Every day moms are bombarded with pictures of pregnant women looking all cheery and quite vibrant. While this scenario is sometimes true for some women, the reverse is the case for most. From extra pounds to cravings, pregnancy can become a woman’s nightmare. While some women enjoy all the nice perks of glowing skin and oozing radiance, others get extreme bouts of nausea and a general look of ill health. It is no wonder that women sometimes experience a nose dive in self-esteem.
To make matters worse, where we have been taught that pregnancy goes for nine months, which should translate to 36 weeks, one is informed that the journey will be 40 weeks long. If you expected nausea to last the first three months this situation is further aggravated by the fact that nausea can go for the full length of the pregnancy. This discomfort is nothing compared to the lack of sleep and sleeping positions coupled with the aversion to smells of even your favorite meals.
It is not all gloom though, pregnancy can be a beautiful journey of bonding with your unborn child, and all the discomforts notwithstanding it can become an experience you want to repeat over and over. All you need to know are a few hacks here and there to help make this journey smooth. How do you do that? By using the following 15 pregnancy products that are legal now but may not be in 30 years, so enjoy them for now as future generations may not be this lucky.
15 The Belly Bandit
This is a favorite of most celebrities and most of them have gone as far as endorsing them. Kourtney Kardashian and Angelina Jolie swear by it and looking at them, most of us would be forgiven for jumping on the bandwagon.
Belly Bandits are belly wraps that were previously used post-pregnancy, but they have now gained popularity as wraps to use even during pregnancy. Women argue that by using them during pregnancy, one will bounce back to their pre-pregnancy body much faster and for them, this justifies constricting their baby bump.
While bouncing back is amazing and all that, the Belly Bandit comes with lots of side effects akin to the corset of earlier years, notably stress incontinence occasioned by too much pressure on the uterus leading to urine leakage. Belly Bandits also cause digestion problems since the stomach is constrained. As if this is not bad enough, the Belly Bandit weakens your back muscles because it takes over the support job, making the back lazy, thus weakening the core muscles. Despite the many benefits attributed to this product, health practitioners are worried by this side effects and chances are this product may not be legal in 30 years.
14 The Maternity Raft
Pregnancy has its own rules. One is advised to sleep on the side – the left side, popularly known as the ‘SoS.’ This position is said to increase the flow of nutrients and blood to the placenta and the baby. Most of us are comfortable sleeping on the back or on our stomach and adjusting to this position is not easy. Built with specialized rims, this raft offers support for your hips and back and allows you to rest for a little while on your tummy. This relaxes a mother while assisting in turning the baby to the right position in preparation for birth.
All this sounds fine and dandy but this mattress comes with some risks. Sleeping on your stomach with or without support is not advisable and as much as this product is hyped, the side effects associated with this position are too many, thus overriding the short time pleasure. Medics advise that pregnant women should try to rest on their side even if it is uncomfortable. In a few years, this product will come with a disclaimer.
13 Morning Sickness Relief Meds
Pregnancy, in most cases, comes with bouts of nausea, mild in some women and extreme in others. While for some women, nausea subsides in the third month, for others, it goes on throughout the pregnancy and can be quite unbearable. Nausea in pregnancy has been known to be quite debilitating and interferes with a woman’s day to day activities. Medics, in this case, prescribe nausea medication that they claim to be quite safe. While these medications are not known to cause baby birth defects, their contribution has not yet been disqualified and therefore there is a chance that they could have some effect.
Diclectin, nausea and vomit prescription used during pregnancy mostly prescribed in Canada was marketed as having a 26 percent reduction in the risk of baby birth defects, but this data is now said to have some errors. One doctor reanalyzed the data and reported some discrepancies that show that the prescription does not reduce the risk of birth defects. This hazy information about these drugs is why we feel that if nausea is manageable, one should not take the risk of using medication. If the analysis is properly carried out, chances are, in 30 years, women will have to make do without this medicine.
12 Fetal Doppler
Most women, especially first-time moms, buy this one. The truth is, getting a fetal Doppler to use at home is not a good idea and even the FDA does not approve of it and recommends usage only by a licensed medical practitioner. The fetal Doppler is an ultrasound device that is handheld. It is said to send high-frequency sound into your body if they encounter something solid the shape is translated back to the device.
While this is an exciting way of monitoring your child, the Doppler tends to transmit all the sounds in your body including your heartbeat and blood. The most worrying thing is that this procedure exposes your child to ultrasound waves whose effect on him are unknown. Because you are not trained, chances are you will not discern your child’s heartbeat leading to unnecessary panic, which may lead to other severe side effects. For those who can use the device though, the feeling is out of this world.
11 Whitening Toothpaste
At no time in a woman's life does one feel as unattractive as when she is pregnant. The widening waistline is the first thing everyone you meet sees and so is the awful acne some women are prone to. A woman’s self-esteem takes a beating due to all these pregnancy side effects and it is not uncommon to see some women go to extreme lengths to appear attractive.
Whitening toothpaste is generally mild, but their effects on the unborn baby are always marked as unknown. While most people may take this to mean that the paste is fairly safe, anything that says unknown means there is a margin where the paste may be quite harmful to the fetus. Most dentists also insist on not carrying out any procedure to whiten a pregnant woman’s teeth. All this should certainly indicate that there is a chance that these pastes can cause baby birth defects. It is human nature to ignore any subtle warning and this disregard may make these pastes illegal in coming years.
10 Pregnancy Belts
Pregnancy belts, commonly known as belly bands, are tied below a woman’s baby bump much like you would a safety belt. The belt is meant to relieve some of the weight exerted by your growing belly by acting as a kind of sash that lifts the belly up a bit while keeping your backbone straight and supported. The belt has numerous benefits, notably; it offers pain relief, especially on the lower back while offering firm support. The growing belly also tends to make one stoop a bit as a pregnancy sometimes feels like one is carrying a heavy load. This belt will encourage you to maintain the right posture as you go through this journey.
The belt does come with some side effects that may lead to discouragement by medical practitioners. Most people become quite dependent on it and are prone to neglect the basic rules of pregnancy as they leave everything to the band. The band may also be too tight, thus constricting the uterus, leading to problems in the circulation of blood. We hope this one does not get outlawed as it does help relieve some of the discomfort associated with pregnancy,
9 CBD Oils
Just like the CBD medication, CBD oils come with immeasurable benefits and have been known to be extremely beneficial to people suffering from post-traumatic stress. CBD is also very useful in pain management. It can, however, inhibit liver enzymes useful in drug metabolism. Every drug we take should metabolize in order to be effective.
CBD oils have been known to inhibit the metabolism of epilepsy drugs, which is potentially harmful to an unborn child. Epileptic mothers are expected to be very careful as a bad fall during a seizure may lead to loss of a child. CBD can also increase its potency when consumed and this may lead to drug dependency of the unborn child. Much like cannabis, this oil may become illegal in future years owing to all these dangers to the child and the mother.
8 The Body Pillow
This is one item most people swear by, but for others, the pillow is nothing but a marketing gimmick. Pregnancy pillows mostly come as full body pillows and they are supposed to help a woman get a good night’s sleep, especially as the pregnancy progresses and sleeping becomes a nightmare. A pregnancy pillow comes as a blessing as some of this discomfort is alleviated.
Pregnancy pillows can, however, become harmful to the mother if not used well, as the full length of the pillow may fool her into thinking that she can sleep in any position. Pregnant mothers are advised to sleep on their side to aid circulation of blood through the placenta to the fetus. This pillow can allow a mother to sleep on her stomach as she is fooled into thinking the pillow protects the fetus. In future, there may be a requirement for these pillows to come with a disclaimer.
7 Green Pain Relief Cream
It has now become common practice in some circles for cannabis to be used as a cream and in other cases infused into lotions. These creams help alleviate some of the common ailments associated with pregnancy and being all natural, they reduce chances of introducing unwanted chemicals to the fetus.
Cannabis cream is fairly safe, but it may increase the effect of other drugs like muscle relaxers or epilepsy medication if used together. It can also lead to drowsiness, which is not safe when pregnant. Cannabis is also not entirely legal in some states and even though some people swear by it and prefer it because it does not come with steroids or other drugs, cannabis in this form is still a drug and can become quite addictive, not only to you but also to your unborn child.
When one is pregnant, everything seems to sag. The face looks more haggard and even for those die-hard naturals, this time calls for a very aggressive beauty regimen. You may look all glossy now due to the pregnancy hormones, but the baby inside of you is sucking out most of the nutrients in your body and once he or she is born, the pregnancy toll will show.
While some toners and cleansers are quite safe, most of them contain retinoids and hydroxy acid which when absorbed into the skin can get into the bloodstream and interfere with the baby you are carrying. These ingredients will hopefully have been outlawed in 30 years. For now, you may be tempted to take your chances, but for the sake of that baby, consider using some natural cleansers and toners that work just as well even though not as fast, but they have far-reaching benefits that far outweigh the risks to the fetus.
5 CBD Medication
CBD is an abbreviation of cannabidiol, a product found in cannabis sativa. While cannabis (marijuana) is legal in some states, it is outlawed in others and can only be used for medicinal purposes. CBD however, is not outlawed and can be used in place of mainstream pharmaceutical medication.
CBD medication has been documented to reduce the number of seizures in kids who suffer from epilepsy, which makes a case for pregnant women with the same. CBD also helps reduce the effects of nausea in pregnant women. However, as much as CBD is seen to have many positive effects, the fact remains that the drug still gives you that feeling of being ‘high.’ While this in itself is not an illegal or dangerous thing, it may predispose someone to accidents or reckless behavior. Cannabis may be legal now but in years to come, the herb and its byproducts may be outlawed.
This is a form of vitamin A that helps speed up the division of cells. Retinoids are commonly found in many moisturizers and anti-aging creams. It is also found in creams used to treat acne. While small doses of vitamin A have no effect on the baby, high doses of vitamin A are harmful to an unborn baby and it has been known to cause birth defects.
What we eat or consume affects the health of our child, but applying retinoids on the body is yet to be documented as harmful, however, it is best to tread on the side of caution where this is concerned. Even though most retinoids come in the form of a prescription, the substance is passed on through normal moisturizers. Expectant mothers would, therefore, be well advised to read the labels before they purchase that cream or better still, wait until the baby is born to indulge in this.
Botulinum toxin or botox as it is commonly known is the introduction of a toxin in the body to help bind nerve endings in order to prevent contracting of muscles, which leads to the appearance of wrinkles. Most women have extreme issues with wrinkles and a single one is enough to make one camp at a doctor's office. Even though no side effects of botox have been documented during pregnancy, as the name suggests, it is still a toxin and caution should be taken whenever one decides to use it. Botox has been known to cause breathing problems and even muscle weakness.
Scientists researching the use of botox have found that mice injected with botox tend to have underdeveloped babies with low birth weight. Since mice are mostly what is used to gauge the safety of any drug, it is safe to say that botox that is absorbed by the body may lead to some birth defects.
2 Soothing Skin Lotion
Pregnant women are prone to skin irritations and itchy skin, which can only be soothed by use of skin lotions and creams that on some occasions come with steroids as ingredients. Steroids, even without pregnancy, should be used sparingly as they can be absorbed into the bloodstream through the placenta and straight to the baby.
Steroids are frowned upon in most areas, especially the athletics arena and this makes one wonder just how safe they are for use by pregnant woman. While these steroids are said to be safe for use in pregnancy, their side effects, if any, on the unborn baby are not known. Their use is also restricted to a few days as the prolonged use is harmful. Their use largely depends on an individual's choice but it is advisable to seek your doctor’s advice before use. Either way, this is one product that may definitely not be legal in 30 years for use during pregnancy.
1 Deodorant And Antiperspirants
Now that you are pregnant your self-esteem may be tied to how good you feel or look. Every woman feels good when she smells good and deodorants are a woman’s best friend. With pregnancy though, it is imperative that you steer clear of deodorants that contain parabens as this can very easily be absorbed into your bloodstream.
Parabens act as preservatives and medical professionals have linked them to some birth defects. While they have not been outlawed yet, with more research into deodorants and especially those that use synthetic fragrances, their use may be outlawed in pregnancy.