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Is Perfume Safe for Pregnant Women?

You've probably already started making healthy choices in your diet since you found out you were pregnant. But did you ever wonder if some of your toiletries or beauty products are unsafe for your unborn baby? Surely pregnancy is a time when you want to take extra safety precautions.

Everyone knows pregnant women are famous for their heightened sense of smell. When I was pregnant with my son, I had a few weeks where I would have to cover my nose wherever I went. It wasn't just bad smells that bothered me, but also normal smells and fragrances that I normally liked. I also could no longer tolerate my regular perfume -- it gave me headaches and even made me nauseous sometimes. I wondered if there was anything in perfume that could be dangerous for me or my baby?

I was surprised to find that studies have shown that some of the artificial chemicals in perfume may cause birth defects in male fetuses. After discussing this with my doctor, it was advised that I cut down on perfume at least between 8 and 12 weeks, which is when the fetus is the most defenseless.

After the 12 week period, I found that the nausea subsided a bit, and with my doctors approval, I was able to use perfume once more. At this stage in my pregnancy, I found myself craving different kind of fragrances than the perfume I normally used. I found many perfumes overpowering, but fragrances that had strong citrus scents made me feel refreshed and seemed to calm the nausea when it did occur. I found that Calvin Klein's One Summer to be the best perfume for pregnancy. It's a very clean smell and not over-powering, and has a perfect amount of citrus. I also found that light and flowery scents helped when I didn't feel well. Eternity Moment by Calvin Klein is recommended for this. It is very floral, but not too overpowering.

Something else that's highly recommended while pregnant is to use lotions and oils. You can use them even during the 8 to 12 week gestation period without worrying about any harm to your baby. During this period I liked to use the lotion that matched the perfume I liked. Many perfumes also have lotions, oils and bath gels of the same scent. Don't wear all of those things at once though, or you may have a sensory overload.

Although perfume has been found to be safe for pregnant women, always err on the side of caution. During that sensitive 8 to 12 week period when your fetus is very susceptible to all kinds of things, stick to oils and lotion. If you decide to use perfume after this period, it's best not to spray it directly on you. Instead, spray the perfume in the air, walk forward, and let the perfume fall on you. Another idea is to lightly spray your clothes about 10 minutes before putting them on.