I am so excited to feature nurse injector and mama-to-be Brooke Coudret on the blog to answer one of the most common questions we receive regarding treatments and skincare during pregnancy. Brooke Coudret, RN, BSN is a board certified nurse and one of our amazing nurse injectors at Racquel Aesthetics. Brooke is a mother to her son, Bowie James, and she is expecting another sweet little boy this winter! As a mom herself, Brooke has done her research and has the answers to all of your questions! Here she is…
The most frequent question I am asked in my DMs is, “Can I get Botox while pregnant or breastfeeding?” So, I decided to go ahead and write this blog to help answer and address several of the FAQs regarding injectables and medical grade skincare when trying to conceive, during pregnancy, and while breastfeeding.
Can I get Botox/Dysport while trying to conceive, pregnant, and/or breastfeeding?
You can receive Botox, Dysport, and fillers while trying to conceive. When you see those two lines on a positive pregnancy test, however, it’s time to stop all injectable treatments!
Botox, Dysport, and fillers have never been studied on pregnant or nursing mothers, and therefore we cannot deem these treatments “safe.” During pregnancy and while breastfeeding, if you see a provider at RA, these injectables are contraindicated, which means that they should not be used in that particular situation. In my book, the risk absolutely outweighs the benefit.
Can I use medical grade skincare while trying to conceive, pregnant, and/or breastfeeding?
You can definitely continue ALL medical grade products/exfoliants while trying to conceive. When you see those two lines on a pregnancy test, contact your provider and we will simply switch your plan up a little. For example, we typically hold off on retinol and some other exfoliating acids during pregnancy. At RFA we offer a plethora of pregnancy safe alternative products that will still help you reach your skincare goals, whether it’s acne, melasma, or even hydration!
If you are breastfeeding, you can choose to wait on adding in stronger exfoliants and continue with our pregnancy safe alternative products. You are able to use more acids/pads with OBGYN permission. Medical grade products are not tested on pregnant or nursing mamas. I do have many nursing mamas that go ahead and start them with OBGYN permission because we know that they do not make it into the milk. However, some prefer to hold off until they are finished nursing. Regardless, I always recommend deferring to your doctor’s advice.
What treatments can I do while trying to conceive, pregnant, and/or breastfeeding?
You can continue your beauty routine and all treatments at Racquel Aesthetics while trying to conceive. If you happen to have something scheduled and you find out you’re pregnant, let us know! We will absolutely help you find a pregnancy-safe alternative treatment that will still help you reach your goals.
During pregnancy, you can still maintain healthy glowing skin, girl! We offer microneedling, facials, and of course, we can always elevate your skincare regimen to fit your needs as your skin changes.
Breastfeeding mamas, I recommend running your treatment of interest by your provider. More times than not, you can optimize each treatment or tweak it to fit your current needs.
The biggest takeaway is that there are many things pregnant and nursing mamas CAN do! We are always told things are off limits during this season of life. Now is the time to focus on YOU! RA offers so many fun things for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers! As always, reach out to a provider and we can help you feel like you while you are growing a precious angel or learning to love your new body.
Call Racquel Aesthetics at 636.742.1122 today to live your best preggo life! I can’t wait to see you!
PS: Every Thursday I go over one of our pregnancy safe products on my Instagram in full detail. Hop on over to my account to follow along: @aestheticnurse_brooke