Is it safe to use deodorant while pregnant?

Many women have questions and concerns as they face all the changes that pregnancy brings. And, they all merit an answer since this can represent a very stressful period for the mother-to-be. Luckily for you, we’re here to help with guidance as you go through this important part of your journey!

Is it safe to use deodorant while pregnant?

Here’s a question we get asked a lot by pregnant women. Is it safe to use deodorant, or an antiperspirant while pregnant? Much misleading information may have you wondering if you should stop using deodorant. Thanks to hormones and weight gain, many women can have the impression they are overheating 24/7 while pregnant. Let’s cut to the good news - yes you can still use your favourite protection against sweat and odors. Some might say you should stay away from deodorant that contains aluminum, but if you want our advice, pregnant or not, these products shouldn’t be anywhere around you. Aluminum in deodorants is always bad news.

If you’re a regular reader of Green Beaver blog articles, you probably already know this but let’s recap just in case. Your body produces sweat to cool down when it’s too hot, but contrary to popular belief, sweat doesn’t smell bad - body odour occurs at the moment at which it mixes with bacteria. To protect yourself against this, you can either opt for a deodorant or an antiperspirant. Deodorants will get rid of bad odour and let your body cool down as sweat will work its magic. Antiperspirants will protect you against odour as well but won’t let sweat leave your body, resulting in you keeping a better appearance, but not cooling down as much as if you were using deodorant. The choice is yours.

One last piece of advice, stay away from any product containing parabens. They are widely used in cosmetics as preservatives and are known to disrupt hormone function as they mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells. In fact, we recommend avoiding parabens altogether, pregnant or not.

The only thing left to do is to congratulate you on your pregnancy. It is a wonderful moment in someone’s life and what’s coming next will be even more amazing! Psst! Speaking of what’s next, have you heard about our Mommy Club? If not, you should explore our section dedicated to mommies.

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