The cosmetics industry and the industry of non-surgical cosmetic treatments has evolved greatly in the past few decades. Very many brands have started to invest more and more in research with the purpose of obtaining products with as few side effects as possible, that are environmental friendly and least aggressive with the human body. So you should meet no difficulties in finding products that are safe if you want do dye your hair, for example, do some nail painting or put on some mascara. If you make smart choices, read the labels carefully and do your homework, your daily care and beauty ritual should not suffer too much during the nine months of pregnancy. If anything, maybe you’ll even introduce a step or two, such as massaging the areas of your body that are now predisposed to stretch marks. Talk to your doctor about it and he/she can make the best recommendations in this regard.
However, there are a few beauty procedures that you should definitely avoid while pregnant. As a general rule, avoid using products that contain any harsh chemicals, even if their labels don’t say specifically that they should not be used by pregnant women, and stay away from any procedure that can raise your body’s temperature. Overheating in pregnancy can happen very fast and it can have serious effects on you and your baby. During the first trimester overheating can cause miscarriage. Also, research has shown that a temperature of over 39 degrees Celsius during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects in the fetus such as fetal growth retardation, neural abnormality and even intrauterine death.
The rule “better safe than sorry” applies amazingly well in this case, so don’t take any risks. Love to embrace your beautiful pregnant self and, most importantly, whenever in doubt, give your doctor a call.
- Avoid any type of artificial tanning!
According to FDA, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the World Health Organization, concluded that tanning devices that emit UV radiation are more dangerous than previously thought. So dangerous, that today these devices are placed into the highest cancer risk category: “carcinogenic to humans.” And while there aren’t any clear indications that artificial tanning beds can directly affect the fetus, they can certainly affect the mother, and in more than one way:
– In an artificial tanning bed you ca easily get overheated and that can be dangerous both for you and your baby, especially (but not exclusively) in the first trimester of the pregnancy;
– Laying on your back reduces blood flow to the heart and, implicitly, to the fetus. You can feel weak and dizzy;
– And, finally, your skin is far more sensitive during pregnancy and exposing it to UV rays can cause the appearance of dark spots.
Don’t apply self-tanner either, as it can contain some harsh chemicals. For at least nine months, simply enjoy being a white beauty!
2. Body wraps
Sure, they’re amazing and you always leave the saloon after having one feeling like a newly born baby, with soft, velvety skin. But, during pregnancy, any type of body wrap is forbidden. That because it can raise your body temperature. For the same reasons, avoid taking hot baths, going to the sauna and hot waxing.
3. Teeth whitening procedures
While it is true that there isn’t enough evidence that teeth whitening is dangerous during pregnancy, there isn’t enough evidence that it’s safe, either. What we do know, though, is that hydrogen peroxide, a substance usually used for teeth whitening, can damage cells and tissues. Also, these type of procedures usually tend to leave your teeth sensitive for a while. But, as your teeth are most likely already sensitive due to the pregnancy, this can easily turn into a really unpleasant side effect. So try to avoid any type of teeth whitening procedure during pregnancy and a few months after, while you’re breastfeeding. In the meanwhile, try to avoid the foods and drinks that can stain your teeth or make them go yellow.
4. Avoid retinoid treatments for skin problems such as acne or wrinkles
According to the European Medicines Agency, retinoid medicines, used mainly to treat conditions affecting the skin such as severe acne, are harmful to the unborn baby if taken during pregnancy. Topical (applied to the skin) retinoids are less likely to cause harm to the unborn child. However, as a precaution, they must not be used during pregnancy and by women planning to have a baby.
Ask your doctor about the possibility of using essential oils and other natural treatments to prevent and treat acne and wrinkles.
5. Adjust your mani-pedi routine
During pregnancy, your immune system is weakened. This is a natural and efficient measure your body takes in order to prevent your organism from rejecting the fetus. But it also means that you should be extra careful in avoiding any infection. Don’t necessarily give up on doing your manicure or pedicure, but avoid cutting your callouses and cuticles.