During your pregnancy, many important events occur in your body that affect your immune, hormone and vascular system. These changes can initiate some pathological and physiological processes in your skin.
Darkening, called an increase in pigmentation in your skin color, increase in hair volume, crack formation in your body, especially in your abdomen and hips, varicose veins or edema occurring in your legs due to your increased estrogen levels, redness in your hands are also likely to happen to you in your pregnancy.
However, one of the most troubling cases of mother-to-be is the changes in the functioning of sweat glands. Especially these days when the weather warms up and we enter the summer season, the smell of sweat can make mothers more uncomfortable.
While increasing the smell of sweat during pregnancy creates the need to use perfume and deodorant, expectant mothers may be concerned about the use of these products.
Why Does Sweat Increase during Pregnancy?
In the ecrine and apocrine sweat glands found in the body, the increase in function during pregnancy is observed. While the ecrine sweat glands are commonin the body, apocrine sweat glands are mostly located in your armpits, neck, chest and pubis area.
Normally, the body releases 1 milli liter of sweat per square meter, while during pregnancy this amount can be up to 40 times. It’s the eighth time of the pregnancy. this condition begins to occur from the week, and as a result, the rate of heat, hyperhidrosis called the paramilitary, excessive sweating and related eczema.
In particular, a constantly wet image caused by increased sweating on the armpits can cause expectant mothers to feel unhappy and have problems in social and business life.
Many expectant mothers increase the use of deodorant, perfume and antiperspirant products to cope with this problem. As a result, pregnant women are heavily exposed to chemicals that have the potential to cause allergies in cosmetic products.
Chemicals affected during pregnancy can cause fear and anxiety. Although scientific research has proven that some prescription drugs have negative effects on the baby in the womb, there has been not enough work on whether deodorant, perfume, shampoo and other skin care products still on the market have damaging effects on the baby.
However, it has not been reported that perfumes and deodorants used have caused any problems so far.
Can Perfume and Deodorant Be Used during Pregnancy?
It is not a problem to use perfume and deodorant unless the expectant mother is disturbed during pregnancy. However, it is necessary to take care that perfumes are not too heavily scented.
However, the use of deodorants and candles used for armpits can be a bit risky. Since additives of these products are usually petroleum-derived chemicals, it is useful to use as little as possible.
Which Perfumes and Deodorants Should Be Used during Pregnancy?
In the United States, the committee called “Food and Drug Administration (FDA)” examines all cosmetic substances that cause carcinogenic and toxic effects that form an anomaly in the baby. These effects are allowed to market cosmetic products containing substances that do not exist.
In our country, the substances used in cosmetic products are made from the substances approved by the committee in the United States. Therefore, these products have no known teratogenic, carcinogenic and toxic effects.
Some antiperspirant deodorants used daily clog sweat glands with aluminum content, prevent sweat ingenue, but sometimes cause irritation dermatitis, which is characterized by redness and severe itching on the skin. Cream-shaped antiperspirant deodorants have a very small potential to cause allergic reactions, while roll-on deodorants are quite high.
How Should Perfume and Deodorant Use Be During Pregnancy?
Perfumes contain a lot of chemicals in their content, so it ranks first among cosmetics that cause allergic skin reactions. If the mother’s allergy to deodorant or perfumes is allergic, when using these products, severe allergic skin reactions to the skin can begin.
Medications that can be used for treatment when encountering such a condition during pregnancy can create negative conditions for the health of the baby and pregnancy. Therefore, during pregnancy, deodorant or perfumes made of natural ingredients as much as possible should be preferred.
Especially in mothers with already existing skin diseases, such as seborrheic dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, allergic reactions against cosmetic products can be more severe, so it is important to be more selective in cosmetic product preferences such as deodorant and perfume.
Advice against Sweating During Pregnancy
• For excessive sweating, which may develop as a result of increased sweating, it should be made a habit of going into the shower every day.
• The water used during the shower should be around 37–38 degrees and the bath time should be arranged so that it does not exceed 15 minutes.
• No pouch should be applied to the body more frequently than once a week.
• After showering, the body should be moistened with the help of appropriate moisturizers.
• You should moisten your skin after your bath.
• All cosmetic products used during pregnancy should be noted that they have been approved by the FDA.