As a pregnant woman you must love the idea of taking utmost care of yourself. If you are thinking of a henna or mehndi in pregnancy, do not blame yourself much. In fact henna or mehndi is becoming very popular among pregnant women as they love to apply it for their God Bharai. You may also have to attend a ceremony at home, where you are supposed to apply mehndi and you cannot hold yourself back! Although, it is safe to apply henna or mehndi in natural form which is free from any chemicals, you need to talk to your doctor before applying it.
To go ahead with your plans in pregnancy, here is some information that you might consider helpful.
Applying Henna or Mehndi
Chemical free Henna or mehndi which is available in natural form shall be safe if you are not suffering from any sorts of complications in your pregnancy. Henna has a very long tradition and it has been used for over 9000 years in different countries around the world. It is important that the products you choose are completely natural. The best way to know you if it is an herbal product, look for those with chocolate, red, orange, coffee, brick, cinnamon and orange colour. It is better to stay away from products that are black, as these are not the natural ones.
The black coloured ones are known to contain Para â€“ Phenylendiamine (PPD). This component has been reported to cause blisters, burns or other harmful reactions that are undesirable in pregnancy.
It is thus very essential that you conduct a thorough research before buying such products. You must also talk to your doctor prior to applying it to be on a safer side.
Conditions When you Must Avoid Henna or Mehndi
These are the following conditions when you must avoid using such products. Take a look:
In case you are suffering from anaemia.
In case of G6DP deficiency.
If you are suffering from conditions that affect your immune system or your blood.
Tips for Safe Application of Henna during Pregnancy
While you may feel the urge to use henna or mehndi in pregnancy, here are some ways you need to be careful. Take a look:
Make sure that all the ingredients used for making henna or mehndi paste are safe.
Prefer using henna or mehndi paste which is made at home using safe ingredients.
You need to stop applying them in case you notice any sorts of allergies or discomforts.
Make sure to sit in a comfortable position and support your belly when you apply it.
You will surely not want to invite any sorts of cramping by sitting in the wrong way for a long time.
When You Must Call the Doctor
Here are the red flags you should be watchful of when it comes to applying henna or mehndi in pregnancy. Take a look.
These are the conditions when you must call the doctor immediately and also stop using the products.
Henna is definitely a safer option compared to the chemicals available for the same purpose. The chemical dyes contain strong chemicals that may cause harm to your baby. According to research studies, you may experience chronic disease or allergies when you use strong dyes during pregnancy. At the same time it is not safe for your baby as well. Thus, it is always a better option to look for natural products like henna when you are considering colouring your hair or making an art on your hands.
As, long as you follow the safety measure you can always indulge in such art. However, it is very important you get in touch with your doctor and seek his or her advice before opting for the art, in case you have any existing medical conditions. This shall be one of the best ways to rule out contradictions of any sorts that might aggravate with use of henna or mehndi.
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- The Indiaparenting Team