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Top Picks for Natural, Nourishing Body-Care Products

Rachel O'Reilly

If you’ve recently found out that you are pregnant, or are thinking of conceiving, it’s a good idea to be conscientious of not only what products you are putting into your body, but on it as well.

In a recent post on natural lubricants for sex we talked about the negative effects of parabens in beauty products and even lubes. Also, our mother and life expert Courtney Ward introduced ways to upgrade your household products with non-toxic cleaning products. In this very precious time in your life, why not take the extra step and replace some of those potentially harmful moisturizers, body washes, shampoos and conditioners, and deodorant as well? Below you will see some wonderful products that are organic, paraben-free, and some of my favorite things to recommend for expectant mothers, or anyone who just wants to get rid of those toxins in their bathroom cabinet.

To be used always:

  • Dr. Bronners Fair Trade & Organic Castile Soap - Rose, Lavender, and Original are all wonderful and serve as multi-purpose soap and body wash (for men and women).

  • Mother’s Special Blend - This skin toning oil is a great every-day moisturizer and can help prevent stretch marks.

  • Shampoo and Conditioner - There are many options for paraben-free shampoo and conditioner out there! It’s best to give a some a try based off the reviews and your hair type and find what works best for you. Check the ingredients for words you recognize, and avoid products containing things like methylparaben, propylparaben, and butylparaben.

  • The Healthy DeodorantWeleda Wild Rose Deodorant Spray, Schmidt’s - Underarm odor is a valid fear, and a subject many don’t want to talk about or compromise on. But you should disregard the concerns around many ingredients in conventional deodorants and antiperspirants. I’ve tried every natural deodorant out there and these are my favorite three. Don’t be afraid to take risks and give some of these a try, and stick with one that you end up falling in love with!

  • Coconut Oil - As we mentioned, coconut oil makes a great natural lubricant, but it’s also a wonderful moisturizer and even makeup remover. What isn’t coconut oil good for?!

Postpartum musts:

  • After Birth Sitzbath - When your body is recovering from birth, a warm Sitzbath soak can be a lifesaver for nourishing your “wounds.” Sitzbath is a formulation of herbs and natural salts that help restore your body’s delicate tissues.

  • Madela Nipple Shields - A must-have product you should add to your baby registry, as it can take some time for your nipples to get used to your newborn’s suckle.

  • Organic Nipple Balm - Another important product to use when you have cracked or chapped nipples. Why organic? Because your baby will soon be needing to feed again, and you won’t want to wash your sore nipples off each time.

Having natural products is good for your own health, but once you bring a baby into the equation, it’s even more important. When you are breastfeeding and holding your baby as much as you will be in the first few years of his/her life, the products you put on your skin are what you will be putting on your baby’s skin as well.

Did we miss any must-have pre- or postpartum natural products? Let us know your faves in the comments!