When you are pregnant, there are various things you have to avoid that especially foods. However, there are also beauty products that should be avoided so as to protect your unborn child from any adverse effects.

Here are 4 beauty products that should be avoided by expectant mothers.


It is anti-aging ingredient which prevents skin collagen from breaking down.

On products, it is listed as Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapelene, trelinoi, tazarotene and isotretinoin.

Increases risk of birth defects.

Instead use soy, vitamin C, kojic acid and glycolic acid.

Chemical sunscreens

Some chemicals in sunscreens cause low birth weight- a risk factor for coronary heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.


Found in lotions, shampoo, cleanser, antiperspirants and body wash.

It mimics oestrogen and can enter the placenta and the child's bloodstream.

It leads to autistic like symptoms, impaired social behavior and learning difficulties.

Opt for products labelled paraben-free.


Avoid fragrances and perfumes that contain phthalates.

Found in nail polish, deodorants and hairsprays.

They disrupt hormone function and can lead to miscarriages.

They are labelled as parfum, fragrance oil, artificial fragrance.

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