contains zinc oxide. This really helps to soothe the skin, calm redness and protect from dampness. It comes in a tube that's easy to stick in a diaper bag or diaper caddy at home. I love that the formula is thick enough to really coat a baby's bum- one of the things I've noticed is important when using a diaper cream after having 3 kiddos! What's great about this formula is that it's thick enough to coat the skin but not so thick that it doesn't spread well. It spreads very nicely! Besides zinc oxide the formula also contains nourishing oils like jojoba oil, beeswax, avocado oil, baobab oil and coconut oil. I apply it after almost every diaper change as it works to also help prevent diaper rashes too. I love knowing exactly what I'm applying to my little guy's skin. This diaper rash ointment works so well and will be on repeat in my baby routine!
Loving this natural baby shampoo and body wash with their natural baby lotion.
Natural Baby Shampoo And Body Wash
There are so many things I love about this shampoo and body wash! First, it's only one product. Makes it so easy to just have one product, versus two when it comes to shampoo and body wash. It's also great for travel too! One less product to take with you. Another thing I got so excited about was that it was tear free! It's often hard to find baby products that are truly tear free and safe. This one hits all the marks! There is also no synthetic fragrance in the natural baby shampoo and body wash. Just pure essential oils of grapefruit oil and artemisia flower oil. It's not an overwhelming scent either, but very mild overall. It suds up nicely in the bath too. This doesn't feel drying on soft baby skin either. It uses natural cleansers from coconut to cleanse baby skin and therefore the skin isn't stripped like with traditional body washes. The body wash also contains nourishing oils like avocado oil, jojoba oil, and shea oil to leave the skin hydrated too. A little goes a long way I found as well which I love. The hair wasn't greasy or oily looking either. Often the hair can feel a little oily when using a formula that is for shampoo and body wash, but not this one. The hair felt clean and bouncy. I can't recommend this enough! It really works so well.
This lotion comes in a pump bottle that makes it so easy to apply to baby skin. It also is hydrating without feeling overly greasy or oily. It has nourishing oils in it like jojoba, shea, avocado and baobab. I apply it to my baby's skin right after they get out of the bath. It immediately soaks in and leaves their skin feeling soft and hydrated. I love the scent too. It has notes of grapefruit, bergamot and peach in it. Subtle but so good. Another great addition to the bath time routine.
This natural baby oil is so hydrating on baby skin! Filled with five nourishing oils- sunflower, jojoba, avocado, shea, and baobab. This oil really keeps things simple, yet effective. It doesn't have a scent either. I find this nice, especially those who can't do any scent. I apply this to my baby's skin right after bath time. It soaks right in. If you feel like your baby needs extra moisture you can apply this first after bath, then apply the lotion on top for an extra layer. It sinks right in. It also makes a really great oil for a baby massage. Just massage a dab in your hand and massage over baby. Such a great way to prep baby for sleeping!
Sharing my healthy postpartum meal prep with you in my newest video. Everything from how I went about prepping before I actually prepped the day of and what I used to store the food in. I'm even sharing all the recipes in my free download, along with all the food storage options I used!
Sharing all my healthy recipes I made for my postpartum meal prep.
Most of the meals are paleo friendly and all of them are gluten free. You can find them all linked in the free download below. I made a month's worth of food over a 2 day period and I'm sharing how I did it in the video- check it out below.
I would love to hear if you've meal prepped after baby and what that looked like! Leave me a comment.
So you might be wondering about a holistic pregnancy and what that looks like. I mean how can you survive the first trimester? Well, you've come to the right place because I'm going to share all my secrets with you. Ok, they're not really secrets but things that have...
I get this question a lot- what are pregnancy safe skincare products I can use? After having 3 babies, I've become aware of what ingredients to avoid during pregnancy to keep baby safe. While I don't subscribe to fear when it comes to persuading somebody to not use a product, I do think it's important to be informed as a consumer. This is the best way to protect you and your baby. The more informed you are, the better choices you can make for you and your growing family.
It can seem daunting to know what to avoid when you first get pregnant. You hear so many things. Don't use this, stop eating that, the list goes on. I find most people actually are way more cautious then not. I found while I wanted to avoid any potential harmful products or ingredients I also still wanted to be able to continue a skincare routine that I loved and felt good about.
Right after having my third baby- pure bliss!
It's obvious that there are some products we should avoid in general when it comes to pregnancy. These might seem common if you've been living a natural lifestyle for a while. But for many people not as common if they're just starting to consider what's in their products they put on their body. Often I've found people start to really consider what they're putting on their bodies when they get pregnant. So if that's you- I couldn't be more excited that you're here and wanting to learn!
I'm going to share some ingredients that are definitely wise to avoid in pregnancy specifically, and I'm also going to share some ingredients that don't have as much evidence to support that they should be avoided and are up to your discretion. A lot of pregnancy is doing what feels right for you and your baby. This list also can be used while nursing too. I am even going to cover essential oils. Again, essential oils are a category that can be very gray. There are people who think all essential oils should be avoided, and those that are more carefree and don't adhere to any strict guidelines. I'm more in the middle. While I do avoid some essential oils based on evidence that they are harmful, some essential oils don't have as much evidence to support such claims so I use sparingly. Ultimately it is up to you to decide what you deem is safe for you and your baby.
The biggest consideration I also want to point out when it comes to anything to avoid in pregnancy is the amount at which you are taking or applying to your skin. As with anything the dose matters! If you're applying something everyday to your skin I would question what is in it. Also, taking something internally is different then externally. While we do absorb what we apply to our skin, it is not as intense as if you were orally talking it. Many studies that have been done on deeming ingredients unsafe have been done on large doses- amounts people often wouldn't even be close to. Always consider the amount when taking in things to avoid.
Also, from what I read health experts often say to avoid essential oils in the first trimester more than any since this is the stage where the fetus is growing most rapidly and could be more fragile.
Last thing- As always I am not a doctor, please always consult with your physician before taking on any new regimen that you are unsure of.
9 month belly!
First I want to share some ingredients to avoid in pregnancy and why:
Retinol, Retin-A, Retinoic acid, and Tazaratene- These are all ingredients I would definitely steer clear of in pregnancy. There has been scientific data that proves these are not to be used when you're expecting(Source). These are all a form of Vitamin A and have been shown to cause birth defects when used in large amounts. This also includes oral vitamin A treatments used for acne like Accutane or isotretinoin as it's often called now(Source). Retinols are in the same family of Accutane and while there is more evidence to suggest Accutane is harmful during pregnancy- (most doctors won't even prescribe it if you're pregnant), most doctors agree that since retinol is closely linked to Accutane it is wise to avoid it as well.
Salicylic Acid- This is often used for treating acne. While the oral salicylic acid has been the ingredient that has shown the biggest negative impact on growing baby, many health experts would suggest avoiding the topical form as well(Source).
Benzoyl Peroxide- This is also used for treatment of acne. While there have been no definite studies showing it can cause negative impact while pregnant, health experts have said the body has a high rate of absorbing the ingredient and could affect the growing fetus.
Willow Bark- This is also used often in natural skincare products for acne. This is where salicylic acid is actually derived. Often people take willow bark as an aspirin as well since it's anti-inflammatory. While there is not much evidence on it, since it is part of the salicylic category, health experts have advised to avoid it.
Beta Hydroxy Acids(BHA) and Alpha Hydroxy Acids(AHA)- These should be avoided in pregnancy. They are often used in skincare to help treat specific conditions, like acne, skin inflammation, or other inflammatory skin conditions. The issue is the salicylic acid found in the acids. Studies have shown oral acids to be harmful but there is no concrete evidence on BHA's or AHA's, however health experts advise to avoid them as the skin does absorb small amounts. This could include glycolic acids as well. Personally I think in small amounts they're fine when used topically but again it's up to you. Do what is comfortable for you and baby.
Thyme- This is an herb that has caused miscarriage when taken in large amounts while pregnant.
Licorice Root- Unclear of the effects on unborn baby.
Dong Quai- This herb should be avoided as it causes bleeding.
Goldenseal- This herb should be avoided during pregnancy.
Yarrow- May contribute to miscarriage or preterm labor when taken internally.
Ashwagandha- May contribute to miscarriage or preterm labor.
Calendula- May contribute to miscarriage or preterm labor.
Borage- Potential negative affect of growing fetuses liver.
Dill Seed- It has been known to cause abortions.
Juniper- Can cause abortion.
Lemongrass- It has been known to cause irritation when used in pregnancy.
Oregano- Can cause skin sensitization.
Rosemary- Can effect the baby with it's specific compounds.
Tansy(different than blue tansy which is safe during pregnancy)- avoid because it is a neurotoxin.
Aniseed- Has been shown to raise the estrogen levels.
Cinnamon Bark Oil- Has been shown to lead to kidney or liver issues in fetuses and even contractions later in pregnancy.
Clove- Some said it was safe, others said it can cause contractions which lead to miscarriage. It also has been shown to slow down the clotting of blood, which isn't good for later in pregnancy. Consult with your doctor.
Bitter Almond- Can increase birth defects in babies.
Sage- Should be avoided as it can stimulate the uterus.
Wormwood- Can affect the uterus and endanger pregnancy.
Pennyroyal- It has shown in high doses to cause abortion.
*There may be essential oils I missed but in my research these were the ones that came up over and over. Just because I didn't include it doesn't mean it's safe. Make sure and check with your doctor first.
A word of caution when using essential oils during pregnancy.
Don't ingest them internally.
Always dilute them or do a patch test on yourself first. Skin and sensitivities can change during pregnancy.
Always buy oils that are stored in glass.
Buy oils that are the pure essential oisl, no added fragrance, etc.
Talk with your doctor if you're unsure about an essential oil before you use it.
Pregnancy Safe Skincare Brands
Below I'm going to share some of my favorite tried and true natural pregnancy safe skincare brands. These brands I've vetted myself and have personally used when I was pregnant. As always, if you're uncertain about a specific product or ingredient do a patch test or consult with your doctor before using.
The Beautycounter Countertime line is making waves- results driven skincare!
At Beautycounter they take their ingredient sourcing and ingredients in general very seriously. They test all of their products for 23 distinct safety endpoints to make sure they meet skincare safety when it comes to pregnancy. However, they also share that if you're still hesitant about a specific ingredient to check with your doctor. That being said I feel comfortable recommending and using Beautycounter products when I am pregnant or nursing.
A few of my favorite Beautycounter products:
Skin Twin Foundation- This foundation is the perfect consistency. It feels hydrating but offers the coverage I still crave. A great medium coverage overall. It looks like your skin but better.
Countertime Line- This is Beautycounter's Ant-aging line. They use a plant-derived retinol in the products, as well as antioxidants and peptides. After researching plant derived retinals I feel great about using it, but if you're not sure feel free to talk with your doctor.
Eye Makeup Remover- I love this eye makeup remover. It quickly gets rid of all your eye makeup.
Face Wipes- These are so nice to have around when you're pregnant and you don't feel like doing much. They make removing your makeup or cleansing your skin so easy.
All Bright C Serum- A great serum to use in the morning to help brighten your complexion and hyperpigmentation, protect your skin from the elements and even skin tone.
Resurfacing Peel- This is great to use at night for a light exfoliation. You wake up to brighter, glowing skin!
Primally Pure's Blue Tansy Deodorant and Charcoal Deodorant have won my heart!
This is another amazing natural skincare line that is pregnancy and nursing safe. Of course I will always include a disclaimer to check with your doctor as each person is unique. I love so many products from Primally Pure and used their line extensively when I was pregnant with my third. They offer simple, pure products. They even have a baby line!
A few of my favorite Primally Pure Products:
Deodorant- (Just avoid the lemongrass scent) I love the blue tansy scent, and charcoal scent.
This Pai Rosehip Cleansing Oil is hydrating and soothing on the skin.
This is another brand that I falls into the pregnancy safe skincare category. They have a whole page on their website dedicated to the discussion of pregnancy. I so appreciate this! Often brands when asked this question will not answer the question and just say to consult your doctor. I appreciate the brands that are digging a little deeper into the conversation and doing the leg work for the consumer. Pai is one such brand. You can view the full pregnancy safe skincare conversation on their website here. The founder used the line in both of her pregnancies. I really love Pai skincare for sensitive skin that needs hydration. Often both of those traits can be true of skin when pregnant. Pai even has some essential oil free products that I'll list below. The only two products that should be avoided are their Living Water and Viper Gloss.
A few of my favorite Pai Skincare products:
Middlemist Seven Cleanser- This creamy hydrating cleanser removes makeup and impurities but doesn't leave your skin feeling stripped.
Love this Marie Veronique Everyday Coverage SPF 30!
This is another skincare line that is safe for use during pregnancy except the Gentle Night Retinol Serum and Treatment Retinol Serum. I love Marie Veronique's products because they are not only safe but effective. They are results driven natural skincare products. Many of them are essential oil free as well, another perk to the line. They do a great job of bridging the gap between natural skincare and science.
A few of my favorite Marie Veronique Skincare products:
Pure + E.O. Oil Cleanser- This has long been one of my favorite natural cleansers. I love that it is an oil and feels hydrating to the skin but then suds up just enough and emulsifies when you add water. Not too mention I love that it comes in a glass pump bottle. The best of all the worlds.
Soothing B3 Serum- This serum is so good. I love anything with niacinamide in it and this has 10%! Niacinamide is a form of Vitamin B. This helps to keep your skin balanced and soothed whether you're dealing with really cold or really hot climates. It helps prevent your skin from becoming sensitive and contributes to an overall glow.
Barrier Lipid Complex- This is perfect for keeping the skin's moisture intact. It contains ceramides, biomemetic fatty acids, and cholesterol- all responsible for maintaining proper skin health.
Love these Osmia Nectar Vital Rose Drops- so hydrating!
This is another brand that has a really well thought out answer when it comes to pregnancy safe skincare. The founder of Osmia is Sarah Villafranco. She is an emergency doctor turned natural skincare expert. I love her stance on pregnancy safe skincare. She wrote a whole blog post on the topic and offers recommendations for products that are completely essential oil free, plus a product list for skincare that does have essential oils in it but are deemed safe and products you should avoid all together. Check out the blog post and the lists here.
A few of my favorite Osmia products:
Body Mousse- This is SO decadent and feels like a serious treat when you apply it on your body. It's like frosting- but you can't eat it! The perfect treat for any pregnant mama.
Naked Body Oil- I'm obsessed with this body oil! It melts into your skin upon application and leaves it hydrating for days. I also love that they offer an essential oil free version- perfect for pregnancy safe skincare.
Bar Soaps- This is Osmia's signature product IMO and so good. They look like works of art, but are actually bars of soap. I love the coffee mint scent- wakes you up in the best possible way.
Nectar Vital Rose Drops-This is a hydrating facial oil and feels so moisturizing on the skin. If you have very dry, sensitive skin these may be just what you need. I love how rich the oil feels on the skin.
This is a skincare brand I've been a fan of for years. I love knowing that their products are also pregnancy safe. Here is a quote from their website explaining the product: “Aleavia products are alkaloid based bio-stimulants which actually feed a wide variety of friendly microorganisms on the skin causing the healthy bacteria to go into a feeding frenzy. This ultimately results in much higher activity levels of normal friendly bacteria. Over a short period of time, the “good guys” will completely overwhelm any harmful bacteria, virtually eliminating skin disorders of many types. Our skin care products accomplish this on a molecular level using a combination of 100%-natural, organic, and environmentally safe ingredients.” They also help balance the ph of the skin, all while conditioning it. I was amazed at their success stories found here on their website. People's skin literally transformed! For more info. on the exact science behind Aleavia-check out their website here. Now, you may be thinking they must put a ton of ingredients in their products…but that's not the case! They use just a handful of ingredients and all completely natural.
A few of my favorite products from Aleavia:
Body Wash-My whole family uses this! I love that it's a prebiotic body wash and isn't getting rid of healthy beneficial skin bacteria as well.
Hand Wash-They have a brand new hand wash that you can feel good about using while your pregnant too!
Facial Cleanser- This is a great basic everyday facial cleanser that will keep your good bacteria in check on your skin.
This Goop Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo had me after my first use!
The more products I've tried from Goop the more I am totally sold on them! They really do perform so well. I found an entire blog post dedicated to the topic of Goop pregnancy safe skincare written by a doctor- it's a good read. She shares a lists of products that are safe and products that aren't. I even found the comment section underneath the blog post to be helpful as readers asked thoughtful questions. Check out the full post here.
I hope this helps you when you're searching for pregnancy safe skincare products. It can often seem daunting to know what to avoid in our products when pregnant on top of all the other factors we are facing. Hopefully this list helped eliminate some of the confusion and stress!
What are some of your favorite pregnancy safe skincare products?
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