When you first find out that you're pregnant, you may be wondering how you should change your diet in the best interest of you and your baby. There has often been debate about whether going organic is the right decision and if it's actually beneficial - but regardless of what experts say, it may be smart move during pregnancy.
First of all, it's important for any person - expecting or not - to pay attention to what the term "organic" means and how it differs from produce that is conventionally grown. If you placed both an organic and a conventionally farmed apple side by side, they most likely look exactly alike, contain the same nutrients and give that sweet flavor you love so much.
However, farmers who grow organically don't use conventional methods to fertilize, control weeds or prevent livestock disease, according to the Mayo Clinic. Some key differences include that organic farmers tend to use natural fertilizers, spray pesticides from environmentally safe sources, use environmentally-generated plant-killing compounds, give animals organic feed and allow them access to the outdoors. These methods are done instead of using chemical fertilizers, synthetic insecticides, herbicides and giving animals antibiotics, growth hormones and medications.
While there are still chemicals on some organically-grown products, they are safer for both you and your baby, which is why you may consider purchasing them during pregnancy. It may be worth it to spend a little more on groceries for nine months than to risk exposing your little one to unnecessary toxins.
According to Yahoo! Shine, organic food is the cleaner and better option for pregnant women, and can help them avoid diseases at a greater rate and strength compared to conventionally-grown foods.
If you need more reasons to eat organically, you can always do it because it's good for the environment!
Have you ever supported organic farms by eating only produce and meats that came from them? Did you find that it made a difference during pregnancy? Leave your answers in the comments section!