Pregnancy is both an exciting and emotional time as expectant mothers prepare themselves physically and mentally for the birth of their baby. Most women still want to look and feel their best while they are expecting, but at the same time would not want to jeopardise the health of their growing baby. Some women will have been undergoing regular aesthetic treatments like Botulinum Toxic or Dermal Fillers before pregnancy and will want to know what procedures they can safely continue to have.

Although many pregnant women request this therapy, the safety of botulinum toxin A in pregnancy is a controversial topic. There have been no scientific studies conducted to effectively assess whether the use of this substance is safe for the baby. There have been multiple reports of botulinum toxin being used in pregnant women unknowingly for other medical procedures. The majority of these cases resulted in no harm to the mother or growing baby. However, should you decide to pursue this therapy during pregnancy, you should really discuss it with your doctor.

What if the practitioner is not aware that the patient is pregnant? 

Practitioners may inadvertently perform procedures on a patient during the first trimester, before the patient herself is even aware of the pregnancy. Or a patient may choose not to reveal her pregnancy to the practitioner. These scenarios highlight the importance of carrying out a thorough consultation with patients before every treatment, even if the patient is a regular customer. Patient circumstances are constantly changing and practitioners need to be aware of this in order to select patients and advise them appropriately.

Dermal Fillers and Pregnancy 

Fillers basically do what they sound like they do. A substance, usually hyaluronic acid (most common), collagen, or fat is injected into the area of wrinkles. The substance helps smooth out the texture of the skin and reduce the appearance of any unwanted lines and indentations. 

All of the methods for reducing wrinkles have one thing in common: they are all temporary and more often than not, you have to get more treatments to keep your skin looking healthy and fresh!

Unfortunately, due to the lack of medical studies on the effects of Fillers, it’s advisable to leave this treatment until after your pregnancy.

However, there are some things you can do starting today to ensure your skin keeps looking great!

Lifestyle for Healthier Facial Skin:

1.  Protect your skin from the sun.

2.  Eat a balanced diet.

3.  Drink a minimum 2 litres of water 

4.  Obviously no smoking! 

5.  Relax – manage your stress 

There are lots of things you can do to make yourself feel better about your new body. 

It’s good to be active….small exercise. 

Treat yourself, it feels great to spoil yourself every now & then. 

A nice facial can be welcome but make sure to let the aesthetician know you’re pregnant (if it’s not obvious of course) Most facials are safe during pregnancy but products containing retinoids are not, so skip them until baby’s born.

When pregnant you don’t want to raise your body temperature for more than 10 minutes so it’s best to avoid spa treatments such as Saunas, Steam Rooms & Hot Tubs.

After the first trimester you’ll be happy to hear that massages are considered safe but once again make the massage therapist aware that you’re pregnant as some oils might not be suitable & some aromas can trigger nausea.

Due to an increase in vitamins & minerals and hormonal changes fingernails & toenails grow faster during a pregnancy so it’s good to know that Manicures & Pedicures are completely safe during pregnancy.

It is the most beautiful time in a woman’s life is when she’s pregnant. It can be a challenging 9 months but ultimately the prize at the end of it all makes it worth every minute…..