Pretty and Pregnant

By Working Mom 2013

Your bump is popping and your feet are swelling, but hey, you still want to look polished and put together at work. Trouble is, you’ve heard you shouldn’t dye your hair or polish your nails or even wear lipstick. Mary Rosser, MD, PhD, an ob-gyn at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, sheds light on some common pregnancy beauty claims.

Color hair, but cautiously. Even if your roots are looking scary, wait until after the first trimester—a critical point in your baby’s development—to dye your hair. Then go ammonia-free if you can, or make sure your salon is well ventilated, as fumes could be harmful to a developing baby (going in the a.m. can equal fewer accumulated salon fumes). Ask your stylist to leave color on your scalp for the shortest amount of time possible so it has less chance to absorb into the skin. Also, highlights don’t touch the scalp at all.

Go basic with nails. Throughout your pregnancy, steer clear of acrylic and gel manicures, which both contain harmful chemicals. Stick to standard mani-pedis after the first trimester, and check that the tools being used are sterilized or bring your own. For nail color, go for brands that are “5-free” (no phthalates—chemicals linked to abnormal reproductive development in males) like Chanel and Priti.

Play up your pout. Most experts believe the amount of lead in lipstick is too small to cause harm, so you can continue to sport your trademark cherry red or pink lip color. If you want to err on the side of caution, use the Internet to research cosmetic lines. Many brands, like bareMinerals and Clinique, sell lipsticks containing little to no lead. Pucker up!

What are your pregnant beauty tips moms?