Pregnant women are known to have a lovely glow while they’re carrying babies, but that doesn’t mean it’s enough to make them feel their best. And since the average age of first-time moms like Molly Sims, 38, has increased over the past two decades (babies born to women 35 or older has grown to 14 percent of all new moms, up from 9 percent in 1990), we wondered, are there anti-aging or beauty treatments we need to cut back on?
We asked Reno, NV, dermatologist Laura B. Ostezan, MD, if injections or fillers needed to be stopped before conception. “I recommend stopping all injections as soon as you have confirmed that the patient is pregnant, but not before,” Dr. Ostezan says.
During the course of your pregnancy, she says, “I would stop all of them to be safe, even though none of the commonly used materials are known to be teratogenic [harmful to the development of the fetus].”
Some other beauty treatments to stop during pregnancy: artificial nails, which may contain chemicals that would put your baby at risk; hot spa treatments like hot stone massage, because the increased body temperature they create with a mom-to-be can actually cause miscarriage during the first trimester; and any dental work that requires an X-ray, which exposes your baby to radiation.
After you deliver your baby, you can resume anti-aging injectables or fillers right away, unless you’re nursing. “I would wait on Botox or Dysport if you’re breast feeding, but I think hyaluronic acid fillers would be OK,” Dr. Ostezan says.
Want some ideas of what you can do to look your best throughout your nine months? You can have your hair waxed, use self-tanners and most definitely wear your sunscreen.
“I love the new microdermabrasion machine known as ‘Dermasweep,’” Dr. Ostezan says. “You get amazing exfoliation and can follow with an infusion of a hydrating solution.”
Which beauty rituals did you cut out…or add…during your pregnancy?
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