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Healthy You

10 Tips for a Healthy You

  1. Incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Try physical activities such as walking, yoga or swimming.
  2. Eliminate smoking, the use of drugs, and drinking alcohol.
  3. Avoid personal care products that contain the ingredient “Fragrance.” Fragrances are considered trade secrets and can contain a wide range of 3,000 chemicals. Look for products that are labeled as fragrance-free.
  4. Avoid nail polish and hair dyes that may contain harmful chemicals, such as toluene, formaldehyde, diethyl phthalate, and quaternium-15 that are linked to health problems. Refer to WHE’s Top 12 Toxins to Avoid card.
  5. Use natural stretch mark creams, such as cocoa or shea butter.
  6. Keep you and your baby hydrated by drinking water. Purchase a pitcher for home that has a filter. Water helps keep your skin hydrated and reduces stretch marks.
  7. Ask your doctor about which prenatal vitamins are best for you.
  8. Protect yourself from the sun! Wear protective clothing, a wide brim hat and sunglasses. Use sunscreen with ingredients such as zinc oxide and remember to reapply! Avoid aerosol sunscreen sprays and eliminate tanning bed use.
  9. Avoid changing cat litter, due to risk of toxoplasma (parasite shed in cat’s feces). If you must change litter, wear disposable gloves and wash hands with soap & water.
  10. Deal with stress appropriately. Use stress-reducing techniques such as yoga, breathing exercises or get a relaxing prenatal massage.