We’re sure you’ve heard to skip the alcohol, deli meats and sushi during pregnancy – but do you know which of your beauty products and regimes you should take a nine-month break from too?
It’s time to get friendly with the ingredients label on your favourite skincare and beauty products, and to start flagging your pregnancy with each of your beauty therapists. Below are a number of changes to take into consideration. If there’s anything in particular you’re concerned about, speak with your midwife or obstetrician.
While it is generally considered safe to dye your hair during pregnancy, there are a number of factors to consider. The first three months of your pregnancy are when baby is most at risk from the chemicals you are exposed to. So, if you’re not desperate to dye, it might be a good idea to hold off until after your first trimester. Secondly, during pregnancy your hair may not react to the dye in the same way it usually does. Try using a test patch first before continuing to the rest of your hair.
If you do choose to dye your hair, it’s a good idea to minimise your contact with the chemicals. You can do this by wearing gloves, leaving the dye on for the minimum amount of time, making sure the room is well ventilated, or considering ‘highlighting’ your hair so that the dye doesn’t touch your scalp.
Commonly used in skin care to help fight acne, salicylic acid may be one to watch in pregnancy, depending on how you use it. Whilst it is considered safe to use over-the-counter topical salicylic acid products, you should discontinue use of any prescription salicylic acid products, especially oral medications, until you have spoken with your obstetrician or midwife.
It is recommended that pregnant women skip the acrylic nails because of the considerable amount of chemicals involved in applying, filing and removing the nails. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip the manicure altogether! Just opt for DBP-free and formaldehyde-free polish, and ask for a seat in a well-ventilated area to avoid the fumes.
Acupuncture and massage
Many pregnant women find it enjoyable to have an acupuncture or massage session to relax and ease body aches during pregnancy. While it is considered safe to do so, it is important that you tell your therapist you are pregnant as they may need to adjust their technique for you, such as avoiding abdominal massage or certain acupuncture points during your first trimester.
Due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, your skin becomes more sensitive to the sun. As such, it is important that you wear a high SPF sunscreen and try to stay out of the sun if possible to avoid sunburn. It is advisable to opt for physical blocks rather than chemical sunscreens, and avoid products containing oxybenzone, homosalate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor, octocrylene and para-aminobenzoic acid.
Some pregnant women find essential oils helpful for relieving nausea, backache or swollen ankles. It is safe to use some essential oils, such as lavender and geranium oil, as long as you are careful with which type and how much you use. Because safety studies in humans are generally lacking, it is often recommended that pregnant women avoid nutmeg, rosemary, basil, jasmine and clary sage, sage and rose, and juniper berry oils. If you are a fan of essential oils, it’s best to speak with your midwife or obstetrician about what is safe.
For extra guidance on a safe pregnancy beauty routine, you should speak with your midwife or obstetrician. If you are yet to meet with one of our midwives, you can book a free, no-obligation initial consultation today to see if Hatch may be right for you. Simply call us on 3332 1950, or request an appointment online.