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Are Deodorants And Antiperspirants Safe To Use During Pregnancy?

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Being presentable has a major role in boosting your confidence level. We all know that already. Irrespective of whether you are a homemaker or a professional, it is important to maintain your self-esteem in the course of pregnancy. There is no doubt about that as well. You also have to spare a little more time for personal hygiene during pregnancy than your pre-pregnancy time.
Pregnancy and antiperspirants

  • Should I Exercise Caution When Selecting Toiletries During Pregnancy?
  • What Is The Difference Between Deodorants And Antiperspirants?
  • Is It Safe To Use Deodorant And Antiperspirant During Pregnancy?
  • Potential Harmful Chemicals In Deodorants And Antiperspirants?
  • What Are The Alternatives For Deodorants And Antiperspirants During Pregnancy?

Should I Exercise Caution When Selecting Toiletries During Pregnancy?

You need to be very cautious when you select your toiletries. You must always stick on to natural remedies. You may prefer olive oil for hair, virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer, oatmeal and cucumber, as a face pack, apple cider vinegar as a toner and so on. There can be some make-up products that are not safe during pregnancy and you may have to ditch them so that no harm to your baby in the womb.
However, there is something you didn’t even turn your thought to – something you apply to your body each day that is stacked with poisonous chemicals and metals – your antiperspirant and antiperspirant.
Deodorants and antiperspirants are an essential part of day-by-day existence for most people. Getting pregnant, honestly boom this necessity as sweating increases in the course of this time.

What Is The Difference Between Deodorants And Antiperspirants?

Though both deodorant and antiperspirants fight body odor, the acting mechanism of both are very different.
The deodorant fights the body odor by killing the bacteria when you sweat, and thereby, neutralizes the smell of the sweat, as they are made up of antibacterial ingredients. On the other hand, the antiperspirants work by building a barrier between sweat glands and the skin surface by clogging, closing, or blocking the sweat pores, so that the pores cannot release the sweat to the skin surface.
Therefore, when deodorants destroy what causes body odor while you sweat, the antiperspirants keep the whole process of sweating away.

Is It Safe To Use Deodorant And Antiperspirant During Pregnancy?

It is not safe to use all the deodorants and antiperspirants that are available in the market. You should especially think twice before selecting a product, that is the combination of both deodorant and antiperspirant. Applying these occasionally is comparatively safe. Here we are discussing everyday exposure.
Many companies use problematic components in their deodorant and antiperspirant preparation to increase their efficiency.Therefore, look closely at the label of your favorite deodorant when you are pregnant. You should make sure the following toxic ingredients are not a part of your favorite deodorant and antiperspirant (which is not an easy task).

Potential Harmful Chemicals In Deodorants And Antiperspirants?

    • Aluminum Zirconium tetrachlorohydrex /aluminum chloride hexahydrate: Both the above ingredients come under category C, the rating that should be avoided whenever possible. Aluminum is the mostly used chemical in a majority of antiperspirants because as soon as it comes in contact with the sweat, aluminum acts as a solvent and forms a temporary plug in the sweat glands thereby blocking the sweat from reaching the skin surface. During pregnancy,frequent and increased aluminum exposure can cause:
      • Anemia
      • Memory issues like dementia
      • Bone disease
      • Extreme fatigue and weakness
      • Issues with bone

      This chemical can pass through the mother’s skin into her blood stream.Therefore, using the products containing this chemical is very dangerous not only during pregnancy but also during the nursing period (though a negligible amount of aluminum passes into the breast milk, overly using products containing this chemical are found to adversely affect the milk production)

Pregnancy and deodorants

  • Triclosan: This chemical possess antibacterial property and hence found in a majority of deodorants. As Triclosan is chemically stable,it will not wear down easily,therefore it increases the efficiency of the deodorant.Using deodorants with triclosan during pregnancy can:
    • Alters hormone regulation. This ‘endocrine disruptor’ property of triclosan can adversely affect the hormones that regulate the growth of your baby
    • The ‘chemically stable’ property causes harmful effect during pregnancy, as, once get into your system this chemical will not breakdown easily. This increases the chances of this chemical pass into the fetus through the placenta, once it draws into your blood stream
    • High exposure to endocrine disruptors amid pregnancy could have a conceivably negative effect on the development of the baby’s reproductive system
    • Triclosan is a powerful antibacterial agent. In this way, long-term exposure to this chemical can trigger a condition called antibiotic resistance – a condition in which a new bacterial growth happens in the body which are resistant to antibiotics altogether.
    • Above all, EPA (environmental protection agency) now records triclosan as a pesticide
  • Phthalates: This chemical is used to maintain the fragrance in the deodorants and antiperspirants. Phthalates easily penetrate into the skin. Constant exposure to this chemical can:
    • Trigger miscarriage
    • Alter hormonal system and cause genital reproductive abnormalities in male fetuses
  • Parabens: Parabens are used as preservatives in deodorants and antiperspirants as they are inexpensive. Parabens are estrogenic, that is, they mimic the effect of estrogen
  • Propylene glycol: This is another frequently used chemical in the deodorants and antiperspirants. It is used to create soft and smooth consistency. This synthetic liquid also helps in absorbing sweat and holding moisture
    • PG acts as penetration enhancers.Therefore, if paired with harmful chemicals it can increase their absorption
    • PG is a skin sensitizer and can induce an allergic reaction in the skin, like hives
    • This chemical can cause developmental complication in the fetus and endocrine complication in expecting mothers
    • PG can trigger respiratory issues like asthma

What Are The Alternatives For Deodorants And Antiperspirants During Pregnancy?

  • Crystal Deodorant Stone: Instead of aluminum, in crystal deodorant stone, a different type of compound called alum (either potassium alum or ammonium alum) is utilized. These mineral salts are made up of larger molecules, which do not get absorbed through the skin
  • Milk of magnesia: Milk of magnesia is a milky liquid, which is magnesium hydroxide suspension widely used as a laxative. It has also been found that milk of magnesia is surprisingly effective in controlling body odor when applied under the armpit. Now, this aluminum free deodorant is also available in roll-on forms also in the market
  • Baking soda and cornstarch: Instead of subjecting your skin to harmful chemicals, especially during pregnancy, you can try this natural way to prevent body odor and wetness to a certain extent. Mix one portion of baking soda with six portions of cornstarch. Just like talcum powder, use this mixture under your armpits
  • Lemon juice: Citric acid in lemon juice destroys odor-causing bacteria and lots of expecting mothers rely on swiping their armpit with sliced lemon to fight the body odor. Remember not to apply juice recently shaven armpit
  • Alcohol: Rubbing or spraying alcohol in the armpit is an inexpensive and easy way to kill odor-causing bacteria. Adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil can enhance the effect of this simple deodorant

Avoidance is the best strategy. Remember this when it comes to choosing deodorants and antiperspirants in the course of pregnancy.

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