Body wraps are performed by applying a mixture of ingredients to your body, then wrapping up in a sheet or strips of cloth. This process is designed to get rid of excess fluids and tighten and soften your skin. It is important to evaluate the safety of any product used during pregnancy to determine how it could affect you and your unborn baby.
If you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, Babycenter recommends that you avoid body wraps. If you plan to get a body wrap, talk to your doctor first. She may recommend a safer alternative or option.
The Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery states that the goal of a body wrap is to create a thermal blanket that promotes sweating, getting rid of fluid that is in between the spaces of your body tissues. This can cause you to become dehydrated, even if you drink water during the wrap. Dehydration can increase your uterine activity and cause contractions. You can also become overheated during a body wrap, which can increase the risk of neural tube defects in early pregnancy.
The ingredients used in body wraps at spas or home kits can irritate skin, which is more sensitive during pregnancy. You are also more sensitive to smells during your pregnancy, and some scents can cause headaches and make you feel nauseated or lightheaded. Some body wraps contain essential oils, which can be toxic on your skin and dangerous during pregnancy.
If you want to get a body wrap for a relaxing experience, Babycenter recommends opting for a facial or body scrub instead. These services can be soothing and are generally safe. If you feel that you need to lose weight or want a tighter appearance during pregnancy, talk to your doctor about your options.
Ask your doctor before using or trying any beauty regimen during pregnancy. Some products contain ingredients that can be absorbed into your skin and harm you or your baby.