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pregnancyEvery woman wants to have pampering treatments during pregnancy, but there are treatments to avoid.  Be safe in getting treatments to protect yourself and your child.

Manicures & Pedicures are okay, but expectant mothers may experience nausea from the fumes and the fumes will not hurt mother or baby.  Avoid using nail polish that contain chemicals such as dibutyl phthalate.

Facials are great any anytime.  Hormones will fluctuate and some women may experience melasma (or “pregnancy mask”).  Melasma is hormone-related and should disappear after the child is born.  Avoid treatments such as chemical peels, hot stone therapy and any kind of electrical stimulation

As pregnancy advances, make sure your esthetician uses a bolster under your knees to relieve pressure on the lower back and elevate your head.

Essential Oils – The sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy and some women may be turned off to certain fragrances.  If you are planning pregnancy and while pregnant, essential oils should not be applied topically.  Essential oils absorb into the skin, enters organs, the bloodstream, and can cross the placental barrier.

Waxing – Hair is likely to grow faster during pregnancy because of hormones.  Waxing is safe, but keep in mind the skin may be more sensitive.

Hair Dye and Perms – Hair experts tend to believe that dyes and perms are safe because they do not absorb greatly into the skin.  If this concerns you, doctors recommend you wait until the second or third trimester.

Tattoos and Piercings – If you are considering a tat or piercing, it is best to wait.  There is little information about the effects of tattoo ink on pregnancy.  There is greater concern, however, about contracting hepatitis B and HIV.

Massage is great during pregnancy, but make sure your massage therapist is certified in prenatal massage.

Tanning Beds, Saunas, Steam Rooms and Body Wraps should be avoided during pregnancy, as well as intense sun bathing.  High temperatures from the sun, tanning beds, saunas, steam rooms and body wraps can raise the body’s core temperature and can be harmful to mother and baby.  Body core temperature should not exceed 102.2 F.

Teeth Whitening, whether professional or over-the-counter products, should be avoided.  The mouth has mucus membranes that can carry germs, toxins and product chemicals into the bloodstream.  An at-home substitute:  mash up strawberries and mix with baking soda.  Apply and let stand for 5 minutes, then rinse off teeth.  Strawberries have malic acid that helps to break down stains.

Botox, Restalyn & Juvederm – There is little information available on using these products during pregnancy, but it makes good sense to not get any type of injectables during pregnancy.  The skin on the face goes through several changes during pregnancy not only texturally but can be affected by weight gain and fluid retention.  If you plan to breastfeed, it is best to wait on these treatments until nursing is stopped

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Liao, M. (2015). Popsugar, “The beauty treatments you should (and shouldn’t) get while pregnant”. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from: http://www.popsugar.com/moms/Beauty-Treatments-Avoid-While-Pregnant-37577629