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4 beauty products all pregnant women should avoid

Keeping your baby safe.

Retinoids

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

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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.

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Parabens

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.

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Parfum

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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