First Trimester

7 Skin Care Ingredients To Avoid During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a delicate period where you have avoid many things that can harm you or your baby. It can be tiring and exhausting because of the various dos and don’t that come with pregnancy. But never mind, they are all for your own good and the baby.

Consciousness of what you take in to your body is beyond what you eat, it includes what you put on your skin. Do you know that the skin is the largest organ of the body?

The things you put on the skin gets into the blood stream and affects your wellbeing that’s why it is good to look closely at your body cream, deodorant, hair products etc.

Here are skincare ingredient you should look out for and avoid in your products;

1. Retinoids
It is usually found in acne and anti-aging medicine. It is named in different forms such as retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin. If you find Retinoid in any of it forms in your skincare product aviod it because there is a link to it causing birth defect.

2. Tetracycline
Medications include doxycycline and minocycline.
Tetracycline is used to treat health issues such as acne and Lyme diseaseIt is contained in medication such as doxycycline and minocycline. . Tetracyclines are antibiotics that should not be used during pregnancy because it can damage a pregnant woman’s liver and discolor her growing baby’s teeth.

3. Hydroquinone
Hydroquinone is often used to treat dark patches of skin, chloasma, melasma.It should not be used during pregnancy because of the chemicals. Many skin lightening cream contain hydroquinone. Avoid it because of the dangerous chemical in it.

4. Phthalates
This is a chemical added to plastic to make it stronger. It oalso found in perfume, nail polish. It is named in different forms such as BzBP, DBP, DEP, DMP, or diethyl, dibutyl, or benzylbutyl phthalate. Studies show that phthalates is linked to high blood pressure, ADHD, diabetes. Go for product that are phthalate-free.

5. Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is commonly found in beauty products such as hair straightening treatments, nail polish and eyelash glue. it is labeled in this forms such quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol). It is known to be carcinogenic and unfit to be in adult and baby product. Go for product that are phthalate-free.

6. Toluene
Many nail polishes contain toluene which has been identified as a carcinogen, together with phthalates and formaldehyde they are known as the “toxic trio”. Aviod any nail polish that contain methylbenzene, toluol or antisal 1a.

7. Ammonia
Ammonia is commonly found in many hair dye product. Ammonia can cause irritation on the skin and lungs. It is better to aviod this during pregnancy.If you still want to dye your hair, look out for products that have little or no ammonia in it.

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Early Signs That You Might Be Pregnant

Most women don’t suspect or think they are pregnant until they notice that they have missed their menstrual period, but even before then there would have been some signs that you are pregnant.

Pregnancy symptoms begin at 4 weeks. Normally you get your period about 4 weeks from the start of your last period, but if you’re pregnant, the clearest sign at this point is a missed period. Many women still feel fine at 4 weeks, but others may notice sore breasts, fatigue, frequent urination, and nausea. Since every woman is different they have different symptoms during pregnancy.

And some of the earliest signs that you are pregnant include:

  • Shortness of Breath -You might be begin to notice that the normal distance that you would normally take has suddenly become a chore.
  • Sore Breasts – you would probably begin to notice that your breast feel tender and heavy. Pronounced veins and darkened areola are said to be the first sign that you are pregnant.
  • Fatigue – You would begin to get exhausted easily. This tiredness usually continues all through the first trimester and get better by the second trimester.
  • Nausea – For a lot of women nausea usually starts at the about 6 weeks but some might begin to feel nauseous from the 4th week of pregnancy and usually reduces by the second semester. Pregnant women are advised the manage the nausea by taking crackers and ginger tea.
  • Frequent Urination – You might begin to notice that your visit to the toilet has become more frequent than usual. This occurs are mainly because the blood flow to the woman’s kidneys increases. This increased urine production peaks by about 9 to 16 weeks of the pregnancy, then settles down.
  • Headaches – You might begin to notice that you are having headaches frequently this is usually as a result of the changes in hormones happening in your body. If you are pregnant it is advised that to handle the headaches you seek the advice of your doctor for safe painkillers to use.
  • Backaches – If you don’t normally have backaches, you might begin to notice that your back is sore. This happens because your ligaments are becoming loose and this would probably continue all through your pregnancy as your baby becomes bigger.
  • Cravings or Food Aversions – If you begin to crave or suddenly can’t stand some food that you eat normally it might be an early sign of pregnancy.
  • Constipation and Bloating – if you suddenly begin to feel constipated or bloated it could be a sign of pregnancy. It might be extra progesterone due to pregnancy, which slows down your digestive system.
  • Mood Swings – Most pregnant women go through different emotion mainly due to the increase of hormones. Some moms-to-be experience heightened emotions, both good and bad, while others feel more depressed or anxious.
  • Heightened Sense of Smell – If you are suddenly sensitive to different smell it might be because you are pregnant.
  • Dizziness – We have seen it in a lot of movies but its is actually based on reality. If you suddenly begin to feel dizzy it could be a sign that you are pregnant.
  • Spotting or Light Bleeding – It is usually earlier than normal and very light unlike your normal period. You may actually be experiencing implantation bleeding, where the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine wall and causes a little bloodshed.
  • Missed Period– This usually one of the most obvious signs of pregnancy and it is at this point that people begin to take note of the other symptoms they have been feeling. Missed period would only be noticed if the person’s period is usually regular.
  • Positive Pregnancy Test– This usually gives a more definite answer to whether you are pregnant or not and it can be done anywhere.

It is usually advised that after taking a home pregnancy test, you should also go to the hospital to take a blood test. Then if it comes out positive your doctor would be able to advise you on the next step to take to ensure a smooth pregnancy and safe delivery.


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