Looking Your Best During Pregnancy: Answers to Your Frequently Asked Beauty Questions

Are Any Hair Treatments a No-No?

Most hair treatments, such as dyes, permanents, and relaxers, contain chemicals, and those chemicals are rarely studied in pregnant women. So there is a theoretical risk that they may cause harm when used during pregnancy. However, it's very unlikely that any appreciable amount of these chemicals would be absorbed into your body through your skin, which means they won't be passed to baby, and they are likely safe.
Some hair treatments, such as permanent hair dyes and perm solutions, often contain ammonia, which can emit a toxic fume. Breathing in these fumes may not be safe for your baby. However, it isn't entirely clear that the fumes are actually harmful, either. Nonetheless, many healthcare providers recommend avoiding hair treatments that contain ammonia during the first three months of pregnancy when your baby is going through a critical period of development.
If you're in desperate need of hair coloring in the first trimester, semi-permanent coloring and highlights are safer options. And remember, any hair treatment during your pregnancy, regardless of the timing, should be done in a well-ventilated area. This will reduce the chance that you'll breathe in any fumes. You'll also want to keep the chemicals on your head for the shortest amount of time possible, and wear gloves if you're doing the treatment yourself.

Why Has My Belly Button Popped Out?

If you were an "innie" before becoming pregnant, you might just turn into an "outie" during your second trimester. It's simple mechanics: As your uterus expands and pushes your stomach outward, your belly button follows. There's nothing you can do about it, and it's perfectly harmless. You can relax knowing that your navel will return to its normal position within a few months after giving birth.
In the meantime, if the area becomes irritated, minimize the amount of rubbing by wearing loose pants with a soft waistband, or pants that sit below the belly button. You can also try covering your belly button with an adhesive bandage.
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