We all know the importance of being healthy during pregnancy. Women often avoid cigarettes, shellfish, essential oils, sunshine, alcohol and even certain pressure points used during massage, but something many don’t do, is check the ingredients in personal care products. 

Why is it important to read your labels? 

Much of what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream.


Some chemicals are too big to be absorbed but others are small enough to penetrate (just think nicotine or birth control patches!). 

Anything you put ON your body, that goes IN your body, affects you and your baby too.

“In 2005, the Environmental Working Group published a combination of two studies that found toxic chemicals in the umbilical cord blood of newborn babies born in the U.S. in the fall of 2004. They screened for more than 400 chemicals, and an astounding 287 toxins were detected within the umbilical cord blood of these newborns.”  – HuffPost  


Maybe you don’t use many products but when you count up the ‘basics’ you might be surprised at the number you actually consume.

Think about the products most people use on a daily basis….

Shower gel







Shave Gel


Hand cream


Using a variety of products – we can be consuming a veritable cocktail of chemicals!

When it comes to our health and wellbeing, and that of our babies, it’s important to educate ourselves on the basics – forewarned is forearmed! 

So what are some of the  chemicals present in most products on the market?

Parabens.  Products can be on the shelf for up to 9 years and need preservatives which are called ‘parabens’.  Evidence suggests that Parabens can affect our health 

Here is an article on the potential link between parabens and breast cancer. 


SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulphate) a cheap foaming agent and Mineral oil (think baby oil) ‘a distillation product of petroleum, especially one used as a lubricant, moisturiser, or laxative’.

Mineral Oil is used as a cheap filler to bulk up products so you think you’re getting more for your money. 


I take my health and my family’s health seriously, and always buy products that are not only safe but truly nourish me and my loved ones, inside and out.

Is it time to become more conscious of what you are using? Is it time to check your labels?

I use products that are good for people and good to the planet.  If you’re keen to really nourish yourself mind, body and skin check out my link and let me know how I can help you

Here’s to healthy humans everywhere!!

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