Why is it more important to choose natural and organic products during pregnancy?

It takes only 26 seconds for what you put on your skin to go into the bloodstream, which your baby will also absorb during pregnancy. A 2005 study conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) that amongst 10 babies born in U.S hospitals, an average of 200 and up to a staggering 287 industrial chemicals and pollutants were transferred from the mother to the baby via the umbilical cord. Hence, it is crucial to choose products that are organic and natural for the sake of your baby’s development and well-being. We recommend reading the labels before purchasing a new product and cross-checking the ingredients with our Chemical Checklist “Hidden Dangers of Cosmetic”.


Learn more about pregnancy skincare and makeup recommendation:


What causes stretch marks? 

Stretch marks are caused by the rapid stretching of the skin during pregnancy due to weight gain or growth. The collagen and elastin that support the skin break down, and, as the skin heals, scars take shape, in the form of lines or streaks. Initially, they can be raised and itchy, appearing red, brown, purple, pink or black. They are more likely to appear in areas like the abdomen, breasts, hips, and thighs.


How can you prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks?

During pregnancy, dryness and itchiness can affect your body, particularly around the abdomen and limbs. To alleviate dryness, it’s recommended to avoid hot showers and opt for comfortable, breathable cotton clothing to prevent excessive friction on the skin. Use gentle body care products to soothe the itchiness.

To prevent or reduce the appearance of stretch marks, you should start applying stretch mark products from early pregnancy, even before your bump starts showing. This will help hydrate and enhance the elasticity of your skin, making it more resilient to the changes. Here’s our recommendation for stretch mark prevention: a product derived from 100% organic and natural ingredients, clinically proven to prevent and reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Primavera
Prevent Stretch Mark Enhance Formula

NaTrue-certified, 100% organic formula features a combination of fatty oils to boost skin’s elasticity and firmness whilst promoting blood circulation. Combined with Neroli Oil, this power-packed blend is especially effective for stretch marks.

Little Butterfly
Stretch Mark Butter

Ecocert Certified Organic, Vegan. This indulgent blend of creamy whipped butter effectively boosts skin elasticity and prevents the breakdown of collagen, while nourishing plant oils help soothe the dry and itchy skin resulting from pregnancy.

Expert Tips: After showering when your body is slightly damp, first use the pre-mixed Primavera formula oil, applying it in a circular motion to areas such as the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, and arms. Afterwards, apply Little Butterfly butter to enhance skin absorption; or use it when the skin feels itchy to avoid scratching and reduce the possibility of scar.

 


What skin changes can one expect during pregnancy?

1. Dryness: During pregnancy, the need to provide nutrients and hydration to the fetus, alongside an increase in blood flow, may cause the skin to become drier than before. The decrease in hydration can compromise the protective function of the sebum layer, thereby weakening the skin’s natural barrier and increasing the possibility of itchy skin.

2. Excessive Sebum: During pregnancy, the body’s metabolism accelerates and the change in hormones causes an increase in sebum gland secretion. This may lead to the skin becoming oily and rough. Additionally, in the early stages of pregnancy, an increase in the secretion of progesterone can indirectly cause the skin to produce more oils, making it prone to acne.


How to maintain healthy and radiant skin?

During pregnancy, it is recommended to avoid over-cleansing the skin, such as using strong alkaline facial cleansers or washing with overly hot water, as this not only accelerates moisture loss but also exacerbates dryness and itchiness of the skin.

To maintain healthy and radiant skin, we recommend choosing gentle and safe natural skincare products. Avoid using skincare products that contain harmful ingredients, such as synthetic fragrances, parabens, sulphates, phthalates, or other harmful substances, to minimize potential risks to the baby.

All products in the A.O.R Australia Moisturising line are COSMOS certified. Freshly produced in small batches, with zero addition of preservatives and chemical ingredients. Providing gentle and safe skin care to expectant mothers, maintaining healthy and radiant skin.

 

Simple Skin Routine:

STEP 1. Cleansing

A.O.R Hydrating Cream Cleanser

Gently cleansing the skin while soothing and removing daily impurities and excess oil as well as light makeup.

STEP 2. Soothing & Moisturising STEP 3. Locking in the hydration

A.O.R
Intensive Booster

Delivers intensive moisture to the deepest layers of skin, while calming irritated skin and visibly reducing any redness.

A.O.R
Soothing Cream

Soothing sensitive or irritated skin, focusing on moisture while fighting redness and inflammation.

Special Care:  
Dry & Sensitive Skin Acne prone & Rough skin

A.O.R
Repairing and Calming Mask

Effective anti-inflammatory properties to instantly soothe the skin. Helps ease redness, sunburns, and sensitivity. Providing perfect water and oil balance to dramatically boost hydration and lock in moisture the dry and stressed out skin so desperately needs.

A.O.R
Detox & Brighten Clay Mask

Providing a deep clean while maintaining the skin’s natural oils, to avoid the skin from drying out. Able to remove blackheads and impurities, preventing breakouts. Revealing radiant and brightening skin, restoring the skin’s natural health.


Why does pigmentation occur during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, many mothers experience pigmentation issues due to significant hormonal changes. As the body secretes Estrogen and Progesterone to support fetal development, the brain signals for both progesterone production and melanin control overlap. Consequently, melanin production becomes more active. Expectant mothers may develop dark spots on their cheeks and forehead, which could further darken with the appearance of new moles.


How to effectively prevent pigmentation?

During pregnancy, an imbalanced lifestyle can disrupt skin cell regeneration, leading to pigmentation irregularities. Prioritizing adequate sleep and adopting healthy sleeping habits is crucial.

Additionally, pregnant women should prioritize sunscreen usage to safeguard their skin from sun damage and prevent dark spots from worsening. Opt for a physical sunscreen to minimize exposure to chemical ingredients, reducing the risk of allergic reactions. Physical sunscreens create a protective layer on the skin’s surface, reflecting ultraviolet rays and minimizing sun-induced damage. Their gentle formulation makes them less likely to cause sensitivity or allergic responses, promoting overall skin health.

Naturaglacé
Nu Makeup Base 01 SPF 32 PA++

Providing SPF 32 PA++ sun protection, helping correct uneven and darkened complexion. Can be removed using regular face cleanser.

Team Dr. Joseph
Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30

Providing SPF 30 sun protection. Lightweight, fast absorbing. Not only does it provide long-lasting sun protection, but also helps repair the skin.


Is it safe to wear makeup and perfume during pregnancy?

Wearing makeup or perfume during pregnancy is not a problem, as long as you choose products that are natural and toxin-free. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can render the skin more sensitive and delicate. Opting for gentle and natural mineral makeup products becomes crucial. Natural mineral makeup, derived from minerals, excludes metals, chemical additives, pigments, artificial flavourings, alcohol, and other undesirable ingredients. By choosing natural mineral, organic, and food-grade makeup products, you reduce the risk of your skin absorbing harmful chemicals.

Naturaglace, a natural mineral makeup brand from Japan, utilizes 100% natural, food-grade ingredients. It is gentle on the skin, offering coverage and oil control. More importantly, it does not clog pores and can be easily removed with regular cleansing products or water, ensuring convenience and safety. During pregnancy, when skin tends to be sensitive and dry, Naturaglace makeup products not only enhance appearance but also harness the power of plant oils and extracts in their formulations. Expectant mothers can enjoy skincare benefits even while wearing makeup.

STEP 1. Makeup Base for a Natural Glow

Naturaglacé NU Makeup Base 01 SPF 32 PA++

Helps correct uneven and dull complexion, creating a natural, radiant, and translucent makeup look. Gently corrects skin tone and the look of pores.  

STEP 2. Accentuate Your Eyes

Naturaglacé
Eyebrow Pencil

Smooth soft texture that easily draws the perfect shaped beautiful eyebrows. Easy to apply and long-lasting.

Naturaglacé
Color Eyes

Covers the darkness and blur out the fine lines on eyelids, providing a natural 3D lifting effect that adds radiance to the overall look.

STEP 3. Healthy & Rosy Complexion

Naturaglacé
Moist Rouge Balm

Rich balmy texture, long-lasting. Perfectly melts into the lips providing a semi-matte finish with a slight gloss.

Naturaglacé
Cheek Blush

Two toned blush to compliment the skin, giving a natural three-dimension look to the cheeks, creating a fresh and bright look.

Originating from the Netherlands, Abel is a perfume brand that uses 100% natural ingredients. The base alcohol is formulated using organic wheat from Italy and is organic certified.

Abel Nurture

Nurture is a soft, calming fragrance especially blended for pregnant women. It reminds a mother to take care of herself while also taking care of her little one.


Why is a greater variety of nutrients necessary during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, the baby continuously absorbs nutrients through the mother’s body, so the amount of nutrients required is higher than normal. Sufficient nutrients help the baby’s growth and development and allow the mother to remain healthy during pregnancy. However, the daily diet is not enough to meet the nutritional needs of pregnancy. Pregnant mothers are advised to take supplements to bridge the additional nutrients gap during pregnancy.

Ogaenics, a German supplements brand, exclusively utilizes 100% natural and organic ingredients. Their supplements are meticulously extracted from monitored, organically grown plants. Throughout the farming process, no pesticides, artificial fertilizers, or harmful chemical additives are employed, ensuring safety for consumers and environmental friendliness. Notably, Ogaenics products are derived from certified organic fruits, vegetables, and plants, and they combine natural cofactors and nutrients that the body readily recognizes as food. These nutrients are efficiently transported to the bloodstream, surpassing the absorption of synthetic vitamins and minerals.

Here are our top picks for pregnancy nutrition:

Ogaenics Mrs. Do-It-All Multivitamin Komplex Women

Provides essential vitamins and minerals for all expectant mothers. Pregnancy is a critical phase of intense fetal development, and maternal nutritional deficiencies can ultimately impact the baby’s health. A high-quality comprehensive multivitamin serves as a safeguard for both mother and baby. This formula includes 18 different vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and vitamin B12, which support baby’s brain development and further address the nutritional needs during pregnancy.

 

Ogaenics
Love Your Gut Daily Biotic Komplex

Probiotics are also essential for pregnant women. They can enhance the gut microbiome health for both mother and baby, boosting immunity and aiding in disease prevention and constipation. During childbirth, probiotics can assist infants in acquiring sufficient beneficial bacteria, thereby reducing the chances of future allergies and strengthening the baby’s resilience to allergies.

Ogaenics
Calm-A-Lama Plant-based Magnesium

Magnesium is challenging to obtain in sufficient quantities from daily diet alone. Severe magnesium deficiency can lead to poor fetal growth and preeclampsia, which, in severe cases, may result in fetal demise. Adequate magnesium intake during pregnancy supports maternal tissue growth and recovery. Additionally, magnesium assists the baby in absorbing more nutrients from the placenta.

Ogaenics
Oilalala Skin Omega Komplex

Provide healthy unsaturated fatty acids omega-3, 6, 7, and 9. Omega-3 fatty acids are crucial for fetal neural development. Consuming them during pregnancy benefits baby brain development and supports healthy growth, reducing the risk of asthma and lower respiratory tract infections by two-thirds.

Foondiert
Vegan Vitamin D3 Spray

Studies show that taking Vitamin D during pregnancy can reduce the risk of complications and gestational diabetes. Vitamin D is an essential component in the cell division process. It plays a vital role in the baby’s development of bones and hormones, while also supporting the mother’s immune system.

Ogaenics
Bone Nanza Calcium Komplex

Calcium is an essential mineral for building strong bones and supporting cell division. It also plays a crucial role in the function of normal neurotransmitter systems. These functions are key to the healthy growth of the fetus while simultaneously preventing osteoporosis due to the strain of carrying the baby’s weight.

Ogaenics
Feed Your Blood Blood Building Komplex

Feed Your Blood can meet the increased iron requirements during pregnancy, supporting the formation of blood cells and preventing inadequate nutrition supply to the fetus, which could lead to slow development in the baby. Additionally, folic acid also contributes to maternal tissue growth.


How does pregnancy affect the scalp and hair?

During pregnancy, the skin become more sensitive and similarly the hair and scalp. This could be caused by hormone changes, which can cause the following issues:

1. Hair loss: during pregnancy due to the change in hormones, the hair growth cycle changes too, enter the hair resting phase. At the same time, stress caused by the physical changes can worsen hair loss.

2. Changes in hair texture: some pregnant women may experience changes in hair texture. Hair can become more brittle, rough, fizzy, and oiler than before.

3. Scalp health: Not only the mother’s skin becomes even more sensitive and dry during pregnancy, also the scalp. Causing itchiness, dandruff, oiliness, and flat hair.

To manage hair and prevent hair loss during pregnancy, it’s important to maintain good hair and scalp hygiene. Choose gentle and natural hair care products that avoid irritating chemicals such as preservatives, synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, petrochemicals, silicones, parabens, and sulfates. Keeping the scalp clean is crucial. Additionally, massaging the scalp using your fingers or a soft brush can stimulate blood circulation and promote healthy hair growth.

Expectant mothers are more sensitive to smell so selecting fragrance-free hair care products can minimise discomfort caused by nausea and vomiting. Less is More has a series of hair care and styling products with COSMOS organic certification. The ingredients are highly effective and the brand launched a fragrance-free pure hair care series to provide you with gentle and pure hair care.

Hair Cleansing  

Less is More
Pure Shampoo Bar

Fragrance free and soap free shampoo bar that gently cleanses and moisturises the hair, adding healthy shine and volume.

Less is More
Pure Exfoliating Shampoo

A deep cleansing shampoo that gently yet effectively removes buildup from product, pollution, excess sebum and hard water for softer, more manageable hair.

*Can use them interchangeably for deep cleansing and detoxing the scalp.

Hair Repair  

Less is More
Pure Conditioner

Smooths the hair strands, sealing in moisture and enhancing shine. This makes it easier to brush, leaving each strand silky and lightweight.

Less is More
Pure Bond Complex Hair Balm

Strengthens and repairs the hair structure, and rebuilds the natural lipid layer that protects the hair, sealing down lifted cuticles. As a result, it enhances hair strength and reduces obvious signs of damage.


 

Can I receive facials during pregnancy?

Receiving beauty treatments during pregnancy is safe and beneficial. Not only can it soothe skin issues caused by hormonal changes and secretions, but it also alleviates stress and anxiety commonly experienced during pregnancy. This allows expectant mothers to feel more at ease and calm. Additionally, the gentle massages and facial treatments promote blood circulation, reducing puffiness and water retention.

Even though many beauty treatments are safe during pregnancy, avoid treatments that involve high currents or energy, such as laser therapy, electrotherapy, or micro-needling. These procedures generate heat and strong vibrations that could potentially affect the developing baby in the womb. Before undergoing any beauty treatment, take the following precautions: check the products and ensure that the skincare products used during the treatment do not contain chemical ingredients or irritants. These substances can penetrate the skin, enter the bloodstream, and potentially impact the embryo’s growth and development.

Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before choosing any beauty treatments during pregnancy to ensure the safety of both you and your baby.

A.O.R facial treatment performed by hand by our experienced therapists, along with 15 A.O.R organic certified products that are free from preservatives and chemical ingredients. Not only does it restore radiance and vitality to the face, but it also leaves the head, arms, and legs feeling revitalized.

A.O.R Intensive Moisturising Facial

Skin instantly reclaims brightness, hydration, elasticity, and natural radiance. Can soothe the tension in facial muscles, giving an instant lift and contour to the face. Helps promote blood circulation, stimulate collagen production, and improve lymphatic drainage, diminishing the appearance of fine lines.
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Should you feel any discomfort, please inform the therapist so that she can adjust or stop the treatment.

*The information provided on our website is for reference only and is not intended to replace professional medical advice.



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