Creating life is a complex process, so it should come as no surprise that there are numerous factors that can affect the health of your unborn child.

What is surprising, however, are that there are plenty of things that can affect you and your child that most women don’t even know about, such as:

Your Regular Visit to the Salon Could Put You at Risk

For many years, women were told not to dye their hair while pregnant. Fortunately, we now know that it’s actually safe to do a little hair maintenance, including dying your hair, during those nine long months.

However, there is one way that hair care can negatively impact your pregnancy and that’s by causing an allergic reaction.

Pregnancy hormones can cause you to react negatively to chemicals that you previously had no issue with.

If you need to get your hair done (and you certainly shouldn’t skip out on self-care), your stylist can perform a patch test to check for allergies.

They will simply apply a small amount of product to your wrist and wait to see if you react. If there is no reaction, then you’re free and clear to proceed!

Your Pets Can Make Your Baby Healthier

Many expectant mothers are overly worried about the effect of having pets in the home due to hygiene and the stress of taking care of an animal.

New information, however, shows that having pets can have a positive effect on your pregnancy.

According to an article posted on Microbiome, women who owned pets, especially dogs, had babies who showed a healthier population of the gut bacteria Ruminococcus and Oscillospira. These bacteria decrease the chances of obesity and allergies.

The same study showed that babies who were exposed to pets in utero had a lower occurrence of allergies.

So, you don’t need to get rid of your furry little friend; you can actually be helping your unborn child – talk about a great deal!

A Healthy Daddy Makes a Healthy Baby

While it’s well known that your partner can pass on genetic diseases and potential risk factors to your baby, it’s less common for women to consider the overall health of their partners at the time of conception.

It may seem silly to think that if your partner is overweight at the time of conception, it can impact…

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