Pretty (and) Pregnant: Tips and Alternatives for Your Beauty Routine

March 5, 2018   Pregnancy & Postpartum


We are all aware of the basic “no-no’s” when pregnant: avoid drinking, smoking, and certain medications. But what should you avoid when it comes to your daily beauty routine? You should be able to feel the “glow” throughout your entire pregnancy, but be cognizant that some products could contain dangerous ingredients for your baby.

It all starts with reading the labels. Don’t be fooled by the word “organic.” It is very important to understand what you are putting on your body and what can affect your baby. Here are a few beauty blunders to avoid when pregnant.

Skip the spray tan

Dihydroxyacetone, also known as DHA, is found in most spray self-tanners. Even though DHA is not absorbed through the skin, it can be inhaled during application. Many doctors warn of potential dangers to your baby’s genes when DHA is inhaled. We recommend that you let your natural glow shine instead.


Choose the hair dye wisely

Many hair dyes contain ammonia, which some doctors believe can be potentially harmful for your baby. This chemical can irritate the skin and lungs. But don’t worry, we have good news! Not every hair dye formula contains ammonia. You don’t have to wait nine months to get your hair colored—but be sure to ask your salon for an ammonia-free formula.

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Read the label before getting your mani pedi

Pampering yourself during pregnancy is a must; however, many nail polish brands are made with harsh chemicals. Specifically look for and avoid formaldehyde and stick with nail polishes labeled “3-Free” or “5-Free,” which exclude the chemical. A few safe brands include O.P.I., MAC, Nicole, Zoya, L’Oréal, and Butter.

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Ask your doctor before using any acne medicine

Some women experience an increase in breakouts when pregnant. When treating the acne, it is especially important to avoid harsh chemicals throughout pregnancy. Prescription medications such as Accutane has been shown to cause miscarriage, birth defects, or stunted development. Manage your blemishes with a gentle face wash, twice daily.


Take a rain check on the Botox

Most doctors recommend avoiding Botox, a bacterial injection, for the duration of your pregnancy. It is unknown whether the bacteria can travel to the fetus and breast milk. Embrace the pregnancy glow — you're beautiful!

If you’re hesitant about trying out a new beauty product, feel free to consult your doctor.


There are a lot of safe ways to pamper yourself during pregnancy. Never underestimate the power of a foot massage and a warm bath!

— Kristin Yates, D.O.

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