Can dying your hair harm your baby while pregnant?
Although fairly limited, most research indicates the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. In addition, only small amounts of hair dye may be absorbed by the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus.
Despite what you might have heard, most cleaning products are safe to use during pregnancy -- provided you use them carefully. Clean in well-ventilated areas with windows and doors propped open, wear rubber gloves, and never mix cleaning products such as ammonia and bleach (the smell can make you sick).
- Avoid these 8 household chores during pregnancy
- Using harsh chemicals. Products such as mosquito spray, oven cleaner and bleach all have noxious fumes.
- Lifting heavy loads.
- Cleaning up after pets.
- Cleaning curtains and ceiling fans.
- Mopping and sweeping.
- Cleaning windows.
- Washing dishes.
- Cat urine is also harmful to humans. Typical symptoms of cat urine allergy include: red eyes, itchiness of the skin, nose etc, sneezing, headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, coughing etc. Highly concentrated ammonia in cat urine can also cause dangerous diseases like pneumonia and bronchitis.
- It's best to limit your exposure to paint and paint fumes while you're pregnant. Most paint contains solvents (petroleum-based chemicals) that can cause health problems if you inhale too much of them. Research that has looked at paint exposure during pregnancy has not shown consistent results.
NHS guidance states that chemicals in permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes, including those that contain bleaching agents, are not highly toxic. Although there's only limited research, most of the evidence shows that it's safe to colour or bleach your hair while pregnant.
- The active ingredient in fake tan is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a type of sugar. We don't know how breathing in fake tan spray will affect you or your baby. To be on the safe side during pregnancy, try to avoid tanning booths and stick to fake tans that you can apply by rubbing, not spraying.
- Coloring your hair is safe during both pregnancy and breastfeeding. Virtually no one is in so much contact with hair dye chemicals that they suffer negative health consequences. Besides, the chemicals in the dye will not enter your milk supply, so they won't get to your baby.
- Ammonia is also used to remove colour from the hair so that it can then be re-coloured. Ammonia-free colouring. This does not mean that your hair dye is organic or natural. The product is still full of chemicals, but doesn't contain ammonia. This means it is a lot less harmful to your hair and your health.
Most research, although limited, shows it's safe to colour your hair while pregnant. Some studies have found that very high doses of the chemicals in hair dyes may cause harm. However, these doses are massive compared with the very low amount of chemicals a woman is exposed to when colouring her hair.
- Think it through. The main concern with getting a tattoo during pregnancy is the risk of contracting an infection, such as Hepatitis B and HIV. Although the risk is small, it is recommended that you wait to get a tattoo until after your baby is born.
- Just be sure to avoid so-called 'black henna'. This is sometimes used to create henna tattoos, and is actually a synthetic hair dye containing para-phenylenediamine (PPD), which can cause severe allergic reactions. “Regrettably, many 'henna' products (even marketed as 'natural') contain permanent hair dyes.
- A pregnancy is divided into trimesters: the first trimester is from week 1 to the end of week 12. the second trimester is from week 13 to the end of week 26. the third trimester is from week 27 to the end of the pregnancy.
Updated: 14th October 2018