15 Beauty Products, Ingredients & Services to Avoid When You’re Pregnant

When I was pregnant, I prepared myself for the whole no-alcohol, don’t-eat-sushi thing, and it was surprisingly easy to forego my glass of rosé and a yellowtail roll. Here’s what I totally was not expecting: scaling back on my beauty products!

Turns out, in addition to making sure your cheese is pasteurized, pregnant women have to be a lot more diligent about checking labels on their favorite shampoos or beloved lipsticks. I mean, I’m not big into Brazilian blowouts, but I do use nail polish, and I was shocked to find out that both of those things could possibly contain formaldehyde which is known to cause cancer and may be linked to fertility problems and miscarriage. There were other surprises, too. Growing up, I was warned against using bug spray containing Deet, however, now that Zika virus is such a threat to pregnant women, the CDC says it’s actually recommended — even for pregnant women and children.


Check out this slideshow and see if there are any tweaks that need to be made to your beauty routine, and definitely consult your doctor or midwife if you’re concerned about any of the products or services you currently use.

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