What beauty treatments should you avoid during pregnancy?
It is understandable that during your pregnancy, you may want to look beautiful but still ensure that your unborn child is safe and healthy. Pregnancy is such a delicate period that you cannot do anything you feel like even if it is necessarily good. There are beauty treatments that you need to completely avoid if you want to keep you and your baby safe. They include:
1. Tanning beds
Tanning beds are not recommended for anyone let alone pregnant women. Tanning beds can cause you to overheat and put your baby at risk. In addition, you may put yourself at risk of developing skin cancer. Furthermore, you may develop dark patches around your face and body, a condition referred to as melasma. Opt for a doctor-permitted self-tanner if you intend to restore your glow. Find out more information about different methods of tanning during pregnancy here.
2. Hot tubs, saunas, and steam baths
Any beauty treatment that you choose should not increase your body temperature beyond 102.2 degrees. Such high temperatures can get dangerous for you and your baby. There is no denying that saunas and hot tubs are relaxing but they can cause your body temperature to rise in only a few minutes. It is also important to avoid soaking in water that makes you sweat or makes your skin turn pink. Click here to read more about hot baths during pregnancy.
Piercings are a good way to accessories but let them be a reserve for women who are not expectant. Your pregnancy outs your immune system at a sensitive low such that a piercing could easily cause an infection. It may never heal and there is nothing you want to avoid during pregnancy as much as an infection. Whether it is of the ears, nose or belly button, stay away from piercings till you give birth.
Botox is not recommended for pregnant women as per the Food and Drug Administration. Despite its use for cosmetic reasons, it is still a drug.
5. Permanent make-up
As a pregnant woman, you should not consider permanent make up. Wait till after you give birth. They are fine for new moms but not for pregnant moms.
6. Tooth whitening
Tooth whitening is not recommended for either breastfeeding or pregnant women. The hormone changes in pregnancy often affect gum tissue. This can lead to a condition known as “pregnancy gingivitis” where the gums become swollen, tender or even bleeding gums. Tooth whitening uses a bleach that can aggravate the situation. Practice general hygiene such as brushing and flossing to maintain your bright white smile. Stay away from tooth whitening.
The pain from tattooing can cause stress on your body or even an infection. Although there are certified tattoo artists who work with pregnant women, there is absolutely no need to put your health at risk.
8. Body wraps
Body wrapping involves wrapping the body with hot towels or wraps in specific body areas to melt away the fat. You should avoid body wraps because it increases body temperatures beyond 98.6°F, posing a serious threat to your baby.
It is important to look good and feel good. But it is more important to stay healthy for your sake and that of your baby. Don’t risk it. It is not worth it.
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