Can You Get Botox When You're Pregnant?

The truth behind 5 common cosmetic treatments and their pregnancy safety.

Can You Get Botox When You're Pregnant?

Pregnancy and motherhood can really take a toll on your skin. So if you’re looking for a little cosmetic pick-me-up, we’re certainly in no position to judge. But is your fave facial procedure (ahem, botox) actually safe for pregnancy? And what about its slightly less invasive cousins?

To help us make sense of what’s safe for your pregnancy skin, we asked NYC Medical Aesthetician Cynthia Rivas to break down some of her mama customers’ cosmetic faves. Here’s what you can, can’t and just plain shouldn’t do to your skin during pregnancy.

1. Botox

What it is: The popular injectable drug Botox, made by a company called Allergan, contains botulinum toxin A. There are other manufacturers of botulinum toxin A, including Galderma, which makes a version called Dysort. Many doctors use both of these brands interchangeably.

What it does: Botulinum toxin A reduces fine lines and wrinkles by inhibiting the communication between your nerve cell and your muscle. This paralyzes or weakens your muscle to prevent it from causing the wrinkling in your skin.

Is it safe for pregnancy? Little research has been done on Botox’s safety during pregnancy, and because of this, I highly recommend against it. The same goes for Botox while breastfeeding.

2. Dermalinfusion

What it is: This non-invasive skin treatment purifies, extracts and infuses treatment serums into the skin. The practitioner uses a small pen-shaped tool that essentially buffs, vacuums and then fills your pores with a treatment serum.

What it does: Dermalinfusion is highly effective in treating all skin concerns such as acne, rosacea, congestion, dullness, wrinkles, and pigmentation to name a few. It’s great for all skin types and ethnicities.

Is it safe for pregnancy? Dermalinfusion is totally safe for pregnancy and actually great to address specific pregnancy skin concerns. The serum I love to use during pregnancy is Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin C. It provides brightening, antioxidant protection for your skin and instant and long-term hydration. The serums to completely avoid during pregnancy are the pore clarifying serum, which contains salicylic acid.

3. Dermaplaning

What it is: Dermaplaning is a deep exfoliating treatment that removes dead skin cells using a sterile, scalpel-like blade.

What it does: Dermaplaning not only allows for better product penetration, but also removes the vellus hair or “peach fuzz” on your face. This creates an even skin tone and leaves your skin incredibly smooth. And don’t worry: your hair will not grow back thicker like a beard! Vellus hair is different from terminal hair, which is found on the rest of the body. It cannot grow back thicker, longer, darker or faster when removed.

Is it safe for pregnancy? It is completely safe for pregnancy.

4. Laser Hair Removal

What is is: This medical procedure uses a concentrated beam of light to damage the hair follicles that produce unwanted body hair.

What it does: Laser hair removal is used to reduce or permanently remove unwanted hair growth.

Is it safe for pregnancy? There are no studies that evaluate the safety of Laser Hair Removal during pregnancy. Due to this, I would recommend against it. It is also important to understand that pregnancy hormones cause your skin to react differently to treatments than it did when you weren’t pregnant. The heat and lights used in this treatment could cause complications in your skin like pigmentation, which is another reason I recommend against it.

5. Chemical Peels

What it is: For this treatment, a solution is applied to your skin to exfoliate and remove damaged outer layers. There’s a wide range of peels available, from mild, at-home formulas, to deeper medical treatments.

What it does: Chemical peels can be helpful in treating acne and wrinkles, and stimulating collagen. They are also effective for exfoliation and brightening.

Is it safe for pregnancy? Not all chemical peels are safe during pregnancy. The only acids that I would recommend you to safely use are glycolic and lactic acid, which are both great in treating pigmentation, stimulating collagen and can help with breakouts. But you should avoid anything that contains salicylic acid, which can cause complications during pregnancy and even birth defects.

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Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

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Balance board

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Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

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Vintage scooter balance bike

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Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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