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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!

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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!!

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Good luck

I think it should be fine but you could always call your clinic's nurses line to be sure.


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!!

On the container, there will be an active ingredient listed (usually a chemical). Find out what that is and google it to find out what type of checmical harms there are associated with it. Check with your Dr. too though.

Congrats on your pregnancy!

First of all, I'd use the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database to learn more about this issue and for sure look up the specific product you're concerned about:

Secondly, I'll just mention that I guess I'm one of those crazies who thinks sweat is a necessary part of the body's self-cleansing and that offensive BO is a sign that the body is clearing out something nasty. In that case look to diet and to chemical exposure in foods and personal and household products, and maybe in the long term - after weaning - look into doing some gentle cleanses. Truly healthy people don't have BO - but they do sweat.

Hope that helps! :)

I was about to reiterate what Amy D said. Don't use it- the aluminum content is way too high and will get into yours and your baby's bloodstream. I used Uncle Tom's and one other that came in a yellow case. At first I was really nervous about only using deoderant and not anti-perspirant, but it wasn't bad and soon my body adjusted. I still use the natural deoderants because I am still nursing. Great question- I am glad it was posted on this site!

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