Onset of Pregnancy
Discovering that you are pregnant leads to more discoveries. And every time you unravel a fact, it leaves you ecstatic. You wait in amazement, just like the moment that your pregnancy becomes official, to learn that there are more to know along the way. That includes a long list of things that you SHOULD and SHOULD NOT do.
Your pregnancy will require you to modify or even ditch what you may have been accustomed to for a long time. You visit your doctor and you get are provided with a list of all the things that you need to consider to have a healthy pregnancy. From that day on, the tiny person inside your womb seems to be the last decision maker in everything that you do. You need to follow the instructions to ensure that you and your baby will do well until the most awaited day comes.
You really do not have much against all those changes as they are all in favor of you. You get to be pampered with all the things that are healthy. Your baby gets the best day inside your womb. That’s a win-win for both of you. You keep your “pregnancy” booklet handy as it will serve as your guide throughout your pregnancy. Everything that you may need– from the food that you need to eat, the exercises that you may do, the medications that are pregnancy-safe, and all. Most of the things that you can think of are listed there, except for one: personal care products.
Pregnancy and You
There is nothing really much that you can do but wait for that day to arrive and to follow everything that your doctor tells you to do. But pregnancy is not just about the developing baby in your womb. Your body reveals how it adapts to the changes within. Your mind tells you different stories about what is going on inside your body. Sometimes it sees the developing pregnancy masks on your face. At times, it sees the marks on your baby belly stretching and creating several lines that only nature knows where those marks lead.
You also notice changes in your hair and nails. They are not as appealing as others may have observed during their pregnancies, however. You wanted to cover up or do something about those imperfections. That will make you feel better. But you wonder, will all the products that you used to apply on your face and body will still be beneficial to you and your baby at the moment?
Fortunately, you have found the right page. This post emphasizes the harsh chemicals that may be hiding in every beauty product that you are using at the moment. It is actually not just during pregnancy that you need to take note of all these harmful elements that are added to personal care products. Exposure to toxic chemicals, as those that may be listed below, may have a long-lasting effect on your and your baby’s health.
Where do you start?
There are certain chemicals added to beauty products that are considered endocrine disruptors. This chemical will interfere in the normal functions of the body’s hormones. Thus, it should be considered in the “to avoid” list. Studies have linked these endocrine disruptors to problems with regards to cognitive and brain development, learning disabilities, and other deformities in the bodies. Moreover, they are considered carcinogenic.
You should also consider ditching anti-aging products that contain vitamin A as it may lead to birth defects. Health experts also advice not to use anti-aging products as they may be formulated with chemicals that may interfere with the development of the baby’s skin.
As a general rule, consider products that contain these ingredients unsafe: parabens, phthalates, ethanolamines, Hydroquinone, Oxybenzone, Dioxin, BHA, BHT, as well as those that contain fragrances.
- Parabens are used as preservatives in cosmetic products. They may also be listed on product labels as Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, and Isobutylparaben.
- Phthalates are commonly called plasticizers. They make products like nail polish, moisturizers, eyeshadow, and other personal care products to increase the product’s flexibility, durability, and shelf life. They may also be added to medications and even in food items. Phthalates are considered toxins and should be avoided.
- Ethanolamines are added in many consumer products, including personal care products, household products, and cosmetics. Studies have established a link with ethanolamines and liver tumors.
- Hydroquinone is added to many beauty products as a depigmenting or lightening agent. However, there are studies that have associated hydroquinone to a medical condition known as ochronosis. This condition makes the skin acquire a darker tone and becomes thicker.
- Oxybenzone (also labeled as benzophenone-3) is present in many beauty products and is added as a sunscreen agent. However, studies have indicated that this organic compound may cause early puberty, infertility, as well as hormone-related cancers in men.
- Dioxin is considered a highly toxic chemical. Dioxin and dioxin-like compounds are carcinogenic and are known to be endocrine disruptors.
- BHA and BHT. These are additives that are found in foods and cosmetic products. They act as preservatives as well as moisturizers. They are identified to be endocrine disruptors and also carcinogenic.
What should you consider as pregnancy-safe, then?
There are many products that claim that they are made from natural or organic ingredients. But what are those ingredients? If there is no specific ingredient specified, then there must be something hidden in it. What’s the use of hiding ingredients if it really is beneficial to those who will be using the product? What you need to look for in product labels, instead, are the following phrases: No DEA, No phthalates, No parabens, BPA free, and Fragrance-free.
As a final reminder, always read the label. It may cause you a few minutes to go through each of the product ingredients. Perhaps an hour more to find out more about any obscure names on the product label. However, the time you spent understanding what’s on the product that you want to use may have a longer-lasting effect on you and your baby’s health. It is never a waste of time.