Safe Beauty During Pregnancy

Before you got pregnant, you may have had a certain routine in place for taking care of your hair and skin. Now that you are pregnant, your hair and skin may be acting differently than usual. Also, many doctors advise their pregnant patients to forego some hair and skin treatments during their pregnancy and while breastfeeding. If you are curious about which beauty treatments are safe during pregnancy and which will have to wait until later, read on.

Regular hair cuts, complete with a shampoo and blow dry are just fine. If your hair starts acting oddly after the pregnancy test comes back positive, it might be time for a new hairstyle that is better suited to your hair’s current texture. For example, some pregnant women find that their hair is drier than usual or more frizzy.

Perms, straightening treatments, and other chemically intensive salon processes are likely to be on your doctor’s list of things to avoid, especially during the delicate first trimester. Depending upon how your pregnancy is going and your doctor’s views on how safe other salon procedures are, you may be cleared for vegetable based hair dyes, highlights, or ammonia free colors.

As far as other beauty treatments are concerned, be aware that eyelash growing treatments like Latisse and its over the counter counterparts have not yet been tested for safety during pregnancy. Excess body hair growth is a common pregnancy complaint, but not all hair removal methods are safe during pregnancy. Shave and pluck away without fear, and even wax if your skin will tolerate it. However, electrolysis, lasers, depilatories, and other chemical treatments are not advisable.

While I have read that it is safe to get your nails done during pregnancy, you may want to skip the salon. The harsh chemical smells are probably not very healthy and at the very least could make you feel nauseous. Opt for polishing your nails at home, enlisting the aid of a helpful husband or friend if you can not reach your toes. You may even want to check out some of the eco friendly nail polishes that are made with fewer chemicals, just to be on the safe side.

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