Do’s & Don’ts of Pregnancy

Second Trimester

Have you ever wondered about how normal things affect your pregnancy?

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For example, what types of beauty treatments are safe, and what ones aren’t?

In this blog post, we answer some of the most asked about “do’s & don’ts” of pregnancy.

Beauty Treatments

Coloring Your Hair

Most experts believe there is no risk to the fetus.

You don’t want to color your hair frequently, however, a few times during the pregnancy is fine.

It’s probably better to wait until the second and third trimester to minimize any risk during the first trimester and the development of the fetus’ organs.

Massage

A massage can be very helpful and relaxing, especially in the third trimester.

It is generally safe and therapeutic, but look for a reputable therapist and one who is qualified to perform pregnancy massage.

The therapist will have the appropriate table or position you in a safe way on you side.

Nail Care

Manicures and pedicures are safe.

Teeth Whitening

There are no studies available to support the safety of whitening your teeth.

Given there is a higher likelihood of gingivitis during pregnancy, as well as an increase in gum sensitivity and bleeding, it makes sense to wait until after pregnancy to brighten your smile.


Facials

While this can be a relaxing therapy, you should avoid harsh treatments including peels and microdermabrasions as your skin is already more sensitive during pregnancy.

Tanning

Exposing yourself to additional UV can be very harmful in general, but especially during pregnancy.

This additional exposure may worsen already discolored areas and the heat is equally as risky to the baby.

Hot Tubs

There is ample evidence that sitting in a hot tub, especially in the first trimester, can be linked to birth defects.

Most hot tubs are set at higher than 100 degrees and this can be harmful.

You should avoid steam rooms and saunas as well.

A warm bath is safe and soothing, and is preferred during pregnancy.