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Body Wraps & Pregnancy

by
author image Rose Welton
Rose Welton is a journalism major and a freelance writer. Her education is focused on nutrition and early childhood studies, making her an expert when it comes to writing about health and children's growth and development. She has written numerous articles and blog posts on various topics for online publications and has also worked on an Internet news team.
Body Wraps & Pregnancy
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Body wraps are performed by applying a mixture of ingredients to your body, then wrapping up in a sheet or strips of cloth. This process is designed to get rid of excess fluids and tighten and soften your skin. It is important to evaluate the safety of any product used during pregnancy to determine how it could affect you and your unborn baby.

Safety

If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, Babycenter recommends that you avoid body wraps. If you plan to get a body wrap, talk to your doctor first. She may recommend a safer alternative or option.

Dangers

The Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery states that the goal of a body wrap is to create a thermal blanket that promotes sweating, getting rid of fluid that is in between the spaces of your body tissues. This can cause you to become dehydrated, even if you drink water during the wrap. Dehydration can increase your uterine activity and cause contractions. You can also become overheated during a body wrap, which can increase the risk of neural tube defects in early pregnancy.

Ingredients

The ingredients used in body wraps at spas or home kits can irritate skin, which is more sensitive during pregnancy. You are also more sensitive to smells during your pregnancy, and some scents can cause headaches and make you feel nauseated or lightheaded. Some body wraps contain essential oils, which can be toxic on your skin and dangerous during pregnancy.

Safe Options

If you want to get a body wrap for a relaxing experience, Babycenter recommends opting for a facial or body scrub instead. These services can be soothing and are generally safe. If you feel that you need to lose weight or want a tighter appearance during pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your options.

Recommendations

Ask your doctor before using or trying any beauty regimen during pregnancy. Some products contain ingredients that can be absorbed into your skin and harm you or your baby.

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