Healthy and Fit Pregnancy
Going Organic

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Yes, fresh organic food is definitely better than processed, canned, or conventionally grown products that could have possibly been treated with a cocktail of harmful, hormone-addling chemicals. If they’re not recommendable for a typical person, what more for pregnant women? Everything you eat and drink has a direct impact on your developing fetus as nutrients and chemicals easily cross the placenta to your baby.

 

Organic food is typically what the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) consider grown without any artificial means like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, genetic modification, radiation, hormone enhancers, or antibiotics. They come off a bit pricier than conventionally grown stuff since these kinds of products, including free-range organic meats, are a bit harder to produce. The upside to it is that the fewer chemicals on your food, the fewer possible things that could harm you or your baby at this most critical time.

 

Nevertheless, it still pays to think carefully about the food you’re picking out from the organic section at the grocery or the organic market at the park.

1. Know your labels: Not all products that have the word “Organic” on their main label are created equal. The following list is according to the USDA Organic Seal guidelines:

  • 100-percent organic: contains only organically produced raw or processed products
  • Organic: contains at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients (apart from water and salt).
  • Made with organic ingredients: contains 70 percent organic ingredients
  • Foods with less than 50 percent organic ingredients can only use the “organic” word on a side label listing ingredients

 

2. Shop smart and by expiry dates: Organic food uses less, if any, chemicals and preservatives. This means that they are fresher with more nutrients present. However, they can easily spoil faster. Only get as much produce as you can immediately consume and pay attention to the expiry date on the labels of organic goods.

 

3. Read labels carefully: Organic should be healthy, but make it a point to see if there are any other ingredients that would not make the product any healthier (just pricier) than the non-organic alternatives. “Organic” bread, for example could still be made from a lot of sugar and white flour that defeats the purpose of eating healthy. Always pick good nutritional values over the “organic” label.

4. Safety first: Even without the threat of a chemical binge with every bite, you should still wash all produce thoroughly and completely cook all meat you buy. Bacteria and germs can still be present, so don’t give in to the temptation of just nibbling away on organic fresh-from-the-ground veggies. You’re also supposed to stay away from uncooked meats anyway.

 

Going organic can be quite a challenge because there are cheaper conventionally grown and processed choices everywhere. However, the growing support for organic farmers and free-range meat providers may change all that soon. Organic or not, opt for the healthiest food choices to keep you and your baby at your healthiest and happiest!

 

Photo credits:

http://landmarkreport.com/landmark/2012/09/its-time-to-start-testing-organic-food

 

 


Philippine Association for Childbirth Education

Imagine Nation Photography


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