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PG Rating: How Much Pampering Is Too Much For Pregnant “Moms”

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

Women that are PG (pregnant, that is) are often encouraged to take it slow and easy. And, they are also encouraged to pamper themselves. In fact, from sexy selections in maternity wear to specialized spa treatments moms-to-be are encouraged to treat themselves with lots of TLC.

Still, fearing stories of birth defects caused by hair dyes and labor set in motion by pedicures, ladies may by leery about booking a spa day. So, what’s fact and what’s fiction, the experts weigh in.

· Experts say that most hair dyes “do” contain many chemicals, but they also assert that many studies show that these “additives” have no direct link to birth defects or childhood cancers. Still, they recommend limited exposure, suggesting that dyeing you hair once or twice during your pregnancy isn’t likely to cause any significant problems or issues. However, they note that playing it safe may mean waiting it out, at least until the second or third trimester when most of the baby’s organs are developed or choose organic products and/or highlights over single-process color; noting that since highlights are not applied directly to the scalp, there is less change that the chemicals will make their way into your and your baby’s bloodstream.

· Getting a rubdown may be just what mom needs to rub her the right way say the pros. In fact, it’s a great way to help alleviate stress and boost circulation, as well as soothe away any pregnancy aches and pains. However, they “do,” suggest that the therapist is well informed about pregnancy and the body changes that take place. For moms who want a back rub while lying face down, experts suggest spas that offer special cut-out tables; and for those who suffer from nausea, they recommend letting your therapist know and opting for unscented oils. And, last but not least they recommend proceeding with caution to places that request a doctor’s note. They note that this is often a clear sign that they don’t often deal with mom’s-to-be and are uncomfortable treating pregnant ladies.

· It’s likely that your pregnancy is giving you plenty to smile about, so you’ll also want to perfect and polish your pearly grin. But, experts suggest taking a “pregnant pause”. They note that the chemicals used in teeth whitening have never been studied for and, even experts don’t know if the procedure is safe. Plus, your gums may be more sensitive and apt to bleed because of common hormonal fluctuations and shifts, which may be more aggravated by the chemicals.

· Hands down, the experts agree that manicures and pedicures are just fine for pregnant ladies. They do note however, that police does contain small amounts of harsh chemicals, but add that they are not absorbed by your nail beds and have never been connected or associated with birth defects. Still, some moms may feel nauseous if the salon is not adequately ventilated, so for those feeling a bit queasy, they suggest asking to sit by a door, window or fan.

· While your baby will have a way of warming your heart (even before it’s born) experts caution against unwinding hot-tubs or Jacuzzis since the temperature of the water may be too warm for your baby bump, especially since its been determined that increased core temperature (primarily in the first trimester) has been linked to birth defects. Instead they suggest soaking in a warm/luke-warm tub instead, preventing your body from reaching dangerous temperature levels. Saunas and steam rooms should be avoided too, especially since the heat and steam can throw your off balance.

· Keeping a beautiful PG glow may mean paying extra attention to your face and skin. And, experts give facial treatments the thumbs up. However, since your complexion may be more sensitive than usual, you may want to reconsider any harsh peels and microdermabrasion. And, they recommend letting your aesthetician know about any smells you simply can’t take or have an aversion to. Finally, once you get safely into your second and third trimester, request to be propped up on pillows so that you avoid laying flat on your back, a position that can slow down circulation and make you feel off-center and dizzy.

· Sure you want to look “sensational”, but according to experts tanning beds ad a huge DON’T during pregnancy. Besides the risks of skin cancer, the powerful UV exposure can exacerbate skin discolouration during pregnancy, making a natural occurrence markedly worse. Not to mention that the intense heat can be harmful for your baby. If you need a little “sun”, experts suggest the real thing, as long as you use sunscreen.

· Many ladies looking forward to a “smooth” pregnancy may wonder about waxing. Well, according to the experts this often, painful procedure is fine (in trimesters one and two), as long as you’re use to the pain. They remind expectant moms that are not past 37 weeks (in trimester three), that, the pulling and prodding may give way to (premature) contractions…and that’s not good. In addition your skin may be extra sensitive during this time, so you may want to book your appointment a few days before you step out sands stockings.

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