Question: "I'm tired of looking so tired! Is Botox use considered safe during pregnancy?"
Hoping to find the fountain of youth before you become the fountain of milk — and before those late nights with baby start showing under your eyes? Thinking of turning to (or keeping up with) Botox or other wrinkle-erasing injections during your pregnancy? Well, think twice. Since no Botox studies have been done on pregnant women, there's no way to determine the safety of this popular wrinkle-eradicator. (There have been animal studies that show an association with fetal abnormalities, but since you're not pregnant with a mouse, it's hard to extrapolate from mouse study to human.) So it's better to play it safe (and slightly wrinkled) than sorry.
Luckily, you may find yourself sporting that recently refreshed look anyway when you're expecting — without having to go eye-to-needle with a vial of Botox. That's because normal fluid retention during pregnancy puffs up your face, filling out those unwanted crow's-feet and so-called character lines, while hormonal changes can step up oil production in your skin — adding a youthful glow (and maybe, a few youthful zits). So don't worry, be happy about those laugh lines — and if you can't be happy about them, look forward to sticking it to them once the baby's arrived.
Here's to staying young on the inside.
Is Botox Safe During Pregnancy? In What To Expect [Online]. Available: http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/ask-heidi/week-16/botox.aspx