Should You Do Botox Procedures During Pregnancy?

Health Spotlight: Botox and Pregnancy

Botox while pregnant
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Are you wondering if Botox procedures are safe during pregnancy? Whether you are pregnant or you intend to get pregnant, you may wonder whether the Botox procedure can be harmful to the baby.

While there is no definite answer, most physicians recommend against it, just as they are against other procedures such as liposuction, dermal fillers, laser treatments and skin peels.

No research has been conducted to find if Botox would be harmful to the unborn baby due to ethical reasons. However, there has been no evidence to show if it is harmful. In fact, babies born to mothers who had botox not knowing they were pregnant did not show any side effects.

Nonetheless, just to be on the safe side, it is recommended that Botox should not be injected if you are pregnant or breastfeeding to prevent any harmful effect it could have on the baby.

And here is why.

Botox is a Toxin

Botox is a powerful toxin that can move beyond the site injected which may cause botulism symptoms including muscle weakness and loss of strength. Botox or Botulinum toxin is a very poisonous substance which when used in extremely small quantities paralyzes the muscles, a factor that has led to its popularity as a beauty product for smoothing facial lines.

Considering it is a toxin, then it is likely to be harmful to a fetus.

Its harmfulness was reinforced by FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 2009 indicating that it could cause harm because of its ability to spread to other areas.

Moreover, the product manufacturers also indicate that Botox can cause harm to a fetus.

Therefore, instead of taking the risk of harming the baby by getting a Botox procedure, it is better to wait until you have given birth and you are no longer breastfeeding.

Remember that whatever goes into your body is likely to end up in the breast milk and eventually to the baby. So it is better to be safe and wait until you are through with breastfeeding before having a Botox procedure.

No Research to Indicate Otherwise

So far, there has been no research indicating whether Botox is harmful to the unborn or a breastfeeding baby. Clinical studies have not been done because of ethical reasons. Therefore, you cannot know for sure if the Botox will be harmful to the baby or not.

Instead of taking the risk, it is better to wait and have the procedure done later on. Besides, pregnant mothers have a glowing skin and you may not need the Botox after all.

The Skin May Not Respond Well

During pregnancy, your skin is sensitive due to hormonal changes and it may produce more oil, which in turn causes breakouts. You may also get pregnancy rashes, hyperpigmentation, and other skin problems. As such, a Botox procedure or any other facial cosmetic procedure may not be the best at this time. You may not get the results you desire because the skin may not respond well to the treatment.

It is better to wait until the pregnancy is over and your hormones are back to normal so your skin can respond well to Botox.


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  1. it hasn’t been tested in pregnant women and in rare cases has caused botulism in people that have gotten it

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