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In order to be labeled “organic” the food product has to pass federal regulations. The food has to have been grown in soil that hasn't been treated with pesticides, artificial fertilizers, etc.
If your goal is to go completely organic both for you and your unborn child, there are a few things you should think about:
1) How accessible are organic foods in your area? It used to be that organic foods were only found at small family-owned farmer markets, but now major grocery chains are dedicating whole sections to organic foods.
2) Are you going to go completely organic, or just as organic as you can? The reality is, as your child grows and heads out into the world (school, birthday parties, recreational activities, etc.) there's going to be more opportunities to eat non-organic food than you can imagine. Are you going to be okay with that?
3) Are you going to start eating nothing but organic food right away? If you haven't started already, are you going to focus all of your food choices on organic food so that when you're breastfeeding, no chemicals are passed onto the baby?
4) Are your choices going to be limited to organic food products, or are you going to consider buying all natural personal products as well?
You see? It's not as simple as just immediately switching to organic foods and products. Of course it can be done! You just have to do a little soul searching to ensure your choices are right for you.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|