Myths and truths about dangerous products in pregnancy
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Pregnancy products are quite numerous and come in different forms in the way of pregnancy. A pregnant woman should be twice as cautious as usual when using a lot of the products she comes into daily contact with. But as "not everything that eats flies", everything that is besides a pregnant woman is dangerous to the baby.
Here are the most widespread controversies or myths about dangerous products for the pregnancy and the truths behind them!
What are the products considered dangerous in pregnancy?
Products that represent a potential risk for pregnancy are divided into two main categories: food and non-food. On the one hand, cleaning products or cosmetics are taken in view, and on the other, the food products - cheeses, coffee, tea, alcohol, fish, etc., on which the doctors warn that there are reasons for concern during pregnancy.
Many of these warnings are unjustified, as there is still no evidence that some of them would cause complications or in any way affect the fetus. It is advisable to know all the specialists' hypotheses regarding their effects on a pregnancy and to judge yourself if it is necessary to stay away from them when you are pregnant.
Products considered dangerous in pregnancy - between myth and truth
Hair dye affects the face
There is no study to certify that hair dye would in any way affect the face. Specialists have drawn this conclusion based on the fact that many of these products contain harmful chemicals, which once enter the body of the pregnant woman and reach the fetus, could lead to pregnancy complications. However, there are a lot of hair paints made from 100% natural ingredients that can be safely used during this period.
Cosmetics are dangerous for pregnancy
The fact that cosmetic products could harm pregnancy is a risk that plagues pregnant women, but has not been scientifically proven yet, at least not in men. However, it cannot be considered a myth in its entirety! There have been a lot of laboratory tests on animals and it has been found that certain chemicals commonly used in their composition - parabens, phthalates, etc. - would have a harmful effect on the pregnancy.
But it is not known if they have the same effect in humans. What is known for sure is that pregnant women should stay away from Retin-A anti-acne creams, which contain too much vitamin A or its derivatives. Anti-aging should also be avoided, as they contain large amounts of vitamin E or A, considered dangerous for pregnancy.
Coffee or caffeine is dangerous for pregnancy
Although most doctors recommend the complete avoidance of caffeine products during pregnancy, there are studies that show that moderate consumption of this substance does not harm the fetus. In addition, caffeine itself is not dangerous for pregnancy. It becomes a danger when consumed in very large quantities.
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, moderate caffeine intake, equivalent to 200 ml of coffee a day, does not cause spontaneous abortion or premature birth. However, doctors try to remain cautious, which is why they recommend the complete exclusion of these products from the diet of a pregnant woman.
It is not dangerous to drink a glass of alcohol, occasionally, during pregnancy
You've probably heard moms who confessed to consuming a glass of wine or beer in pregnancy, without the baby having suffered from it. Although alcohol is a product that physicians absolutely forbid during pregnancy, there are indeed situations where the pregnant woman can consume small amounts without any problem.
No studies have been done to find out how much alcohol is considered dangerous for pregnancy, so it is not known exactly how safe it is to consume during this period. For precautionary reasons, doctors advise pregnant women to abstain completely from consuming such drinks.
It is certain that under careful medical supervision, occasionally and in very small quantities, alcohol can be harmless in pregnancy. But you cannot know for sure if you are one of the "lucky" pregnant women in this sense or not! You do it at your own risk!
You are not allowed to eat cheese or fish in pregnancy
Fish is one of the foods recommended in the diet of a pregnant woman, and the idea that it increases the risk of pregnancy and complications is just a myth. Or rather, half a myth. There are certain types of fish that, due to their high mercury content, increase the risk of teratogenic effects (morphological defects) in the fetus and other pregnancy complications. These include shark, tuna or swordfish. But even so, these fish are dangerous only if they are consumed frequently and in large quantities.
And cheese is a special category of food in pregnancy. Pregnant women should stay away from all cheeses obtained from unpasteurized or raw milk. These can contain harmful bacteria for pregnancy. The assortments made from pasteurized milk are safe and represent a rich source of calcium in pregnancy.
Herbal teas are dangerous in pregnancy
Not everything that is natural is healthy or safe in pregnancy. Many teas can be safely consumed when you are pregnant, but there are herbs that should be avoided during the nine months. Ask your doctor before trying to drink a herbal tea that you doubt would be safe for you and your baby!
Cleaning products put your pregnancy in danger
The danger of cleaning products during pregnancy is often used as a pretext for pregnant women to stay away from homework. But these products can only endanger the pregnancy under certain conditions and there are only a few types that are considered a risk factor.
If you take the necessary precautionary measures when using them - mask, gloves - all cleaning products can be used successfully, even when you are pregnant. If you do not want to risk this, you can opt for organic cleaning products, made from natural ingredients, which are harmless for pregnancy.
What products have you completely avoided during pregnancy and why? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!
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