When it comes to pregnancy and breastfeeding, there’s a lot of things that are suddenly verboten until that baby’s out in the world and eating strained peas from a can. Anything from obvious no-nos, like alcohol and caffeine, to less obvious things such as Vitamin A and oxybenzone (often found in sunscreen), could prove harmful to your still-growing bundle of joy.
So, is something like skin care out of the question?
What’s safe to use while there’s a bun in the oven?
It’s definitely advisable not to start any new treatments or procedures while pregnant, as your body is in a constant state of flux, and you never know how your body might react to any new stimuli. That said, you don’t need to totally abandon the possibility of skin care during your pregnancy. Hyaluronic acid, a chief ingredient found in injectable fillers like Juvederm, isn’t considered harmful since it’s something the body produces anyway, and some doctors even recommend it during pregnancy – dry skin is a common problem among pregnant women, and hyaluronic acid supplements help skin attract and retain moisture.
But what about Juvederm injections? Well, they’re not necessarily dangerous – due to its large molecular size, hyaluronic acid is not systemically absorbed, and thus very unlikely to reach your baby. But it might be wise to err on the side of caution until your pregnancy is over – after all, your baby’s well-being is your first concern. Your surgeon can give you a better idea if it’s safe for you to get an injection while pregnant or breastfeeding, or what alternatives are available in the meantime. Be sure to set up a consultation if you have any questions.