Is Botox Safe During Pregnancy?

Is it safe to get Botox treatments during pregnancy?
ByJenna McCarthy
Mar 2017
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Sorry. You can add Botox to the long list of things that haven’t been proved harmless so therefore can’t be advised during pregnancy.

Think about it: Botox is a brand name for botulinum toxin A, made from the same toxin that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning. If you wouldn’t inject the stuff directly into your baby (and we certainly hope that you wouldn’t), you should probably skip it yourself. According to the Botox website, it’s currently not known whether Botox can harm your unborn baby, or even whether it passes into breast milk. “If you’re young enough to have a baby, you probably don’t need Botox anyway,” laughs Hilda Hutcherson, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center and the author of What Your Mother Never Told You About S-e-x. So quit scrutinizing every line on your face and stock up on some pretty maternity clothes.

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