August 30, 2008,
D.W. asks from Waunakee, WI on August 27, 2008
Clinical Strength Deodorant
I may be worring too much here but I'm five months pregnant and wondering if it is ok to us the over the counter clinical strength anti-perspirant/deodorant. I read the box and it doesn't say anything about not using if you are pregnant. Of course I forgot to ask my doctor when I saw her last week! It just seems the list of products you should stay away from when pregnant gets longer and longer!
K.B. answers from Minneapolis on August 27, 2008
I don't see anything wrong with using that deoderant. I actually used it while pregnant. I didn't buy it again, only because I didn't notice any difference between the regular deoderant and the "clinical strenght", besides price!!
D.J. answers from Duluth on August 28, 2008
I'm not pregnant (have four wonderful boys already), but I think a lot about what I put on my skin every day and I am so excited to have found a product that is pure, safe, AND beneficial to use effectively under my arms. It is made by a company called Arbonne International. Their products are botanically based and contain no harmful chemicals, dyes or fragrances. Many of their products are useful for more than one thing, and what I have found to work just as good as the best deodorant/anti-antiperspirant out there is Arbonne's foot creme (of all things)! Because it contains no mineral oil or petroleum products, it is absorbed into the skin and the skin stays dry and non-greasy. I also use a mineral stone that I purchased from the local health food store, but that alone didn't take care of the odor. Once I started using the creme the odor went away (along with the perspiration). Just a little bit goes a long way too, and because of that the cost is less per day than others.
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K.S. answers from Minneapolis on August 28, 2008
I lOVE that stuff. Works way better for me. But I also am wondering what is in it to make it better. A couple thoughts. You could call the company itself. You could also try a pharmacist. And also your doctor.
H.A. answers from Waterloo on August 28, 2008
I would just call your Dr.'s nurse and ask her. You don't have to wait til the next time you see your dr.
A.D. answers from Minneapolis on August 28, 2008
I stopped using anti-perspitant during my pregnancies. I know aluminum is a neurotoxin (and more easily absorbed by the skin than through the gut) and I figured better safe than sorry. Here's some info: http://www.controlyourimpact.com/articles/antiperspirant-...
I used just a deoderant instead. Some natural deoderants are better then others. You may have to try a few. I had great luck with the melaleuca brand, but it's hard to get when you don't subscribe to the whole thing - otherwise I'd still be using it today! Even with the natural ones though, you might want to research the ingredients. Mastels Health food on St. Clair in St. Paul has a book that you can look up the ingrediants while you are right there looking at the products which is nice, but I don't know how good their products are.
T.S. answers from Minneapolis on August 28, 2008
It has a higher aluminum content (which is the active ingredient). You may want to look that up and see what effect that could have on your pregnancy, if any.
A.K. answers from Minneapolis on August 28, 2008
I agree with the other posts. Just don't use it. If you really feel like you have to use a antiperspirant use one with a lower aluminum content. The Uncle Tom's is okay, I have used it, but it isn't as good as aluminum brands. However, showering very frequently, even if you don't wash you hair, will make you feel much better as your pregnancy progresses. During the last two months of my pregnancy I was showering up to three times a day because the hot water relaxes the uterus. So, my advice is to try either no antiperspirant or a low grade one, and shower frequently.
D.G. answers from Minneapolis on August 28, 2008
Personally D., I would stay away from any type of antiperspirant. They have a tendency to have toxic elements in them. Here's a quote from a website suite101.com:
"In a culture where being well-groomed and attractive are almost a necessity, dependence on deodorant and antiperspirant is a must. But few know the health hazards present in the everyday underarm cosmetic. Beyond the synthetic fragrances and toxic ingredients found in most personal care products, antiperspirant and deodorant are loaded with aluminum compounds that have been linked to Alzheimer's disease and brain disorders, respiratory disorders, and possibly cancer."
Remember anything you apply to your skin is absorbed in your body. That's why the pill patch is so effective as well as nicotine patches.
L.D. answers from Minneapolis on August 28, 2008
I think it should be fine but you could always call your clinic's nurses line to be sure.