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Other exposures

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, there are other exposures in addition to medication and dangerous infections that may be worth avoiding or restricting. Below you can read more about them.


Hair dyes during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Hair dyes are cosmetic products. Cosmetic products are not screened as closely for safety as pharmaceutical products. Thus, there is little if any information available on whether hair dyes and other cosmetic products are safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. 

Insect repellents

Insect repellents contain chemicals that drive insects away. These substances can be applied to clothing, to the skin, or to mosquito nets. Electric repelling devices also contain chemicals.

Cosmetics during pregnancy and breastfeeding

“Cosmetics” is a blanket concept for makeup and products intended for skin care and hair care that do not contain pharmaceutical substances. While pregnant, use cosmetics only within reason, because your superficial circulation may be more active than usual, and substances may be absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream at a higher rate than usual.  


When you are planning a pregnancy, you need to consider any traveling with great consideration. If you suffer from an underlying illness that may worsen during pregnancy or your pregnancy is a high-risk pregnancy, you should discuss your traveling with your physician. If the destination is located in a high-risk area where infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue fever or Zika virus occur, travel should be avoided when possible.

X-ray examination

Remember to mention a possible pregnancy if your physician is ordering an X-ray for you.

Occupational exposure

The working conditions must be safe throughout pregnancy.

Vitamins and minerals


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