I walked through the doors of a bookstore that was not my own; One where people didn’t know me. This idea, this person who I wanted to be, was pulling at me, and I wanted to be prepared, but I wanted privacy.
I went to the pregnancy section, knowing just where to find it, and I picked up a book that I had discreetly looked at many times before, as I shelved books in the section while working in a bookstore. Holding it now, I knew that this was the guide that would help me to become the best first home for my baby.
I don’t know why, perhaps it was my earliest mothering instinct, but I knew that I wanted to prepare myself, my body, for a healthy pregnancy before I got pregnant. This made sense to me, and it allowed me to step into the role of mama right then, without having to wait for the when the timing was right for us to start our family.
I dove into The Complete Organic Pregnancy and quickly discovered that it was actually the book I’d been looking for to serve as a guide for healthy and non-toxic living. In all the books I had come across (and I discovered new ones daily at my job), I had yet to find such a comprehensive and easy to read book that could help me reduce toxins in my life.
To some, the information in this book might be overwhelming to ingest all at once – there’s a lot of information to take in, and if you can’t make all of the changes, or you feel like you’re supposed to make them all at once, it could increase your anxiety.
For me, it was perfect for where I was on my journey – learning about what to avoid in my bathroom, in my kitchen, around the home, and even in the workplace. Alexandra Zissu and Dierdre Dolan did a wonderful job compiling lists of ingredients to avoid, with explanations of what they are and why they are cause for concern.
Zissu and Dolan take the reader through three sections: Transforming, Growing, and Living. In each section, they talk about food, home and work environments, fitness, wellness, and beauty. Information interjected with stories makes it hard to put down if it is the information you’ve been searching for, as I was.
I am so grateful to have found this book for many reasons:
It jump started my shift to healthier living in a way that was easier than starting with food
It made me feel in control from the start
It awakened my passion for toxins and specifically the role they play during the childbearing years
It was the beginning of my journey to a career that fills me with joy as I support other women
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Peace, Love, and Wellness,
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