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Is Perfume Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

Is there any reason I should stop using perfume while I’m pregnant?


Is there any reason I should stop using perfume while I’m pregnant?

The Bump Expert

Perfumes, or any product containing fragrance of parfum, may contain a class of ingredients called phthalates. Perfumes are made up of combinations of chemical compounds, which manufacturers are not required to list on their packages -- that's because fragrances are considered trade secret. Phthalates, which are hormone-mimicking chemicals, are often found in perfumes because they help the fragrance last longer. Perfumes also contain chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, have short- and long-term adverse health effects.

Not just that. Your sense of smell and sensitivity are probably heightened right now. Perfumes may cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath (like you need any more of that!).

If you love to wear a scent (we get it -- it can really make you feel good, especially when you’re not at your best), we suggest using just a small spritz of essential oil. Try something citrusy -- citrus has been shown to be a mood lifter. And if you simply can’t part with your signature scent, then at the very least don’t use it during the first trimester. Studies have shown a possible link between perfume use and birth defects during the first 12 weeks of gestation.

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belli beautiful book cover Melissa Schweiger and Annette Rubin, coauthors of Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom and Baby

Is Perfume Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

I try to keep away from deodorants and antiperspirants while being pregnant, I use only perfumes that have citrus fragrances because this makes me calm. Stay away from synthetic fragrances even when you are not pregnant, they are very harmful for your health.

amyabel68 |


I also read some research that if you are pregnant with a boy it can affect the size of developing penis:)) Either way I am staying away from chemicals while pregnant. Shower twice a day, there is no smell better than clean:)

Klubnichka |

Is Perfume Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

I read that musks are the worst and that there are so many chemicals in perfumes. My friend turned me on to a new all natural perfume line called Pour le Monde. They are chemical free and smell really great. Hope that helps!

greeneliving |

Is Perfume Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

During pregnancy, it's better to avoid some perfumes, they may cause nausea and dizziness. However, the summer fragrances, that contain organic ingredients, pose no risk and can be used without any restraint.

elizabeth675 |