How To Get Pregnant? Avoid these 5 Chemicals

woman wondering how to get pregnant as she looks at pregnancy test stickHow to get pregnant? The answer used to be simple. But with nearly 40% more women reporting difficulty getting pregnant than 30 years ago, the stakes have changed. It seems like new information comes out every day that impacts the question of how to get pregnant. One recent study found exposure to fracking chemicals could lower sperm count in mice. Others make the connection between infertility and Teflon chemicals, now found in 99% of Americans. More and more, these studies are looking at extremely low levels of toxic chemicals—still considered “non-toxic” by our government–and their impact on human reproduction. I’m not a scientist, but if I was thinking about how to get pregnant, I would avoid these five chemicals because they have repeatedly been linked to infertility. [Read more…]

Mommy Greenest Guide to Natural Parenting & Pregnancy

natural parent couple with small baby on beachOnce upon a time I was queried by an author who was looking for eco experts to comment on a book she was writing about natural parenting. She wanted to know how to plant a garden for a new eater so that the little veggies would come up at the same time as the child’s budding incisors. And here’s what I thought: What the f*ck?!? Has this woman even had a child? [Read more…]

Pediatricians Cut Monsanto’s Cord

Proof positive that one woman can change the world: Mamavation and Shiftcon founder Leah Segedie recently helped the American Academy of Pediatrics to cut sponsorship ties with Monsanto, which manufactures the carcinogenic pesticide glyphosate and is facing multiple lawsuits from farm workers as its stock prices plummet. [Read more…]

MG #Pregnancy Tips @MindBodyGreen

“The irony of pregnancy is that the actual 40 weeks is referred to as “nine months.” This is an especially bitter pill to swallow in the last few weeks, when you may be inclined to remind friends, family and even strangers that, technically, you have been pregnant for 10 whole months. But the reality is that the first few weeks, which doctors count as part of the 40, actually take place before you’re even pregnant. Since what goes into your body is crucial to the healthy development of your baby, it’s super important to eat healthy (and follow certain other pieces of health protocol) even before you’re pregnant. These seven steps are a great way to start.” Thanks so much for sharing my 7 Simple Healthy Habits for Pregnant Women, MindBodyGreen!

MG Healthy Pregnancy Tips on Elephant Journal

“There was a time when doctors told pregnant mothers it was okay to smoke and drink alcohol because their babies were protected by the placenta. Obviously, now we know that a Mad Men style pregnancy is not the way to go. But we’re still learning about how to protect our babies in utero.” Thanks for featuring my healthy pregnancy tips, Elephant Journal!

Mommy Greenest Pregnancy Book (Video)


Eight years ago, I sat down with my infant daughter* in one hand and a pen in the other, and wrote a note designed to be read by my three children when they were old enough to become parents. That barely-decipherable scribble became a book full of notes about pregnancy and parenting. Eventually, those notes became a manuscript. And now, that manuscript has become a pregnancy book: The Mommy Greenest Guide to Pregnancy, Birth & Beyond. You can click here to read it for free or order a hard copy! [Read more…]

Five Chemicals Linked to Male Infertility

brunette couple in bed he is sleeping she is looking at a pregnancy test and frowningMost of us spend so much time trying not to get pregnant that we expect it to happen immediately when we’re ready got start a family. But for about 12% of American women, pregnancy doesn’t happen so easily. And the infertility problem is on the rise: Nearly 40% more women report difficulty getting pregnant than 30 years ago. 

Why? No one really knows. In 2011, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, attributed many cases of infertility to disease, lifestyle and congenital factors, but could identify no specific cause for infertility in 20% of couples. In the past, I’ve written about studies showing links between female infertility and non-stick chemicals. But a new study is the first to link male infertility to low levels of chemicals commonly found in food, household and personal care products. [Read more…]

3 Questions to Ask if You’re Pregnant

doctor puts stethoscope on pregnant bellyPregnant? Get ready for the god complex. Every mom I know talks about the saint that delivered her baby. The doctor’s word is taken as law, and heaven forbid your birth partner suggest otherwise. But are you and your doctor truly in sync?

In 2012, a University of San Francisco study of more than 2,000 obstetricians and gynecologists nationwide found that although they routinely discuss smoking, alcohol, diet and weight gain, most doctors do not warn their patients about environmental hazards as related to pregnancy. [Read more…]