The list of things that are safe and not safe during pregnancy can seem daunting and endless, specially if this is your first pregnancy.
Here is a simplified breakdown of beauty products and routines that you are better off avoiding during those 9 months.
1. Hair Colouring
This one may be a biggie if you have grays. Most hair dye products on the market contain PPD and formaldehyde, substances known to cause birth defects and cancer.
2. Hair Treatments or Sprays
This includes smoothening, keratin or any hair treatments as most of them contain formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen, and frankly not great for your system or the baby’s.
3. Bikini waxing
This is a personal choice for most. But many women find that pregnancy by itself, increases the sensations of pain and skin sensitivity. That along with an increased blood flow means that removing the coarser hair along the bikini line can be quite painful.
4. Anti-aging cream
During pregnancy you may way to give anti-aging products a miss, as they contain Vitamin A or Retinol that are on the list of substances are best avoided.
Thought you could get away from the anti-aging products by just going in for a quick fix? Think again!
Botox or Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by a bacterium, that you just don’t want to take a chance with.
6. Anti-marks and Pimple creams
Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in pimple or blemish creams is not great for your growing fetus.
Anti-prespirants contain Aluminum chloride hexahydrate. A potent ingredient that affects the cells that produce sweat. So its best to avoid along with any product with strong fragrance.
8. Essential oils
Essential oils can induce pregnancy. Some commonly used oils that are best avoided include peppermint, basil, citronella, jasmine, marjoram, rose and rosemary.
9. Massage by a un-trained therapist
Massage during pregnancy can offer such an amazing relief from those aching joints. But remember to go for a specialized pre-natal massage on customized tables with space for your growing belly. Remember that the therapist should be trained and aware that certain points around your ankle can induce contractions and that any pressure on your stomach area is to be strictly avoided.
10. Nail polishes or lipsticks
Many brands of nail polish or lipsticks contain a host of chemical ingredients including lead which are not good for pregnancy. If you just can’t do without a manicure, avoid eating with hands, and go for brands like OPI and Sally Hansen that are free of formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP.
Aside from this certain sunscreens, sprays, hair removal creams and products that contain parabens are harmful and best avoided. Often even products labelled ‘natural’ may contain a host of chemical products, so don’t forget to check the label.
I am currently 32 weeks pregnant and follow a beauty regime where I avoid as many beauty products as I can, while changing the products that are a part of day to day my beauty routine.
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