What are the 10 skin care practices to avoid during pregnancy?

What are the 10 skin care practices to avoid during pregnancy?

Taking care of yourself is very important on any given day but especially when you’re expecting. So many changes take place in your body, mood, lifestyle, and behaviour. Sometimes you just want to take a step further and pamper yourself. And when you’re stressed and exhausted nothing sounds better than a body massage. You can just relax and temporarily relieve yourself from the hustle of life.

The question arises whether it is safe for you to receive such kind of care or not. What kind of practices should you avoid? What kind of treatments can you get?

Hot treatments: This includes wrapping any hot towels or wraps around the mother’s body. Usually, people use heated wraps for body relaxation. However, in the case of pregnant women changing the temperature of the body isn’t good for the unborn baby. A spike in the body heat can affect the baby, so it’s best to avoid this practice.

Sun bath during pregnancy

Tanning : Another related practice to hot treatments is tanning. The UV rays are not good for the baby as they are associated with folic acid deficiency. Folic acid is very important for the baby’s growth hence doctors advise patients against getting a natural tan. Therefore, no sun-bath during pregnancy.

Your skin is more sensitive when you’re pregnant especially in the early stages. UV rays are also linked with skin cancer so it’s better to avoid the sun. If you’re interested in trying more modern methods, consult your doctor first.

Acne treating products : Some medical prescriptions such as Isotretinoin and products containing benzoyl peroxide must be avoided at all costs. Dermatologists usually ask the patient if they’re pregnant before prescribing such products. If you believe that you are using either of these, alert your health care professional immediately.

Botox : Most pregnant women don’t take Botox treatment as a precautionary measure. You don’t know how your body is going to react, so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Hot baths: Sometimes you want nothing more than to relax in a hot tub. It may help with your nerves and calm you down, but it’s not good for your body – for as long as you’re pregnant at least. The temperature of your body goes beyond normal which can harm the baby. Pregnant women need to maintain certain body temperature.

Facial treatments : Some facial treatments (facial treatments during pregnancy) involve chemical peels which contain certain chemicals your body should not be exposed to. Wait until it’s safe for you to get the treatment instead of rushing into the unknown.

Avoid Injections : Your body is already changing and the last thing you want to do is expose it to other injections. You don’t know how it is going to react. Take your doctor’s advice if you really wish to get a certain treatment.

Teeth-Whitening : Teeth-Whitening has brought mixed reviews. Some people believe that there is no conclusive evidence to suggest that teeth-whitening is not good for pregnant women. Even though there is no evidence, some professionals recommend pregnant women against using such products.

Tattoos : The process of getting a tattoo is very painful. During pregnancy, women are already under a lot of pain so getting a tattoo, even if the pain doesn’t last for a long time isn’t the best option. Remember that you want to relax your body, not add to the pressure. Not to forget that tattoo ink poses a risk to both the baby and the mother in the form of a potential infection.

Sunscreens: Sunscreens contain chemicals too, so it’s better to avoid them. However, use of this product is unavoidable as sooner or later you will step out into the sun and you need protection from the U.V rays. Your doctor may be able to recommend some pregnancy-friendly sunscreens.

Sunscreens during pregnancy


• A women’s body and skin are vulnerable when she is pregnant. Specific body temperature needs to be maintained. Hot baths and heated wraps must be avoided for this specific reason.

• Doctors usually wait before they give creams contain benzoyl peroxide and chemical peels for acne. Some prescriptions like Isotretinoin are not safe for pregnant women.

• Other practices that must be avoided are tanning, tattoos, teeth whitening, and Botox just to stay on the safe side. You can always continue these practices in the post-pregnancy period after consulting with your doctor who knows best.

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Malathi A Ganesh is a B. Com Graduate, NTT, M.A (Lit), PGDEA (PG in Education Administration), PGDCA (PG Diploma in Computer Application), DTE (Diploma in Teaching English), ICEPT (International Certificate in Education Preschool Teaching) from Singapore and B. Ed. She has been in the field of education for the past 20 years and has an experience of running her own pre-school She is the Founder & Director Academics of Smartkidz Educare India Pvt Ltd with 275+ play schools Pan India. She is an Educationist and a Child Psychologists by profession who wants to fulfill her dream of giving Quality Education to children in their earlier years. She is also into conducting positive parenting workshops, which talks about effective child rearing. She has conducted numerous parenting workshops in all her pre schools, schools and MNC’s.

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