When it comes to beauty treatments during pregnancy, some chemicals are not considered to be safe, so you may find that there are certain things that you will need to forego or adapt until after your baby is born. As with all things this is about safety and precaution, but it’s also about comfort. As skin tends to be more sensitive during pregnancy, some beauty treatments may be considered too abrasive. For example, procedures such as microdermabrasion and chemical peels tend to be avoided, but more gentle beauty treatments are fine.
Manicures and pedicures during pregnancy
Standard manicures and pedicures are a wonderful way to enjoy a little pampering during pregnancy, and many women opt for a more luxurious version with added massage for hands and feet to help ease aches and pains.
Some luxury manicures and pedicures may involve elements of reflexology, so it’s still best to advise your therapist that you are pregnant before your treatment so that they can avoid any sensitive pressure points. The other thing to be aware of is that sometimes the fumes from nail polishes and products can make women feel nauseous during pregnancy, so be mindful and tell your therapist if you feel unwell.
Different people have different approaches, but the NCT advises that gel and acrylic nails are best avoided during pregnancy. SOURCE
Fake tan during pregnancy
In general, fake tan creams and lotions are considered to be safe during pregnancy. However, there is no hard and fast evidence around the fumes from spray tans, so the NHS advises that they are best to be avoided. There are no known risks, and active ingredients in fake tans are not believed to be absorbed into the body beyond the skin. However, hormone changes may cause you to have an allergic reaction where you haven’t had them before. The best advice is to read information provided by the NHS, speak to your doctor and make sure you’re fully informed so you can make a decision that you’re comfortable with. Either way, it’s always best to do a patch test before applying fake tan during pregnancy, even if you have used it before. SOURCE
Waxing during pregnancy
If you normally wax, it’s absolutely fine to keep doing so during pregnancy. Hormones can make hair grow quicker than normal, so this is helpful to know. The only thing to be aware of is that the extra blood flow during pregnancy can make skin more sensitive, so waxing might be more painful than you normally find it. Lots of pregnant women get excessive hair growth, especially in early pregnancy. Hair growth may be more pronounced around your upper lip, chin, cheeks and more generally. As with tanning, make sure to do a patch test before use, as hormone changes may affect your reaction to the product.
Hair dye and brow tints during pregnancy
As with other spa and beauty treatments, many women prefer to wait until after their first trimester before using any kind of brow or eyelash tint. The NHS advises that hair dyes are generally considered to be safe during pregnancy, but if you are concerned then speak to your doctor first so you can make a decision you are comfortable with. Many women prefer to switch to semi-permanent pure vegetable dyes, such as henna to dye their hair during pregnancy, and as with other products, do a strand test on colours first because hormonal changes can impact how your hair reacts to products during pregnancy. SOURCEView our mum-to-be spa experiences