Beauty Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy

When you’re pregnant, your mind is at a million places. You only have 9 months before you introduce a small person into the world and you have so much to do. Many times in the whirlwind of pregnancy, beauty may be the last thing on your mind, but not so fast. You can still look beautiful and pamper yourself, but before you do, there are some precautions to think about.

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Dont’s

It is known that the chemicals a pregnant mother is exposed to during her pregnancy can affect her unborn child, especially during the first trimester of life.

Tanning

Tanning beds are not a good option because of the high temperatures and the UV ray exposure.  Chemical tanning (self-tanning) may be a safer option due to the fact that the active ingredient, Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is not absorbed through the skin.  However, some studies have shown that DHA may be mutagenic and can cause primary DNA damage, even though there is no test data yet available. The best thing to do is go outside and get some free vitamin D from the sun’s rays.

Hair dying

Most doctors believe hair dyes are not harmful to the womb.  There still may be some doctors that will advise you to wait until your second trimester to dye your hair.  If you are worried, highlighting your hair may be a safe alternative since this procedure does not touch your scalp.ThinkstockPhotos-526256657

Anti-wrinkle creams

Many anti-wrinkle creams contain retinol which has been linked to birth defects.  It is believed that it may be related to miscarriage or impaired growth.

Whitening teeth

The active ingredient in teeth whiteners is safe for adults.  However, since doctors are not sure how these substances affect babies, it’s wise to avoid teeth whitening products.  Whitening toothpaste is a safe alternative.