(6) Chemical Hair Removing Products
It is one of the highly common beauty or cosmetic products to avoid during pregnancy. Hair removing by females from areas such as legs, underarms, bikini line & even beyond that is gaining popularity. This is mainly due to prevalent fashion trend of wearing shorter dresses & swimsuits.
Chemical hair removing products usually contain thioglycolic acid as an active ingredient. The safety of this chemical during pregnancy or breastfeeding is still unexplored.
But, EU limits the ingredients to a maximum of 5% in depilatories while in US, an independent panel Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) found safe levels of thioglycolic acid up to 15.2%.
Thioglycolic acid is known to react aggressively & chemically with disulfide bonds in hairs. So, their potential reprotoxic effects are doubtful.
Thus, as a precautionary measure pregnant or would-be mothers should avoid it during pregnancy. However, expectant mother may opt for safe alternative ways for hair removal such as plucking, shaving & even waxing.
(7) Beauty Products Containing Heavy Fragrances
It is very popular cosmetic products to avoid while pregnant. Fragranced beauty products are a good way to control bad odors of your body. Several individuals including women can’t resist using perfumed beauty products particularly on special occasions.
These wide ranges of heavy fragrance are particularly due to chemicals such as toxic phthalates & synthetic musks. It can adversely affect the growth & development of baby in the womb. Phthalates can imitate natural hormones in the body that are responsible for proper growth & development of fetus.
Some of the perfumed cosmetic products include body lotions, perfumes, air fresheners, & body spray. Expectant moms should completely avoid use of such fragranced products including cleaners, laundry detergents, & personal care products.
However, you can use less intense and natural perfumes & fragrances instead of using irritating heavily chemicals.
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