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How come when your pregnant you can't use scented hand lotion?

Is there a harmful chemical in scented hand lotion? My husband got me some lotion from Victoria's secret. I don't have any other lotion to use at the moment. My hands are getting dry.

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Asked by innocent10 at 4:13 PM on Jun. 29, 2011 in Pregnancy

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  • first I have heard of it, I lathered up inB&BW even my belly!

    Answer by 2teens2LOs at 4:14 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • I do not think harmful but more the smell. When pregnant certain smells might borther you is all.

    Answer by momindiana at 4:15 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • who told you that?!? Never heard that before.

    Answer by peanutsmommy1 at 4:15 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • I read it somewhere, cannot remember. I was gonna say, man I want to smell good lol.

    Comment by innocent10 (original poster) at 4:16 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • You are fine to wear scented lotion when pregnant. But after the baby is born, you should switch to unscented because babes are super-sensitive.

    BUT, you should avoid lavendar. There have been studies linking lavendar body products to female hormone production in fetuses . . .

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 4:16 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • I have never heard that one before.... sounds like an 'old wives tale' to me. I think momindiana has a point-- it could be that whoever you heard it from (or someone they know) had certain smells disagree with them when they were pregnant- and that could be how this 'tale' started out. I know when I was pregnant I could not stand the smell of a certain food cooking... it made me feel very sick.

    Answer by MizLee at 4:18 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Never heard that one before. I use them all of the time.

    Answer by Melbornj at 4:19 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • that's probably the dumbest thing I've ever heard. I've had 4 pregnancies and never heard anything close to that. As far as beauty products, they now say some nail polish has a hardmful substance that can be absorbed into the body, but most companies have eliminated that chemical out of their product, I know you're not supposed to have perms or straightenings done while early pregnant and breastfeeding- ask your doc for specifics, that wasn't an issue for me so I don't remember the details...but not using handlotion??? Unless it's hemp or something, I can't imagine why someone would come up with that. Slather away. That's as silly as saying not to use scented soap, shampoo, etc...

    Answer by KariLyn84 at 4:20 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • It's best to stay indoors and on bed rest while pregnant. Even the smallest activity like walking might give your baby ADHD. Don't eat any seafood, hotdogs, deli meat, bleached flour, high fructose corn syrup, soft cheeses, hard cheeses, processed cheeses, etc. Don't have sex, don't use lotion, don't raise your arms above your head, don't drink coffee, don't drink pop, don't use artificial sweeteners, don't take baths, don't drink alcohol. Don't think mean thoughts, don't be stressed, stay positive, don't be mean to your DH, don't change the kitty litter, don't take drugs, don't use cleaning supplies, don't have oral sex, stay away from smokers, don't tan and above all, don't use anything from Victoria's Secret or you'll have a girl who ends up a trollop by her 16th birthday.

    Answer by Y.B.normal at 4:28 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

  • Never heard of such! I used scented lotions with both pregnancies. I agree with others, certain smells may make you sick, but that would probably be the only negative. People will tell you some crazy things, but use your common sense or talk with your doctor! :)

    Answer by AngieBry at 4:33 PM on Jun. 29, 2011

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