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Safe cosmetics for use in pregnancy

Some cosmetics are harmful chemicals applied directly to the skin. Pregnancy is a time when many women make substantial changes to their diet to support the healthy development of their baby, but many do not consider that some cosmetics are also worth avoiding in the best interests of maternal and prenatal health.

There are differing studies and opinions as to what ingredients are considered safe and it is worth thinking about what level of ‘risk’ you are comfortable with and making changes to more suitable cosmetic and skins care items early ‚Äì some studies even recommend prior to conceiving.

Cosmetic ingredients that are definitely worth avoiding in pregnancy (and given their potential side effects by all people) are:

Retin A or tretinoin, Retinoids Isotretinoin, Oxybenzone and Phthalates.

Phthalates are particularly problematic as known teratogens such as these can cause fetal malformations, underweight babies and even behavioural impacts in the growing child.

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Lindy Schneider is a writer and researcher with a keen interest in health, wellbeing and natural childcare. She is an advocator of a chemical-free lifestyle in the best interests of her family, the community and a sustainable world. She lives in the Yarra Valley with her partner and two young children.

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