Pregnant? There’s No Better Time to Go Organic

Organic fruit

What’s up with all the organic talk, you ask? Well, “organic” is more than a hippy-dippy term used by grocery stores to attract the health-nut set. In fact, choosing to go organic means deciding to consume food that is grown in the most natural way possible, that is, without the chemicals used to produce most conventional meats, produce, grain and dairy – think pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics and synthetic hormones. Yuck.

If you’ve been thinking about adding organic foods to your diet, pregnancy is a pretty great time to do so. The cleaner your lifestyle – and clean extends past not drinking and smoking – the better chance your little one has to be as strong and healthy as possible.

I’m all for making healthy choices, but I’m also all for being realistic. The good news about going organic is that you don’t have to change every part of your diet right away. Any shifts you make in an organic direction will benefit you and your baby. And some foods are more important to put on the organic list than others.

If you can choose organic when purchasing these three foods, you’ll be on your way to a healthier diet, which is better for you – and better for baby.

Beef

Grass-fed cattle — vs. cattle raised on genetically modified grain – has been found to be leaner than conventional beef and is also higher in pregnancy-friendly Omega-3s (Omega-3s play a key role in a growing baby’s brain development).

Milk

Milk sourced from organically raised cows is produced without all the extraneous – and toxic – stuff found in conventional dairy: antibiotics, synthetic hormones and pesticides.


Apples

A good rule when considering what produce to buy organic: Consider the skin. If you eat the skin of a fruit or veggie, it’s probably best to spring for organic, as that’s where pesticides and herbicides are sprayed. Produce that has a peel – bananas, oranges, avocados – are safer conventional options. That puts apples (and strawberries, blueberries, potatoes and celery) at the top of the go organic list.