I use Kiss My Face body lotion on my face (WAY cheaper than face cream!!
), and an unrefined shea butter lotion on my body. Just oil on my belly. All are paraben free.
I think it's important to use paraben-free products during pregnancy (well, always really, but esp. during pregnancy). There's tons of articles, books, and scientific studies out on this stuff. Parabens disrupt your body's hormones, especially estrogen, and have been linked to cancer (parabens are found in many breast cancer tumors, for example). Since hormones are so important during pregnancy, and in the development of a fetus, there's no way I'm using shampoos, conditioners, and lotions containing parabens while I'm pregnant.
In a recent book (Death by Rubber Ducky
, or somethng like that) a couple of guys lived a normal chemical lifestyle and tested their blood regularly. Parabens soared with the introduction of simple things like shampoos and conditioners containing parabens. It's amazing to know how quickly the stuff soaks in through your skin and into your bloodstream. However, once the authors stopped using the paraben-containing soaps and lotions, their blood parabens dropped off dramatically.
Stopping the use of paraben-containing body products is one quick, easy way to make your body a healthier place for your baby to grow.
It's not like it takes months to detox or something...just stop using the products.
Almost all lotions, shampoos, etc. will have "paraben free" on the label if they've avoided these chemicals (methyl, ethyl, propel and butylparaben). They're easy to find, and not that much more expensive.
Search for "parabens danger" or "parabens pregnancy" for more info...it's pretty basic stuff, and much like BPA I think parabens are on the list of chemicals that will eventually be banned.