If you are a regular Botox ® (or other neuromodulator) user and are trying to get pregnant you will need to stop Botox treatments. Not because Botox is bad for the fetus but because pregnancy and Botox use has not been studied in depth. There is a small study which indicated that there was no harm to the fetus. The internet is full of “ask the doctor” questions from panicked pregnant women who discovered they were pregnant soon after having Botox treatments, however, no complications have ever been reported. Still, discontinuing treatments is the safest choice.
In animal tests, Botox caused rodents to have babies with a low birth weight, be born early, not develop properly, or even not survive. Though we can’t be sure that the same would happen in human babies, the lack of evidence is enough for doctors to advise against using Botox in pregnancy. babycentre.co.uk
Many women use neuromodulators to reduce migraine symptoms, neck pain or excessive sweating so not being able to have treatments during pregnancy or while breast feeding can be quite distressing. The general consensus amongst doctors is that Botox stays in the muscle at or very near the injection site and does move around the body or enter the blood stream – so it should not affect the baby. Therefore, there is no real need for concern if you were injected before discovery. Though Allergan, the makers of Botox, states that “it is not known whether Botox is excreted in human milk”, it’s safest to discontinue treatments when planning a pregnancy or breast feeding. See the Botox Cosmetic Warning and Precautions page.
No cosmetic injectable company will recommend using their products while you are pregnant or breastfeeding regardless of how low the risks.
If you have been receiving regular Botox treatments it might be difficult to get used to those lines forming again but instead of stressing, pamper yourself with relaxing facials using organic creams and let that glow of pregnancy take over.
by M. Wally
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