Hair Care During Pregnancy
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Pregnancy can certainly be a 'hair raising' experience. But when you go to the salon, what's safe and what isn't?
Transcript: Youve always had great hair, butas youve learnedpregnancy can change everything! Although many pregnant...
Youve always had great hair, butas youve learnedpregnancy can change everything! Although many pregnant women worry that dying their hair will somehow harm their babies, there is no current evidence that this is the case. Whats more, hair dye is generally not absorbed into your scalp, or passed to the baby, during the coloring process. So, if you want to change your hair by getting a perm or a chemical straightening? The jury is still out on this topic. Some doctors and stylists say these practices are perfectly safe while expecting. Others say that the solvents in hair products can pose a risk to an unborn child. But the most commonand surprising!objection to perming or straightening during pregnancy is the potential effect it can have on your hair. Because pregnancy hormones can throw your body chemistry out of whack, the results of your perm or straightening can be an unexpected disaster. So, even if its just for your heads sake, it may be wisest to wait to perm or straighten until after your little one arrives.More »
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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 »
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There are some medical procedures you'll have to wait to undergo until after your pregnancy is over. Watch this video to learn the verdict on Botox and LASIX during pregnancy.
Transcript: Your belly is your main focus these days, but you may still be considering cosmetic options, like Botox,...
Your belly is your main focus these days, but you may still be considering cosmetic options, like Botox, for other parts of your body. Let's start with the bad news: Because there haven't been any studies on having Botox while with baby, it's smart to wait until post-pregnancy to get plumped. Now for the good news: Pregnancy practically guarantees that you won't need Botox. This is because having a baby on board causes you to retain water, puffing up your face and filling in laugh lines and crows feet. Another medical procedure that many pregnant women consider is corrective eye surgery like LASIK. Unfortunately, while it's probably not harmful to the baby, it's not smart to get LASIX while pregnant. This is mainly because hormonal alternations during pregnancy often throw off your eye prescription, causing temporary nearsightedness or astigmatism, which makes it more difficult to perform an effective surgery. Post-surgery, you'll also require antibiotics and steroid drops, medications that are absorbed in the bloodstream and have not been tested on fetuses. It's true that you will have to put most elective medical procedures on hold while expecting, but-as your little one demonstrates-good things come to those who wait!More »
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Do your pregnancy and the spa mix? Watch this video to find out if your day of pampering is actually dangerous for your fetus.
Transcript: Can you feel the heat? Many pregnant women wish to dabble in soothing heat and mud treatments to ease...
Can you feel the heat? Many pregnant women wish to dabble in soothing heat and mud treatments to ease pregnancy aches. When you are pregnant, its important to be cautious about activities that involve elevating your blood temperature, including heat and mud treatments. Activities which cause an increase in your body temperature can cause your heart rate to speed up and can increase the temperature of your blood, both of which can be distressing for your baby. As well, exposure to temperatures over 105 degrees can be damaging to developing cells, like your baby's , and could harm development or even cause you to miscarry. So it's not smart to soothe sore muscles by soaking in a hot tub or sitting in a sauna.... and many doctors suggest that you avoid taking a hot mud bath. If you decide to engage in these activities anyway, make sure that the temperature is set below 100 degrees. On the other hand, using a heating pad for sore muscles while you are pregnant is definitely fine. Concentrated heat on one area won't raise your overall blood temperature, so your baby will be safe. Because every pregnancy is different, you should discuss what's safe for you with your doctor.More »
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Everyone knows that being pregnant and wearing heels do not go together. Our video discusses your feet and a fetus in detail.
Transcript: Your poor feet endure a lot of shock during your pregnancy. What foot rules should a pregnant lady follow?...
Your poor feet endure a lot of shock during your pregnancy. What foot rules should a pregnant lady follow? Are you a high heel devotee? If you can hack it, it's fine to wear stilettos during your first trimester. Even later in the pregnancy you won't harm your baby by wearing heels, but your growing tummy will make it considerably harder to balance. However, because an unexpected fall could harm your fetus, it might be wisest to make the switch to flats by 25 weeks. If you're pregnant and dealing with a less pleasant foot problem -toenail fungus-there are strict guidelines about treating it. Topical antifungal treatments are safe for use, since very little (if any) of the medication will enter your bloodstream. But oral antifungals should be avoided, since the griseofulvin in these products could cause birth defects. Once you've got that fungus cleared up, reward yourself with a pedicure! As long as you're not constantly exposed to the chemical fumes in a beauty parlor, it is perfectly safe to get your tootsies painted.More »
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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 »
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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 »
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Pregnancy can have an effect on every aspect of your life. Watch our video as we discuss home life when pregnant in detail.
Transcript: When you're pregnant, even simple tasks-like microwaving a pizza or changing the litter-may seem risky....
When you're pregnant, even simple tasks-like microwaving a pizza or changing the litter-may seem risky. Most day-to-day household tasks are perfectly safe for women who are pregnant. For example, there is no reason why an expectant mom shouldn't use the microwave. There is no evidence that the minute radiation emitted from a microwave can even reach, let alone harm, a fetus. On the other hand, expectant moms should not change a cat's litter box. That's because of a parasite infection called toxoplasmosis, that is transferred from cat feces and is present in places where a cat does its business. Toxoplasmosis isn't harmful to adults, but it can cause neurological damage in a developing fetus. People can also be exposed to toxoplasmosis when gardening, so expecting moms should let their partner take care of the yard work-or at least wear gloves when performing these tasks. Pregnant women should be particularly careful about lead exposure around the house. Exposure to peeling lead paint, or to lead in general, can be especially dangerous during pregnancy. That's because lead exposure can lead to a lower IQ for the baby, as well as to a premature birth. If you're worried about lead, get a blood test from your doctor to determine your levels. Remember: The cat and your microwave have not suddenly become the enemy. Be smart and you'll be safe.More »
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Are you pregnant and worried about how to manage your professional life? Doing routine work in pregnancy is not unsafe, but you need to be careful. Watch this video for information on pregnant work life.
Transcript: As much as you might like it to, your work responsibilities won't go away just because you're pregnant....
As much as you might like it to, your work responsibilities won't go away just because you're pregnant. Here's what you should know working while you're with child. If you work in an office environment, you may be concerned about exposure to computers or photocopy machines. Luckily, a great deal of research has shown that even all day exposure to these devices won't hurt your baby in the slightest. If your work-life involves spending the day on your feet, you should know that this is also perfectly safe. However, take frequent breaks to move around, as periods of standing without movement can lead to low blood pressure. Also, walking around periodically can help to prevent pregnancy blood clots in your legs. Another common workplace worry is that cell phone use may have an effect on the fetus. This stems partly from a Dutch study, which showed that kids whose mothers used cell phones while pregnant had an increased risk of behavioral problems. But even the study's authors admit that much more research is needed. Most regular work activities are perfectly safe for pregnant women, but if you're concerned about something in particular, make sure to discuss it with your doctor.More »
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Are you expecting again? Your second or third pregnancy can be more challenging since you already have a kid or two to look after. Watch this video about pregnancy while caring for kids.
Transcript: Pregnant with your second, third, or fourth child? Here's what you need to know about keeping your entire...
Pregnant with your second, third, or fourth child? Here's what you need to know about keeping your entire brood safe. If you're a pregnant mom, it's wise to exhibit care when picking up your other children. While toting this weight won't harm your baby, it could hurt your back-so don't carry a toddler heavier than 25 pounds. If you're breastfeeding when you get pregnant, it's fine to continue to do so. Just make sure you're eating a well-balanced diet and staying hydrated, to meet your body's demands. If one of your children needs to be vaccinated while you're carrying his sibling, that too is fine. There is almost zero risk that a live virus vaccine given to your child could pass to you. However, if you did come into active contact with a virus, your baby could be harmed, which is why you need to be wary if your child contracts chicken pox. If you're already had the virus, then you're safely immune. But if you sidestepped chicken pox in childhood, exposure to it now could spread to your baby, causing birth defects. So, if one of your children gets chicken pox, talk to your doctor about an anti-viral medication for you - to keep your new little one protected.More »
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You can have sex during pregnancy, but a few precautionary steps should be taken. Watch this video on pregnancy sex to learn more.
Transcript: Now that you're expecting, your sex life has to screech to a halt, right?...Wrong! The good news: Unless...
Now that you're expecting, your sex life has to screech to a halt, right?...Wrong! The good news: Unless you have a high-risk pregnancy and your doctor tells you not to, having intercourse is A-OK from week one right until you're wheeled into the delivery room! In fact, sex during pregnancy may be more fun than usual! Many women say that the influx of pregnancy hormones leads to increased sensitivity and stronger orgasms. Of course, sex will become more complicated as your belly expands, so you may need to get creative with your positions. It's totally fine to use a vibrator or a dildo-or even a vibrating dildo!-in bed while you're pregnant. Just make sure that you don't jab yourself too forcefully with a sex toy, since plastic is stronger and harder than flesh. It's also safe to use a lubricant if you want to. Because your cervix is plugged with mucus, there's no chance that the lube will reach or harm your baby. As long as you're safe and smart, you can (and should!) keep enjoying your partner right up until your baby comes.More »
Last Modified: 2012-09-25 | Tags »
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Although sex during pregnancy can be healthy, there are certain conditions in which you need to be extra careful. Learn about your pregnancy sex limits in this video.
Transcript: Sex during pregnancy is usually fine, but there are some circumstances under which you need to be careful....
Sex during pregnancy is usually fine, but there are some circumstances under which you need to be careful. For the most part, sexual activity when you're pregnant is fine in fact, it's healthy! But, if you're experiencing placenta previa, whereby your cervix is blocked by the placenta, then it's not safe to get sexy. In addition, if you're at risk for preterm labor, then you should avoid intercourse and self-stimulation, as an orgasm can cause uterine contractions. Gentle oral sex is fine during pregnancy, but your partner should never blow into your vagina. This can cause an air bubble to develop in a vaginal blood vessel and may prove fatal to your baby. But, as long as you're careful not to strain your back, your husband will be happy to know that there is no reason that you can't perform oral sex on him as well. Finally, you may want to take a break from anal sex. Because pregnancy enlarges your blood vessels, you may already have hemorrhoids or inflammation in that area. Under these circumstances, anal sex can lead to severe bleeding. As long as you're smart about sex, though, you can enjoy it right up until delivery!More »
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Air traveling is usually safe for you and your unborn baby, but there are some precautions you should take. Learn more about in-flight safety with baby in this video.
Transcript: You've got a baby on board, so should you be on board an aircraft? Life doesn't stop when you're pregnant...
You've got a baby on board, so should you be on board an aircraft? Life doesn't stop when you're pregnant and there may be an occasion (or many!) when you need to hop on a plane. Although many women worry about air travel during pregnancy, these fears are largely unjustified. Flying has not been associated with any risks to your baby, including birth defects, miscarriage, or preterm labor. The only exception to this rule is women who have high risk pregnancies, or are very close to their due dates. In cases like this, it's best to consult a doctor before booking your flight. Of course, flying may not be quite as comfortable when you have a passenger of your own! When en route to your destination, combat low cabin humidity by drinking extra water. Walk around frequently, especially on long flights, as a precaution against the formation of pregnancy related blood clots. And remember, pregnancy gives you a perfect excuse to ask for an extra packet of peanuts-you're eating for two, after all!More »
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