The Ingredient in Bug Spray That Pregnant People Should Avoid, Plus 7 Expert-Approved Brands That Are Safe
If you’re expecting, you’re probably spending quite a lot of time and energy focusing on what you should be doing to ensure a healthy pregnancy. While many things are out of our control when it comes to our health during pregnancy, there are many things we can be doing to keep things as on track as possible. And that includes finding a pregnancy-safe bug spray to protect yourself from mosquitos and avoid absorbing harmful chemicals.
In addition to eating and drinking all the right things—nutritious foods, prenatals, and, of course, non-alcoholic beverages—it’s also important to be mindful of what you put *on* your body. Yep—it’s not only what goes into your body that can have an affect on your growing baby. The products we use on our bodies eventually end up inside our bodies, which, by extension, also means that our developing babies are potentially affected by anything we use on our bodies, explains Canada-based naturopathic doctor Sarah Connors, ND.
“As a product is absorbed through the skin, it will usually end up in our blood stream and then get shared with a growing baby via the placenta and/or umbilical cord,” she says. “Keeping in mind that any products we use can end up getting shared with our unborn children makes it that much more important to be aware of the ingredients in that product.”
July 20, 2022
Outdoor Life: Do You Really Need a Water Filter for Backpacking and Mountain Hunting?
While DEET products may be more familiar by name and their chemical smell, sprays with 20 percent picaridin, like Sawyer Products, offer comparable protection without the harsh odor and oily feeling on your skin.
The Sawyer Squeeze was (by far) the most common Pacific Crest Trail water filter this year – for the fifth year in a row. It’s a $39, 3 oz / 85 g hollow fiber filter that rids your drinking water of protozoa and bacteria (and floaties). It can be used with Sawyer bags (included with the filter) or with compatible water bottles (Smartwater is the bottle of choice for many hikers).
SAWYER MINI WATER FILTER, $22 This has been my water filter of choice for years now. The bags can be iffy — I have had a few break – so carry a couple. However, the filter itself is reliable, light and inexpensive. -Logan