Do’s and Don’ts of Pregnancy

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There are some general rules of thumb involved with pregnancy. Along with that many pregnant women have general questions involving their unborn child and certain activities that they may or may not be able to do. Knowing the limitations is the best way to keep yourself and your baby healthy so it is always best to be informed.

Manicures are a luxury for women. Pregnant women deserve the right to feel and look beautiful and a manicure is one of the easiest ways to add a pinch of luxury to any woman’s day. The question concerning manicures is whether or not they are safe during pregnancy. Manicures are fine, but it is best to bring instruments such as nail files, cuticle clippers, etc., from home to reduce the risk of running an infection. Even if you are partial to one specific salon, if you notice that it has a strong chemical odor, you are better off finding a temporary alternate salon that has excellent ventilation at least until the baby is born. The same rules apply for pedicures.

Most women color their hair. So, can women color their hair during pregnancy? All available research suggests that coloring your hair is safe during pregnancy, there is no data suggesting that it increases the risk of birth defects or miscarriage. If you wish to be extra-safe you may wan to postpone you scheduled appointments until after the first trimester. After the first trimester your baby’s organ development is complete.

To go with the questions involving beauty, tanning beds are a hot commodity for women today. While there is no conclusive evidence that tanning beds are harmful to developing babies there is plenty of proof that it is harmful to the Mother. While in a tanning bed your body temperature increases and this may cause an unsafe rise in temperature to a level that may be hazardous to your baby, especially in the first trimester. Keep in mind also that your flux of hormone levels may cause your skin to tan unevenly or develop brown patches.

Some women wonder about homeopathic remedies during pregnancy, such as massage and aroma therapy. Massage treatments, if conducted by a masseuse trained in prenatal massage, is acceptable during pregnancy. Make sure you are propped on your left side with a pillow, or use a special centered table to accommodate your belly. Try to avoid a massage during the first trimester. Aroma therapy on the other hand is not recommended. Some plant oils should not be used during pregnancy due to their suspected psychological effects on the baby. Fennel, basil, thyme, and myrrh are all suspected herbs to have these affects.

The best advice is to never be afraid to ask. When in doubt, find out!

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