If there's one question both doctors and search engines must tire of from pregnant women it's this: Is this safe? With so many dangers facing moms-to-be and their developing babies, it's no wonder women are overly cautious. While we'll never steer you away from getting guidance from your health care provider, here are a few common safety questions that may save you a phone call:
For the concert-goer
If you're curious about whether it's OK to attend a noisy concert, rest easy, it is. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, you may be uncomfortable standing for long periods of time, but other than that, there's no harm to you or your little one. Throughout your pregnancy, your baby is cushioned by fluid and tissue, which provides a good amount of protection against loud noise. While your baby will develop his or her hearing around the 17th week, the amniotic sack helps ensure your little one's ears stay safe.
For the beauty queen
To dye or not? That is the question. While there's limited research on the effects of hair dye on developing babies, most doctors advise staying away from the salon until the second trimester. Once your little one's main systems have developed, you may want to consider sticking to highlights and avoiding full color coverage. Whereas full color comes into contact with your scalp, highlights cover the strand only, thus decreasing any risk posed to your little one.
For your pearly whites
Wondering whether it's safe to whiten your teeth while pregnant? The latest medical advice says a big, resounding 'no.' Teeth whitening applications, both professional and at-home, have not been studied for their effects on fetuses. However, the chemicals used are strong enough to bleach the enamel on your teeth, so why take a chance on baby? If you really can't wait to whiten your smile, talk to your dentist about alternatives.
For the cleaning machine
If you're itching to do a deep clean of your home, take a moment to read through your labels. Your cleaning supplies may be labeled toxic, in which case you should put them back on the shelf for later use. To play it extra safe while you clean, use all-natural products such as baking soda, vinegar and essential oils. Always wear gloves to minimize risk and skin irritation and work in a well-ventilated area.
Do you have your doctor on speed dial to provide quick safety checks? What are some of the situations you've wondered whether were OK for baby? Tell us all about your experiences in the comments below.
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