15 Dangerous Beauty Products Pregnant Women Should Not Be Using

It has been said that a woman is never more beautiful than when she is pregnant. But considering when a woman is pregnant she gains weight, swells, and typically has gas and vomiting, it is easy to see how a pregnant woman might consider herself more of a mess than a beautiful goddess. It is for that reason that a pregnant woman may want to turn to beauty products in an effort to make herself feel better.

Also, a pregnant woman might be rather fond of beauty products to begin with and want to continue using them throughout her pregnancy. Whatever the reason, no one can really blame a pregnant woman for wanting to use beauty products. The issue is just because a mom-to-be wants to use beauty products does not mean that she should.

When a woman is pregnant, she has to consider not only her health but also the health of her baby. Therein lies the problem. Not all beauty products are safe for a pregnant woman to use. These are 15 beauty products a woman should not use while she is pregnant.

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15 Teeth Whiteners

If there is one thing that says a lot about a person, it is their smile. It is usually the first thing anyone notices about another person. That is why people tend to want to make their smile look as good as it possibly can. To that end, a lot people use teeth whiteners to brighten their teeth. However, they are something that pregnant women will want to avoid.

Teeth whiteners contain peroxide, which is an active ingredient. Peroxide is not bad in and of itself. It is perfectly safe for adults, even if they happen to swallow some. However, the effects it has on babies are largely unknown. It is for that reason that doctors say pregnant women should just use whitening toothpaste to improve upon their smile instead of anything that might have peroxide in it.

14 Firm Holding Hairspray

Some women look at their bottle of hairspray as a daily necessity. It helps keep fly-away hair in place and allows fancy styles to stay put all day long. If your hair has a hard time holding a curl, hairspray is going to be essential for keeping any style in place. And if you've ever been in a wedding, a dance show or other fancy event, you know how critical a bottle of hairspray can be. 

Nevertheless, pregnant women will probably want to avoid hairspray. The reason is that hairspray contains phthalates. Studies have shown that phthalates have caused birth defects in animals. So to be on the safe side, women will likely want to avoid hairspray while being pregnant. Doctors say women should instead use gel or mousse to keep their tresses in place while they are with child. Or just let those locks flow! Your hair will change quite a bit during pregnancy and you may find you don't need the spray. 

13 Nail Polish

Going to the nail salon or doing an at-home mani/pedi can be a weekly ritual for some ladies. They love the idea of sitting down with all the colors of the rainbow and selecting what hue will be on their nails. And then there are all the different types of designs and nail polish styles that can be applied. Plus, hitting the nail salon with your best girlfriends is an awesome way to bond and share some gossip. Unfortunately, pregnant ladies may need to find a new way to get their bonding in. 

Nail polish, like hair spray, contains phthalates. Again, phthalates have been shown to produce birth defects in animals. However, it is important to point out that phthalates have not been shown to cause any birth defects in humans yet. Pregnant women should avoid phthalates simply to be on the safe side because, after all, studies could eventually prove otherwise.

12 Self Tanner

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It's summer time! That means that people like to get out in the sun to get a tan. Of course, the sun is not exactly the best thing for a pregnant woman, or anyone, for that matter. She might be tempted to use a self tanner to get a tan since it seems so safe. What could be so harmful about lotion with a bit of dye in it, right? 

The issue is that little is known about just how a self tanner might affect a pregnant woman and her baby. That is why it is probably best for pregnant women to avoid them. Don't worry - you can go nine months without looking like a bronze goddess. However, if you must tan, doctors do point out that an occasional self tan is certainly better than a real tan or a tanning bed.

11 Acne Medication

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Acne is something that is often associated with teenagers more than anyone else as it does often occur during puberty. Adults can get acne too however. In fact, the chances of getting acne actually increase when a woman is pregnant. If a pregnant woman does have acne to deal with, she needs to consult her doctor on just how to deal with it.

The issue is that some kinds of acne medication can be harmful to pregnant women. Prescription acne medications have been shown to cause birth defects in the babies of pregnant women. Other kinds of acne medication, such as topical medications, are safer for pregnant women. Women need to check with their doctors to see what is right for them, and will not cause any harm to the baby.

10 Hair Dye

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In the movie Baby Mama, Amy Poehler, who plays a pregnant woman, has her hair furiously washed by Tina Fey once it is revealed that she tried to use hair dye. The idea being that hair dye is terrible for a baby. It is a funny scene, but it may actually have a point. Many doctors think hair dye is not good for pregnant women. So Tina Fey was onto something! 

There has not been a lot of research done on the effects of hair dye on pregnant women. Some doctors tell pregnant women to avoid hair dye all together, but others are more lenient. Nevertheless, it is recommended that pregnant women avoid hair dye during their first trimester just to be on the safe side. This is because that is when a great deal of the baby's development occurs.

9 Deep Dark Lipstick

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Lipstick is a pretty fun tool in a woman's beauty arsenal. Some ladies leave their lipstick for fancy occassions or formal events. And other women wouldn't leave the house without a bright hue on their lips. Have a presentation at work? Rock a red lip and you'll have all the confidence you need. But if you're pregnant, you might not be able to put on the pink pout of your dreams. The reason is rather surprising, and maybe a little bit freaky.

It turns out lipstick has lead in it. Yes, lead! Lead is used in some lipsticks to make the color longer lasting. Now the FDA does not actually have a problem with this since lipstick is not eaten or anything. However, this is another case of a pregnant woman wanting to be safe rather than sorry. A pregnant woman should probably avoid lipstick until she gives birth just to be on the safe side.

8 Wrinkle Cream

Just because a woman is pregnant does not mean she can't be dealing with wrinkles at the same time. And if she was using wrinkle cream before she became pregnant, odds are that she'll want to keep up the habit during pregnancy. No one wants a wrinkly forehead, right? However, before a pregnant woman actually uses that wrinkle cream, she might want to check out the ingredients first. Not everything that is in wrinkle cream is good for a pregnant woman.

A lot of wrinkle creams out there have something in them called retinol. Retinol has been linked to birth defects. Retinol has also been linked to pregnant women having miscarriages. That means that before a pregnant woman uses a wrinkle cream, she should consult her doctor. To really be safe, a pregnant woman could just forgo the use of wrinkle creams for the duration of her pregnancy.

7 Toxic Botox

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If a pregnant woman really wants to maintain her youthful appearance she might turn to something a little more drastic than wrinkle cream. She might want to try Botox. Botox is an injection that is used to smooth out fine lines and "freeze" parts of the face. Going in for a Botox treatment while pregnant would not be a good idea, however. It turns out not a whole lot is known about Botox.

There have not really been any studies of Botox on pregnant women. That means it is unclear if Botox is safe to use while a woman is pregnant. It is for that reason most doctors recommend a pregnant woman not get Botox treatments. Plus, you'll want to be able to smile big once your baby is delivered and not be held back by any frozen muscles in your face. 

6 Expensive Bath Products

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When a woman is pregnant, it is only natural that she might want to let off some steam. One way to relax is to take a soothing bath and just to let the day’s troubles melt away. There is nothing wrong with that for the most part. Nevertheless, some of the bath products that a woman might want to use might not be the best for her.

Fortunately, bath products are not any real danger for the baby or even really the mom to be. However, high-end bath products could contain chemicals that could agitate a woman's skin. Experts say that a pregnant woman’s skin will go through enough as it is. They say pregnant women should not add fuel to the fire with expensive bath products she might want to use.

5 Skin Whiteners

While self tanners and bronzers are usually the make up of choice when it comes to altering one's skin tone, skin whiteners are also an option. Some women, especially in certain parts of Asia, love the idea of making their skin paler instead of more tan. The problem is that skin whiteners are not the best for pregnant women. In fact, experts say that skin whiteners should be avoided at all costs.

They say that skin whiteners increases a woman's risk of exposure to the sun. They also have something in them called hydroquinone. Hydroquinone can possibly cause cancer. It can also hinder fetal development. That means when it comes to a pregnant woman's skin she should just leave it how it is. 

4 Chemical Hair Removers

Hair removal is a pain for women whether they are pregnant or not. There are lots of options to choose from: shaving, waxing, hair removal creams, threading and more. And lots of places that hair is supposed to be removed from: armpits, legs, face, etc. And when you're pregnant, getting rid of hair is even harder. It's easy to see why a pregnant woman would reach for a bottle of easy to use hair removal cream instead of trying to use a razor. Unfortunately, hair remover is a lot like hair dye and hairspray in that it is not good for a pregnant woman.

Chemical hair remover has something in it called thioglycolic acid. The effects of this on pregnant women are largely unknown. It is for that reason that doctors say pregnant women should avoid them all together. Use this information as a great excuse to let that hair grow! 

3 Heavy Fragrances

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Another thing that a woman probably does not want to be is stinky. Even though she bathes regularly, many women like to add a little extra fragrance on top. Many women enjoy using a signature scent and favorite perfume. Unfortunately, pregnant women may have to skip this step of their beauty routine. 

The good news is that the main reason against using perfumes while pregnant has nothing to do with the actual health of the baby or mom. Using fragrances might not be the best idea since a pregnant woman's nose will be pretty sensitive. That means fragrances could irritate a woman while she is pregnant. Also, heavy fragrances may have toxic phthalates. They could disrupt fetal development. So it is not just a mom’s nose that is at stake.

2 Bug Spray

Just like the rest of us, pregnant women also like to keep the bugs off of them when they are outdoors. No one can really blame her for that. However, when it comes to keeping those bugs off with bug spray, a pregnant woman needs to be careful. The main reason is that some bug spray contains a chemical called DEET.

DEET can lead to many pregnancy complications. The good news is that despite that concern, a pregnant woman does not have to abandon bug spray all together. She can use bug spray but she needs to follow directions very closely and choose a non-DEET variety. Pregnant women also need to stop using bug spray if it begins to irritate them in any way.

1 Getting Tattooed

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If a woman wants to change her look and express herself while pregnant, she might turn to something far more permanent than makeup. That woman might want to actually get a tattoo. After all, people love to get inked to mark big events, and events do not get much bigger than having a baby. Also, some pregnant women might just have an affinity for tattoos and want to add another to their work of body art. 

Even if she is used to getting tattoos, a pregnant woman is best to avoid them. The reason for this is that doctors just are not sure what affects tattoo ink has on babies. That means a pregnant woman needs to be cautious when it comes to tattoos. Of course, she could always get one after she gives birth.

Sources: WebMD.com, OvuLine.com, FitPregnancy.com, Vogue.com, BabyCenter.com

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