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Watch more How to Help Save the Environment videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/142-How-to-Help-Save-the-Environment Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS Learn how to have a green pregnancy with the help of these guidelines. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Eat right Eat organic fruits and vegetables to limit your exposure to pesticides during pregnancy. Choose grass-fed, organically raised cattle and free-range, organic chicken and eggs to avoid hormones. Eat low-mercury fish like trout, tilapia, and sardines. Tip Non-organic apples, strawberries, potatoes, and spinach have high levels of pesticide residue, even after washing. Step 2: Forgo home improvement If you live in building built before 1978, don't undergo any home improvement projects where lead paint may be disturbed; it's highly toxic. Only use no-VOC paint, which stands for no volatile organic compounds. Don't use wood finishes, glues, or spot removers. Tip To find out how to your home's paint for lead, visit "epa.gov/lead":http://epa.gov/lead/. Step 3: Test the waters Request your water provider's annual drinking-water report for your town, or find it on the Environmental Protection Agency's website at "epa.gov":http://epa.gov/. If the test reveals high levels of chemicals known as trihalomethanes, install a water purifier; high levels may be linked to an increased risk of miscarriage. Install a filter in your showerhead, too, to be really green. Step 4: Don't use air fresheners Don't use commercial air fresheners; one study found that high exposure to them is associated with infant diarrhea and an increase in headaches in mothers. Step 5: Green your home Improve the quality of your indoor air by adding lots of houseplants during pregnancy. Your home will be cheerier and healthier when your baby arrives. Did You Know? The organic baby clothes industry grew by 40 percent in 2005, with sales reaching $40 million.
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