Can I use herbal products during pregnancy? Are they safe?
That depends on what you're using and for what purpose, really. Just keep in mind these loose guidelines:
- Discuss with your doctor about the product and its dose, duration, type and form (i.e. infusion, capsule, tincture, etc.)
- Avoid using them in the first trimester. This is the time when the baby's organs and tissues form.
- Avoid products with many herbs as it can be confusing to diagnose the cause to a particular reaction.
- Be aware of how these products interact with any other medications you are taking. Some combinations are harmful.
Can I use hair dyes during pregnancy?
Not much is known about the effects of hair treatments on the developing foetus. But if you can go without them for the whole nine months, then nothing like it as there are no organic hair treatment products available presently. Or then, you could skip the hair procedures for the first three months as this is the period when the foetus is most susceptible to infections.
Is there anything that I can do to prevent stretch marks?
Stretch marks are light brown or dark brown streaks (depending on your skin tone) that develop mostly on the abdomen during later stages of pregnancy. They can also appear on breasts, thighs, hips and butts. The faster you put on weight during your pregnancy, the more the chances of deeper stretch marks. So your best bet is try to maintain a moderate exercise routine for as long as you can. Well, nothing can assure the prevention of stretch marks, but the popular vote goes to cocoa butter in lightening stretch marks. Our advice, dial grandma now and ask her to share her priceless advice. You'll be surprised by how effective her home remedies can be. Don't forget to share them with us!