Friday, April 26, 2013

If you want more than the glow of pregnancy

When you get pregnant, doctors and friends can be pretty strict. No more booze, coffee, or hair dye.

What? Hair dye! No way!

The Montefiore Medical Center in NY looked into the no-no's of pregnancy.

This may not be as horrible as you think. You will glow--and your nails will become stronger, you may not need fake ones.

Hair dyes are pretty safe--but try to find a "natural" one, meaning low on ammonia. Don't dye in the first trimester and after that, only in a well-ventilated space. Do not smear the dye all over the skin of your scalp.

Straightening products also have ammonia fumes--so be careful.

Standard manicures after the first trimester are OK. Be sure the instruments have been sterilized. Do not cut cuticles, due to risk of infection.

AVOID acrylic nails because of the chemicals.

If you get acne, wash twice a day with a gentle cleanser--avoid Retin A and tetracycline--they can cause birth defects.

To prevent stretch marks--or try to--use Vitamin E cream.

Remember--you are beautiful just because you are pregnant. Flaunt it!

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