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Botox and Baby Bumps Don’t Mix

Monday, January 28th, 2013

If you’ve gotten Botox or any other medical skin firming treatments in the past, you might be tempted to get more when you become pregnant. Let’s face it, pregnancy might leave you feeling less than your best. Your favorite clothes will be in exile, and all of your hard work in preparation for swimsuit season will be on a beach vacation without you. Botox might seem like a quick solution to get you feeling like your young and vibrant self when you’re pregnant, but studies show that this is not a good idea. Experts agree that while there is no clear evidence of the dangerous effects of Botox on a developing fetus, there is also no clear evidence against them.

Collagen contains vitamins A, K or BHA, which should all be avoided during your pregnancy because their side effects are also not entirely understood. Alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA) is the only treatment cleared by medical experts for use during pregnancy, but even that can have seriously negative effects. It makes you more sensitive to the sun, and your skin is already so during pregnancy, so sunburn is highly likely.

It’s best to avoid any unnecessary medications or treatments during your pregnancy. Think of all the women who are absolutely beside themselves when they are diagnosed with a real illness and are forced to take prescribed medications during their pregnancy. They worry constantly about the effects on their baby, and there’s no reason you should put your little one at risk for vanity’s sake.

Believe your friends when they tell you that you look absolutely glowing because you probably do. There is no need for collagen or Botox during pregnancy. During gestation, your blood vessels will open up and cause swelling all over your body. This is bad news for your ankles, but excellent news for your face. Your cheeks will look rosy, and your lips will look soft and supple. In reality, pregnancy is a natural and safe form of Botox, and you’ll see results that money can’t buy. Enjoy this look now, because it’s the cheapest cosmetic improvement you’ll ever get.

– Yvonne S. Thornton, M. D., M. P. H.