Electrolysis / hair removal
Many pregnant women get hair where no hair usually grows, or accelerated hair growth. This is due to pregnancy hormones. After the pregnancy, this hair goes away again. You can epilate safely. It is better not to perform special treatments on the stomach, and especially not on the breasts, especially if you are breastfeeding. In the case of electrolysis, the root of each hair is electrocuted, so that it does not return. The skin is not damaged and there should be no bleeding. If the equipment is sterile, there will be no risk of infections. After the treatment, depending on your reaction to the treatment, an ointment will be prescribed.
There is no evidence that depilatory cream has adverse effects on the (unborn) baby. However, not much research has been done. It is assumed that very few of the chemicals end up in the baby's blood. If you still want to do it, was the skin was first with cold water, so that the openings of the pores become smaller. Use it in a well-ventilated room and ensure that the cream does not stay on the skin for too long.
There is no evidence that teeth whitening is harmful to the baby. For safety you can wait until after pregnancy and possible breastfeeding.
It is recommended to color the hair after the first trimester. Alternatively, you can choose to color only the ends (highlights), and other hair color methods where the chemicals do not come into contact with the scalp. Chemicals are not absorbed by your hair, only through the skin.
If you get or give a perm, make sure you are in a well-ventilated area. Perming is not a problem in itself, but the way you can react to it during pregnancy can be unpredictable. The pregnancy hormones change the composition of your hair, so it may react differently than before the pregnancy.
Wax does not penetrate the skin and can therefore be safely used during pregnancy. However, your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy because more blood flows under the skin (especially around your pubic hair). You are probably more sensitive to anything that presses or pulls on your skin, so it will be more painful than you are used to. More broken blood vessels may also be visible after waxing.
Face masks are safe during pregnancy. Your skin is more sensitive, so be careful when pulling off the mask. Pregnancy can cause discoloration in your face, and more blood vessels in your face may be visible, so the result can be somewhat disappointing.
Although no evidence has been found that a manicure can be harmful to the baby, it is recommended to wait until after the first trimester. If you do it you can also consider choosing a quiet time so that there are not too many chemical vapors in the salon. If it takes longer, ask if you can go outside in between.
Your skin changes during pregnancy. This makes a tattoo look different after the pregnancy. Although the risk of infections is small these days, it is still a risk that you do not want to take during pregnancy.
Overheating and the risk of cancer (Melanoma is the only type of cancer that spreads to the placenta) can be very bad for yourself and the baby. Sunlight (and tanning beds) can also cause dark spots in the face and on the arms in pregnant women (chloasma).
Getting a browner skin through tanning cream can increase self-confidence in some women. The ingredients of these creams are harmless, and wearing / applying them is not a problem during pregnancy.
Hot baths / Sauna
It is not a good idea to take a hot bath. Make sure the water is not warmer than 37 ° C. Hot baths can overheat you, increasing your heart rate and reducing blood flow to the womb. This can hinder or negatively affect the development of the baby.
An umbilical ring can hurt when the abdomen stretches during pregnancy. During pregnancy you can put in a plastic `sleeper` that prevents the hole from closing over. Some have no problems at all with the ring and can hold the whole pregnancy.
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