Beauty Treatment: What’s safe and what’s not? Pregnancy is stressful, unleashes the "mumzilla" in us and the weighing machine is definitely not helping. Reward yourself with a beauty trip to the hair salon, or relax with facial sessions to get that pregnancy glow going! If you’ve heard rumours about these pampering sessions causing harm to your unborn baby, we are here to bust those myths!
With nail design being so popular these days, it is hard to resist. But we can’t help worrying if those harsh chemicals will cause birth defects. Truth is, you need massive, long-term exposure to the fumes and products before a problem arises. Also, your nail bed cannot absorb these chemicals so bi-monthly sessions are fine. Just make sure the saloon is well-ventilated and ask for a window or door seat if you are feeling nauseous. Alternatively, there are polish brands that are safe for pregnancy, so speak to your manicurists.
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Chemicals can be absorbed through the scalp so avoid bleaching. Go for highlights as chemicals are not applied directly to the scalp. For hair treatments and full hair colouring, wait till your second or third trimesters when your baby’s organ are fully developed -- to minimize any risk. If the saloon offers natural vegetable dye or organic brands, go for it!
The advice given by dentist is that the anaesthetic may cause your baby’s heart to relax or stop completely -- a miscarriage. This said, if your wisdom tooth is infected and requires urgent surgery, a specialized dentist will have to carry it out due to the high risk. Close monitoring is required to make sure the baby is kept alive when administering any form of anaesthesia and a specialty shield is provided when doing x-ray.
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5. “Go for facial treatment to get that pregnancy glow!” The so-called pregnancy glow is very subjective. While some are blessed with good skin during this period, some may need a little assistance. Depending on individual’s skin changes during this period, a facial treatment can help adjust to changes in skin texture and moisture. Do bear in mind that your skin is more sensitive now. Skip the more “premium” products created by the salon and go for the more organic choices such as cucumber mask. And remember to speak to your beautician about the use of any machinery as the electrical pulse might affect you. Other than that, you are good to go!
3. “Just use any of your regular creams and lotions during pregnancy” “Everything you apply may affect not only you, but also your unborn baby,” says our dermatologist. Some topical ingredients can get absorbed into the bloodstream, so be extra vigilant when selecting a beauty product. For example, Retinoid, which is found in antiaging moisturizers, is a vitamin that speeds up cell division for a quicker skin renewal. This form of vitamin A can be harmful to an unborn child.
4. “Anaesthetic during tooth extraction will cause my baby to sleep or die” Sadly, your wisdom tooth is here to stay for now.
2. “Don’t dye your hair! The chemical will enter your body through your scalp!”
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One of the biggest concern for mums-to-be is stretch marks. While searching high and low for a good cream, always check the label and ensure it is safe to use during pregnancy.
1. “Manicure & pedicure are a big NO!”
6. “Don’t wax! The pain can cause contractions!” Waxing while expecting is totally fine -- unless it is your virgin experience. The intense pain on your first visit can prompt contractions. But if you have done it multiple times before, a Brazilian job before labour can minimize bacterial transfer to your baby.
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