To treat my toenail fungus when I’m pregnant

The topical antifungal treatments that you can buy over the counter are fine to use throughout pregnancy, since you couldn't get enough of the drug into your bloodstream to cause a problem. Avoid oral antifungal medications with griseofulvin because they could cause birth defects if you take them in your first trimester. It's unlikely that you'd urgently have to treat a nail-fungus problem when you're pregnant, but if you did, it would probably be okay to take these pills after your first trimester.

To take hot baths while I’m pregnant

As long as the water temperature isn't over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have to ease your foot into the tub, it's too hot. If you're comfortable getting into the water, the temperature is close to your own body temperature, which is where you want it. Anything hotter can damage your baby's developing cells, and though you can cool off by sweating, your baby can't. It's also fine to use bath oils or bubble bath — your cervix is closed, so there's no danger of these products reaching your baby.

Teeth cleaning during pregnancy

The benefits of good oral hygiene begin well before birth. Not only is it safe for expectant mothers to have their teeth cleaned, it's desirable and may protect the baby from harm. There’s a growing body of evidence suggesting that periodontal (gum) disease in an expectant mother may result in the premature birth of her baby. We've known for many years that inflammation anywhere in the body, including the gums, results in increased levels of certain hormones and inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream. Se...

To have acrylic nails put on during pregnancy

If you're just having acrylic nails put on, you're probably not exposed to enough of any hazardous materials to create any significant hazard to your pregnancy. Some of the chemicals involved can be absorbed through the skin, but you're not likely to be exposed to great enough amounts to pose a danger other than a possible allergic reaction and skin rash. Nor would the fumes be a problem if you were just visiting the shop as a customer. If you're applying nails all day as your job, your exposure is much gre...

To sit in a hot tub while I’m pregnant

It's not a good idea unless you can control the temperature and set it at no more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Soaking in hot water or sitting in a hot, steamy room can make you overheat, which raises your heart rate and reduces blood flow to your uterus, potentially putting your baby under stress or interfering with normal development. And because pregnant women have a hard time cooling down, you're more likely to pass out if you get overheated in a hot tub or sauna — which would, of course, be very danger...

To get a tattoo during pregnancy

Tattoos are not recommended during pregnancy. First of all, if the equipment isn't properly sterilized, there's a risk of transmitting blood-borne infections such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. In addition, your skin changes during pregnancy, and that may change the way the tattoo looks after you deliver the baby.

To get a seaweed wrap when I’m pregnant

If you get a wrap, don't get dehydrated or overheated in the process. Dehydration can lead to increased uterine activity and contractions; these won't change the cervix or trigger labor, but they can make you very nervous. So make sure to drink plenty of water prior to, during, and after the procedure. More important, being overheated can make you pass out. And getting overheated early in your pregnancy can slightly increase the risk of neural tube defects. Unfortunately, the damage occurs within 23 days of...

To get a perm while I’m pregnant

To get a perm while I'm pregnantWe've all seen pregnant hairdressers working in the salon and they seem to do okay. It's not so much that getting the perm is a problem for health reasons. It's that your hair isn't going to respond in a predictable manner when you're pregnant. The hormones of pregnancy change the composition and texture of your hair. So the perm may or may not hold. What little evidence there is indicates that getting a perm or chemically straightening your hair is no cause for concern. The fumes might be annoying, but the...

To get a mud bath during pregnancy

We don't allow pregnant women to get into the mud because the temperature of the mud is usually about 103 degrees and you're in for roughly ten minutes. That will raise your basal body temperature and speed up your metabolism, which can potentially be harmful to the fetus. There have been times when people have come in not knowing they were pregnant and had a mud bath and to our knowledge suffered no harmful effect. But we'd rather not subject a fetus to any potential risk.

Getting facial when I’m pregnant

As far as I know, as long as you tell the person performing your facial that you are pregnant, everything is fine. With everything that is going on in your body right now, you should tell EVERYONE who does anything to/with your body you are pregnant. Working is spas for 11 years, I am still amazed at how many people do NOT tell the technician. Luckily, most good techs will ask. At home, I have been using Origins Organic product line. I have found that with the increased oil production in my face, the mint w...

Getting a bikini wax when I’m pregnant

Getting a bikini wax when I'm pregnantThere's nothing unsafe about it. But because you have more blood flowing to your skin now — especially in your pubic area — you'll probably be more sensitive to anything that tugs or pulls, so that bikini wax is likely to be more painful than usual. You're also more likely to have some broken blood vessels (harmless but visible) after the waxing.

Diet during pregnancy

I don't recommend it — pregnancy is not the time to diet. Normally, you should gain about 25 to 30 pounds during pregnancy. If you're overweight, you may want to shoot for the lower end of that range. The recommendation for women who are morbidly obese is to gain only 15 pounds. Some gain is inevitable given the weight of the baby, the enlarged uterus, the placenta, and the amniotic fluid. But that's weight that should disappear quickly once the baby is born. On average you should be getting about 2,500 cal...

Getting Botox treatments during pregnancy

Getting Botox treatments during pregnancyBotox use by pregnant women has not been studied. If you've used Botox and just found out you are pregnant, it's unlikely there's any risk to your baby. Studies have shown that when Botox is injected into facial muscles, the small amount used is not expected to circulate throughout your body. Therefore it wouldn't get to your baby. If you're pregnant and are considering Botox injections, though, due to the lack of data, I recommend waiting until after you deliver your baby to receive the treatment.

Bleaching my teeth during pregnancy

Bleaching my teeth during pregnancyWe don't have any evidence that bleaching your teeth will pose a significant risk to you or your baby. But we don't have enough data to say it's safe, either. The peroxide used in bleaching causes an oxidative process, and we know that oxidation can be harmful to tissues and cells. But we don't know whether that can affect either you or your baby. There's another whitening process called microabrasion that uses acidic components to remove stains, but we have even less data on the safety of that in pregnancy...

Vibrating chair during pregnancy

The baby is completely wrapped in blood, bone, and fluid, which keep it well protected. To your baby, if you sit in a vibrating chair, it's no different than if you were to run up and down the street. So the massage is usually okay during pregnancy, but not on your hands or feet. If you get too deep of a massage on either it can cause you to have contractions. I read this in a pregnancy book. Make sure to always ask your obgyn before any questionable activity.

Heating pad for sore muscles during pregnancy

Using a heating pad while you're pregnant is safe. When applied to a specific area of the body, a heating pad can provide relief without raising your core body temperature. If your core temperature gets elevated early on in pregnancy, it can increase the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida. This is why women are advised to avoid hot tubs and saunas while pregnant. Pain can be a sign of potentially serious complications, such as a detached placenta or a uterine rupture, so alert your doctor if y...

Vision-correction surgery during pregnancy

LASIK eye surgery during pregnancy is not advised. Perhaps the most important issue is that your prescription sometimes changes during pregnancy. This is thought to be due to hormonal alterations that make the body retain more fluid, causing a swelling of the lens inside the eye. So you may get a little more nearsighted or develop more astigmatism as long as your hormones are elevated. Don't forget that your hormones remain elevated even after the birth of your child if you breastfeed. Another problem is th...

Getting or having a belly button ring when I’m pregnant

Getting or having a belly button ring when I'm pregnantIf you're considering belly button piercing and become pregnant, postponing the procedure until after delivery is the best idea. As your belly gets bigger along with your baby, the skin of your belly could tighten considerably as it stretches. This sometimes irritates the belly button ring area, even when you wear loose-fitting maternity clothes. It also becomes more difficult as the pregnancy progresses to keep the ring and the skin clean to avoid infection. It's definitely necessary to remove the ring bef...

Getting a salt scrub during pregnancy

One thing to keep in mind is that many salt scrubs are infused with essential oils. Certain oils should not be used during pregnancy. Do your research before risking it. One nice alternative is a homemade sugar scrub. Just mix brown sugar with oil in a bowl, and some vanilla if you like and take it to the shower with you, scrub away... You come out smelling like a chocolate chip cookie. Can't beat that.

Bleaching body hair during pregnancy

To my knowledge, there's no evidence that the use of topically applied bleach or depilatories increases the risk of birth defects, though this issue hasn't been well studied. Most likely, very little of the chemical would seep into your bloodstream and get to your baby. If you choose to bleach or chemically remove facial or body hair, you can minimize your potential risk by rinsing your skin with cold water beforehand (to keep your pores small), working in a well-ventilated area, and limiting the amount of ...

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