There's no better time than pregnancy to think about creating a healthier environment for your baby and yourself. Even little changes in your home, your behaviours, and your diet will help protect your growing family and the planet your baby will inherit. Here's your one-stop resource for making your pregnancy a greener, more eco-conscious pregnancy.
Insect repellents containing DEET are most effective against ticks (transmitters of Lyme disease) and mosquitoes (carriers of West Nile virus), and they’re safe for babies 2 months and older, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Use a product with 10 percent to 30 percent DEET, and wash it off once inside. Another option: Cutter insect repellent. It contains picaridin, an odorless and nontoxic chemical that has been proven nearly as effective as DEET.