Which Beauty Treatments are safe during pregnancy?

Safe Beauty Treatments during Pregnancy

Many expectant women take advantage of this time to be pampered and their partners choose to indulge them. Whatever you need, you may actually get away with it during pregnancy. Many beauty treatments are safe for you and your baby.

These treatments include:

1. Facials

When it comes to unclogging your pores, clearing up blemishes or just giving your face a lift, a facial is perfect. Fortunately or unfortunately, your skin is extra sensitive during pregnancy so some products you would have used before you were pregnant may cause some irritation and rashes.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists says that products containing glycolic, salicylic or azelaic acids are safe to use. However, those containing retinoids are not safe. Wait till after you give birth.


2. Hair removal

Electrolysis has not been proven to be safe so many doctors prefer that expectant women skip this form of hair removal altogether. If your doctor allows you to, then opt for thermolysis rather than galvanic electrolysis. The latter sends current through your body which is not so good for your unborn child. Electrolysis should not be used for hair removal around the nipples, belly or bikini area. Laser hair removal is not recommended either.

The safer alternative is waxing. Due to the increased sensitivity of your skin, you will get more irritated than usual. This can result in a sting or an infection. To avoid this, apply an antiseptic lotion prior to and after waxing.

3. Massages

Massages are so useful in relieving body aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Nevertheless, they should be performed by an adequately trained masseur who specializes in prenatal massage. Lie in a pregnant-friendly position. Don’t lie on your back. Lie on your side, propped up by pillows. Speak out about the ideal pressure for you and let the masseur avoid acupressure points that can trigger contractions.

Lavender, chamomile, eucalyptus, tea tree and neroli are some of the safest massage oils during pregnancy. Avoid rosemary, tarragon, pennyroyal, basil, aniseed and sage because they can trigger contractions. If you are not overly sensitive to smell, consider aromatherapy.

4. Manicures and pedicure

Manicures and pedicures are quite safe as long as they are done in a well-ventilated room due to the fumes nail polishes produce.

5. Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help treat headaches and backaches. Moreover, it is safe for use during pregnancy.

6. Spray-on tans

Many salons offer the spray-on tans or “airbrush” tans. They are safe for external use during pregnancy. But you should take precautions like covering your eyes, mouth, nose, and ears as you spray. If a salon does not do that then you should go to another one that does. Read more information about safe tanning during pregnancy here.

7. Highlighting

Dyeing and coloring hair is quite safe during pregnancy and has not been shown to cause any harmful effects to unborn babies. With highlighting, the dye does not come into direct contact with your scalp which means that your body cannot absorb any chemicals. Read more information about dyeing your hair during pregnancy here.

Don’t go overboard with beauty treatments. Just do the necessary. Maintain clean hygiene throughout and stay simple. Remember that it’s not just about you anymore.


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