what's hot around the web

you asked...

Are All Shampoos and Conditioners Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

Are there any dangers to look out for in my shampoos and conditioners or hair products? Are there ingredients I should be avoiding during pregnancy?

Re:

Are there any dangers to look out for in my shampoos and conditioners or hair products? Are there ingredients I should be avoiding during pregnancy?

The Bump Expert

Shampoo is on your hair for only about half a minute before you rinse it off. So it couldn’t do much harm, right? Well, honestly, that’s not exactly certain.

Here’s the deal: The ingredient sodium lauryl sulfate, a popular surfactant found in shampoos, has been linked to birth defects in animal studies. (Note that sodium laureth sulfate, which sounds similar, is actually proven safe for use.) Other ingredients to watch out for in haircare products include parabens; rosemary; synthetic fragrances, which may contain phthalates; and a preservative called methylisothiazolinone (MIT). Phthalates may alter hormone levels, and in scientific studies, MIT inhibited the growth of rats’ nerve cells. How these chemicals affect a human fetus really isn’t known (scientists don’t test chemicals on pregnant women). Plus, your hair follicles provide entry points into your skin, so those chemicals could easily enter your body.

The problem is, these chemicals are pretty common in shampoos. So we recommend shampooing less often than usual while you’re pregnant (we got away with doing it about once a week, with a few rinse-downs throughout the week, of course!). When you use conditioner, only apply it to the ends of your hair, not the roots. If you want a deep condition, make a yogurt hair mask out of an egg, plain yogurt and olive oil. It will make your hair smooth and frizz-free without the icky chemicals.

Plus, more from The Bump:

Hair Issues During Pregnancy

Can I Color My Hair While Pregnant?

Is Sunscreen Safe During Pregnancy?

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

Are All Shampoos and Conditioners Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

John Masters Shampoo

RoundDeux |

shampoo-conditioner-safe-during-pregnancy

Can you recommend any specific brand that is safe?

Klubnichka |

Are All Shampoos and Conditioners Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

Not just when you're pregnant, but anytime is a great time to check the ingredients of your personal care products! EWG/Environmental Working Group maintains a database of products at www.ewg.org/skindeep. It's all about the ingredients, and you don't want to be putting toxic chemicals on your body at any time, do you?

queenjody |

Are All Shampoos and Conditioners Safe to Use 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!

hockeymom27 |

Are All Shampoos and Conditioners Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

Some chemicals are more harmful than others. 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. :)

hockeymom27 |

Are All Shampoos and Conditioners Safe to Use During Pregnancy?

Poofy Organics has an entire line of skin and hair products. Certified organic and family homemade. No outside manufactures.

kaniela17 |