What is up with pregnancy BO? No matter how much you wash and spritz, you just can't shake that musty scent. You haven't smelled this rancid since you were a teen. Whether it's the hormonal changes (probably), the increased sweating (definitely) or just your own heightened sense of smell, you Have. To. Do. Something. Now.

But lady, this is not the time to turn to the toxic stuff. We know, we know. You've been down this road of natural deodorants before. You've sworn off aluminum, artificial fragrances and baking soda. You've researched the online reviews for the best natural deodorants, but come to find that they’re all quite mixed. You've ordered a few to try. But when the slightest amount of sweat formed on your body as you waited on a steaming subway platform, you realized that you reeked. So you gave up, went back to the drugstore and bought another regular antiperspirant and deodorant. But...not this time. Not during pregnancy, not when every toxin counts, for you and that growing baby.


Finding a natural deodorant that actually works for your body chemistry is unfortunately all about trial and error. What works for one person’s body won’t necessarily work for another, and you may have strange reactions when trying out new ones. When you’re pregnant, it can become even more of a challenge because not only do you need to avoid a lot of the ingredients that come in standard deodorant, but also many in natural deodorants as well. Since so much changes in your body when you are pregnant, you could possibly have a bad reaction to baking soda, a common ingredient in natural deodorants. I once had my armpits straight-up turn BLACK and then start to peel while trying a new deodorant that had baking soda.

Unfortunately, I’m not going to make your life particularly easier because you just need to try them until you find one that works for you. But here is a list of effective, affordable, natural deodorants without PEG 20, propylene glycol, triclosan, or synthetic fragrances that you can try in your darkest deodorant hour.

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When I was expecting my first child, I wanted to know everything that could possibly be in store for his first year.

I quizzed my own mom and the friends who ventured into motherhood before I did. I absorbed parenting books and articles like a sponge. I signed up for classes on childbirth, breastfeeding and even baby-led weaning. My philosophy? The more I knew, the better.

Yet, despite my best efforts, I didn't know it all. Not by a long shot. Instead, my firstborn, my husband and I had to figure it out together—day by day, challenge by challenge, triumph by triumph.


The funny thing is that although I wanted to know it all, the surprises—those moments that were unique to us—were what made that first year so beautiful.

Of course, my research provided a helpful outline as I graduated from never having changed a diaper to conquering the newborn haze, my return to work, the milestones and the challenges. But while I did need much of that tactical knowledge, I also learned the value of following my baby's lead and trusting my gut.

I realized the importance of advice from fellow mamas, too. I vividly remember a conversation with a friend who had her first child shortly before I welcomed mine. My friend, who had already returned to work after maternity leave, encouraged me to be patient when introducing a bottle and to help my son get comfortable with taking that bottle from someone else.

Yes, from a logistical standpoint, that's great advice for any working mama. But I also took an incredibly important point from this conversation: This was less about the act of bottle-feeding itself, and more about what it represented for my peace of mind when I was away from my son.

This fellow mama encouraged me to honor my emotions and give myself permission to do what was best for my family—and that really set the tone for my whole approach to parenting. Because honestly, that was just the first of many big transitions during that first year, and each of them came with their own set of mixed emotions.

I felt proud and also strangely nostalgic as my baby seamlessly graduated to a sippy bottle.

I felt my baby's teething pain along with him and also felt confident that we could get through it with the right tools.

I felt relieved as my baby learned to self-soothe by finding his own pacifier and also sad to realize how quickly he was becoming his own person.

As I look back on everything now, some four years and two more kids later, I can't remember the exact day my son crawled, the project I tackled on my first day back at work, or even what his first word was. (It's written somewhere in a baby book!)

But I do remember how I felt with each milestone: the joy, the overwhelming love, the anxiety, the exhaustion and the sense of wonder. That truly was the greatest gift of the first year… and nothing could have prepared me for all those feelings.

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