Pregnancy: Piercings and Tattoos
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If you're looking into getting a tattoo or piercing during your pregnancy, you might want to wait until after your baby is born. Find out more about the risks and what precautions you should take.
Transcript: Just because youre expecting doesnt mean youve forgotten about the rebel within! So if the mood strikes,...
Just because youre expecting doesnt mean youve forgotten about the rebel within! So if the mood strikes, can you get a tattoo or a piercing during pregnancy? If youre interested in getting a tattoo, many doctors recommend that you wait until after your baby is born. An unsterilized needle poses the risk that a blood-born infection, like hepatitis or HIV, could be transmitted to your baby. Also, if you get a tattoo while you are pregnant you take a cosmetic risk as well, since your skin changes during pregnancy, and your body art could look different after delivery. So what about a piercing? If you already have a belly button ring, youll have to take it out before you deliver your baby. This is because the electric equipment used in a C-sectioneither planned or emergencycould damage the tissue which surrounds the ring. Plus, when your belly gets bigger with your baby, the skin surrounding the ring tightens. This can result in infection and irritation. For these same reasons, it is not advised to get a belly button piercing during pregnancy. Acquiring other piercings, like in your ears or on your face, is generally fine. If you really want that belly button ring though, youll have to wait until your little one arrives.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-11 | Tags »
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Are you worried about those ugly stretch marks on your body? There are a number of ways in which you can get rid of these marks. Watch our video to learn more.
Transcript: Having a baby may be your biggest accomplishment yet, but that doesn't mean you'll want a physical reminder...
Having a baby may be your biggest accomplishment yet, but that doesn't mean you'll want a physical reminder of the experience! During pregnancy, the skin on your belly is stretched and pulled to accommodate your growing baby. Skin does not bounce back if it's been stretched by rapid growth due to pregnancy, weight gain, or extreme weight loss. But there are other factors that affect the integrity of the skin, like: genetics, nutrition, overall health, and whether or not you are a smoker.Instead, it can become decorated by a form of scarring called stretch marks, or striae. Stretch marks often start off as reddish or purplish in color, and then fade to glossy skin that appears streaked in silver or white.Research has shown that the formation of stretch marks begins with a breakdown and stretching of collagen located beneath the top layer of skin. When a person experiences the skin being stretched over a short period of time, the natural order of collagen fibers is disrupted. The fibers are stretched, and we see what we know as stretch marks--small, depressed streaks on the skin, which affect more than 50% of pregnant women. While most women notice them on their stomachs, you may also see stretch marks on your buttocks, hips, thighs, or breasts. Although the marks initially appear pink, reddish or dark brown, they WILL start to fade within 6 to 12 months of your baby's birth. Unfortunately though, stretch marks never COMPLETELY disappear, which may be why so many women seek to prevent them in the first place. While there is no proven way to do so, it can help to not gain excessive weight during your pregnancy, and to make sure to drink a lot of fluids and to exercise regularly. Some women also swear by over-the-counter stretch mark prevention lotions, like Reviva, while other women rave about cocoa butter and Vitamin E oil! Please remember though, that there is no conclusive scientific proof that any of these creams work. Still, rubbing lotion into your belly each night WILL prevent itching, and may improve elasticity! Several factors play into the development of stretch marks. So even your best attempts to prevent them, after you have already become pregnant, may minimize, but not completely avoid this issue. Luckily, you may be able to reduce the appearance of the scars by applying a topical ointment, like Retin-A, post-pregnancy. But be sure to discuss this with your doctor if you're breastfeeding.And if your stretch marks REALLY bother you, you might consider laser treatments to help restore skin's elasticity and alter the color of the marks to better match your skin. But because these costly treatments are considered to be cosmetic, they are rarely covered by insurance. That's why most women choose to let time do its effective fading work on their stretch marks.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-11 | Tags »
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Even if you can barely see your own toes, you might be considering a pedicure in the near future. But is nail care during pregnancy safe for you and your baby? Watch this video to find out!
Transcript: Manicures and pedicures are a fun indulgence. Do you have to give that luxury up now that you're expecting?...
Manicures and pedicures are a fun indulgence. Do you have to give that luxury up now that you're expecting? The short answer to this question will definitely make you feel good: No! There is little to no evidence that the chemicals in nail polish can reach or harm your fetus, either through your skin or by your breathing them in. You will, however, want to make sure that the salon you visit has good ventilation. This is for your sake, not the baby's, as heightened senses during pregnancy may make you sensitive to the smell of nail polish. If you prefer to have acrylic nails applied during pregnancy, this too, is probably safe. Although small amounts of acrylic chemicals may be absorbed through the skin during the process, it is virtually impossible that they would reach or harm your baby. Changed body chemistry, however, means that you may have an allergic reaction to the nails and have to deal with a skin rash. If you're not bothered by this, however, it's fine to indulge yourself while you're pregnant!More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-02 | Tags »
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