Your pregnancy is supposed to be a beautiful time in your life, but for some women, they experience ugly results in their skin during their pregnancy. Here are some tips on how to keep your skin healthy throughout your pregnancy without harming your baby.
For starters, it is important that you take it easy on the essential oils. You can find these oils in spas and at home treatments for skin, but some of the oils can prove to be harmful to pregnant women. Some to list are Angelica, Aniseed, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Ginger, Rose, Rosemary, Sweet Fennel, Wormwood, Peppermint, Jasmine, Marjoram, Myrrh and Juniper. These essential oils are usually known to be very relaxing and soothing; some oils can help to alleviate nausea and muscle pain. They have even been used to induce labor; midwives have used jasmine and clary sage to help induce the contractions during pregnancy.
Oils are very concentrated, so it is important to dilute them, so instead of using the recommended 10 drops, only use five drops. Before you decide to use any essential oils, it is important that you speak with your obstetrician first to make sure it is safe for you and your baby. An aromatherapist can also be consulted with to find out about different safe essential oils. Some physicians tell pregnant women to avoid essential oils altogether.
You should also avoid exfoliants; they are a form of vitamin A, which is great for helping to reduce wrinkles and improve acne, but are also known to be a no-no for pregnant women. Research studies have shown that when high doses are used, it can be harmful to the baby (vitamin A) and cause birth defects (caused by oral retinoid and Accutane, which are used to treat acne).
Dermatologists have said that it is better to shave during pregnancy than using cream hair removals. These cream hair removals are also known as depilatories and can cause chemicals to sink into your skin; this could be unhealthy for your baby.
Use lots of sunscreen whenever you go out during the day. Not only can it cause skin cancer and sunburn, it can also cause pregnant women to develop melasma; also known as pregnancy mask. It causes your skin to darken around your nose, eyes and forehead.
It is important that you keep your baby safe while trying to keep your skin looking nice. There’s something you get that only pregnant women can – the new mother glow!
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