Congratulations! You are now on your way to becoming a mom. The condition will definitely raise you and your significant others’ curiosity, especially it is going to be your first baby. There will be much concern as to how you and your baby will stay healthy while enjoying the journey.
There will be periods of highs and lows and these will be greatly affected by factors that primarily involves how your baby is developing inside your womb.
You will experience unusual bodily changes that may also trigger certain emotional responses. In the beginning, you may feel that certain high while noticing the bump in your tummy growing with each passing day. However, your condition will also require that you get more nutritional value from the food that you take. It will also charge your body to require more rest than you normally provide it.
As your baby continues to develop, you will notice that your body features (hair, nails, skin) will show a variety of changes. Some women feel that they are at their best during this period. Some experience otherwise. Most women will notice that their skin cells need to be hydrated more frequently as your body is now providing for not just one but two persons.
Pregnancy Skin Care Product
Mothers need all the pampering that they can get. However, not everything that may be provided for you may be beneficial. There are certain diets, beauty regimen, as well as skin care products that you used to love that you may have to give up during pregnancy.
Here are some of the Pregnancy skin care products that you should stay away from:
- Nail Care Products. Most women like to flaunt fabulous nails. Though your nails are dead skin cells they may still be damaged with constant exposure to harmful chemicals found in some nail care products. Dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde, toluene, and other nasty chemicals found in nail polish products and nail polish removers may pass through the pores of your skin and on your nail beds. These products also release toxic fumes, and constant exposure to them will pose danger to both you and your baby. It is a practical choice not to allow these harsh chemicals to touch your skin during your pregnancy, especially in the first trimester when the baby’s brain is starting to develop.
- Tanning Sprays. Spray-on tan formulas contain DHA (dihydroxyacetone), an element that is though considered safe for external use, may pose a potential danger when inhaled. Moreover, there are certain studies that indicated that DHA can cause primary DNA damage. Instead of allowing this harmful chemical, why not opt for the healthier alternative. Get the vitamin D that you and your baby need from the radiant glow of the sun. Sunbathe for about 15 minutes every day to get the essential vitamin needed for strong bones. Remember to put on the proper UVA and UVB protection and do not stay longer or after 9 am when the sun starts to shine its brightest.
- Skin Lighteners. Dark spots, which is also known as “pregnancy masks” often appear on the face due to hormonal imbalance. Even if the pigmentation may be too annoying for you, you should never attempt to use any skin lightener. This product usually contains a hormone disruptor called “Hydroquinone.” Such chemical has been linked to cancer and organ toxicity.
- Artificial Fragrances. These products may provide temporary scents that musk the body’s natural odor, but most of these products also contain a plasticizing agent known as phthalates. They are added to the fragrances to allow them to gel with the skin. Studies indicate that Phthalates cause birth defects and may affect the endocrine system.
- Hair Dyes. Many hair coloring products are formulated with carcinogenic chemicals, such as Arylamines and PPD (p-phenylenediamine). If you still think that a change in your hair color will lift your mood, opt for natural hair dye alternatives. (Is it okay if you link one of the articles to this article?)
- Parabens. If you are the kind of person who likes to read the labels before buying a product, you will know that parabens (also listed as one of these on product labels: methyl, propyl, butyl, and ethyl) are included in many personal care products.
- Chemical Sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens, either conventional or natural, may contain Oxybenzone (sometimes labeled as benzophenone). This chemical is actually linked to developmental and hormonal disruptions, thus should not be used. To protect your skin from the UV rays of the sun, look for mineral-based sunscreens that contain zinc oxide instead.
- Salicylic and Retinoids. These compounds are known to cause pregnancy complications and birth defects. Products with these chemicals are commonly used for acne treatments, exfoliation and as an additive to anti-aging products
Now that you know the products that you should NOT use on your skin, it is time to discover what you can USE to pamper yourself even while you are pregnant. Including these beauty routines will allow you to enjoy a more radiant skin without the guilt.
- Reduce unsightly stretch marks. Stretch marks are likely to form on your baby bump, and other parts of the body as your baby grows inside your belly. To lessen the appearance of stretch marks, make sure to eat healthy foods, always keep your body hydrated, and moisturize your skin throughout the day. Look for healthy alternatives as always.
- Control facial oil that may clog your skin pores. Look for products that will naturally remove excess oil and dirt on your skin without drying it.
- Practice the use of natural oils to enhance your psychological and physical well-being. There are pregnancy-safe options (spearmint, lavender, eucalyptus, etc.) that you may use to enhance your mood as well as increase your cognitive function.
We hope that this will help you have a more enjoyable journey to motherhood. As always, do your due diligence to read the label and learn more about the ingredients on the product labels that you are using or intend to use.