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Is It Safe to Use Body Scrub, Wash and Lotion During Pregnancy?

Is it safe to use body scrubs, washes and my regular lotions now that I'm pregnant?

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Is it safe to use body scrubs, washes and my regular lotions now that I'm pregnant?

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Your skin is extra-sensitive now that you’re pregnant, are we right? Body scrubs and exfoliants can actually cause micro-tears on your skin, which isn’t just irritating, it can also make it easier for chemicals to be absorbed into it. You’re better off using a loofah or soft washcloth to scrub away dead skin cells.

And there are ingredients in soaps and body washes to avoid: triclosan, parabens, fragrance and rosemary. Triclosan creates a carcinogen as a by-product. Parabens can affect hormone levels. Fragrance and rosemary could irritate your skin.

You should also try to stay away from lotion with aloe vera. In studies, it’s been linked to birth defects when taken orally. You’re not drinking the stuff, but remember, your skin does absorb what you put on it, so we think it’s not worth it.

Plus, more from The Bump:

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Is It Safe to Use Body Scrub, Wash and Lotion During Pregnancy?

You should call 1-800-733-4727 with any questions you have about having a healthy pregnancy. They helped me figure out what to do when I was in the same boat! It is confidential and 100% free and the genetic counselors and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable!

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Is It Safe to Use Body Scrub, Wash and Lotion During Pregnancy?

You can call 1-800-733-4727 for free and confident information. I call them weekly with questions about things I can and cannot use while pregnant and they don't get annoyed. :)

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