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It can be difficult to keep track of every pregnancy safety recommendation. But when it comes to your beauty routine while pregnant, we've got you covered with 6 dos and don'ts to keep you – and your baby – safe.
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6 pregnancy beauty dos and don'ts
Is it safe to use self-tanning lotions during pregnancy?
Yes. The ingredients in self-tanning lotions, creams, and foams are harmless.
Stay away from spray tans. If inhaled, the fumes could enter your bloodstream and affect your developing baby.
Avoid tanning beds. They increase your risk of melanoma, which can spread to the placenta and affect your baby.
Is it safe to dye my hair during pregnancy?
Yes. Researchers haven't found any causes for alarm, but most dyes are chemical substances. Be cautious.
Wait until your second trimester, after the critical stages of baby organ development, to color your hair.
Consider a process in which chemicals have little to no contact with your scalp: streaking, highlighting, painting, frosting.
Coloring your hair at home? Wear gloves and do it in a well-ventilated room.
Is it safe to wear an underwire bra during pregnancy?
Yes. The concern is that the wire could inhibit blood flow and hamper milk production. There's no evidence these are linked.
Some women opt for wire-free bras by the second or third trimester for comfort.
Is it safe to wear Spanx during pregnancy?
Wearing Lycra "shapewear" over your bottom, belly, or thighs won't hurt your baby.
Your baby is well cushioned by the amniotic fluid. Look for maternity shapewear, which will have a more comfortable fit.
Is it safe to get a manicure or pedicure while I'm pregnant?
Yes. Go to a salon that follows recommended practices for hygiene. Ask that your cuticles – which protect the nail bed from bacteria and fungus – not be cut or pushed back.
There's no evidence that the brief exposure to chemicals and fumes in the salon are harmful to your baby. But the smells may make some moms-to-be nauseous.
Is it safe to have electrolysis during pregnancy?
Yes, if you stick with thermolysis. This type of electrolysis doesn't involve an electric current, so it's the preferred process during pregnancy.
In the third trimester, avoid electrolysis (your skin will feel extra tender).
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