For many women, perfume is a part of life. However, with all the different things women must be cautious of during pregnancy, you may be wondering if perfume is acceptable.
While there is believed to be no harm in wearing perfume during pregnancy, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind.
Heightened sense of smell during pregnancy
One of the biggest symptoms experienced during pregnancy is a heightened sense of smell. In addition, a sensitivity to some commonly used scents.
- Some women claim perfume contributes to morning sickness
- Some pregnant women experience skin irritations as a result of perfume
Perfume is technically safe to wear and there have not been any definite studies suggesting there being any harm to unborn babies. Application of perfume directly to the skin however may cause irritation for some women, specifically because skin can become oversensitive during pregnancy and you may react to it in ways you never have before. This is why many women choose to go without.
When in doubt, soaps, lotions and creams used during pregnancy should contain no chemicals or harsh irritants. This not only saves pregnant women the trouble of dealing with skin breakouts but also could protect the health of the fetus.
It is a personal decision and women react to different things at different times during their pregnancy so if you continue to wear perfume, just be aware that if you are experiencing any irritations or starting to feel nauseous, it could be your favorite perfume.
After your baby is born, you may decide to give up using scented lotions, body wash and wearing perfume though as it can upset your baby. Perfume and breastfeeding is not recommended. Read all about that here!
Did you stop wearing perfume during your pregnancy?