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    Default Is Bio Oil safe to use in Pregnancy??

    Hi Ladies,

    I have been using Bio Oil since i was around 7 weeks pregnant (currently 23 weeks) and have just read on the back of the bottle that it contains high levels of Vitamin A. I thought this was a Big NO NO in pregnancy? I always assumed that Bio Oil was specifically designed to prevent stretch marks in pregnancy? So now i am a little worried.

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    I know many women who have used bio oil during pregnancy.

    The amount that would be absorbed into your blood ****** would be quite small.

    If you don't want to use it, you could always do what I did and use coconut oil instead. I didn't get a single stretch mark on my belly. I did get some on my hips, but I had forgotten to put the oil there!

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    It says on the website that it's safe to use during pregnancy.

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    I assume you can as the leaflet inside specifies how to apply it during pregnancy. If you are worried i would just use a different oil, i recommend avocado oil as it penetrates deeper than other oils (apparently) or vitamin E oil (but any will do - almond oil, rosehip, jojoba etc).
    None of this will stop stretchmarks, you either get them or you don't (and whether it happens has nothing to do with if you used a certain product or not) but it feels nice and helps with the itch of stretching skin.

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    Thanks so much for the replies ladies, I figured I was just worrying for no reason LOL.


    I did send Bio Oil an email though and for anyone reading this thread, this was the response i got:


    Thank you for your email and I would be very happy to advise you that yes, Bio-Oil is safe to use throughout your pregnancy and in fact one of its primary uses is to help prevent the development of stretch marks in pregnancy. By way of interest, Bio-Oil has been assessed on a per ingredient basis by experts to determine its safety profile. Bio-Oil has been used by pregnant women for 20 years and is recommended worldwide by gynecologists and midwives.

    With regards to the level of Vitamin A in Bio-Oil, it is low enough to render harmless to the unborn child. Most healthcare professionals agree that for safety, the daily intake of Vitamin A by an expectant mother should not exceed 5,000 I.U per gram. Taking absorption factors into account, an expectant mother would have to use more than 110ml of Bio-Oil per day, or almost two 60ml bottles, before exceeding the recommended daily maximum intake

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    I used it from 8 weeks to 37 weeks and it was fine : )

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    No, it's not safe, please don't use it at all. There are heaps of natural oils you can use. Try coconut oil. Bio oil is full of nasties and personally I wouldn't use it.

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    Default Is Bio Oil safe to use in Pregnancy??

    Quote Originally Posted by moosey View Post
    No, it's not safe, please don't use it at all. There are heaps of natural oils you can use. Try coconut oil. Bio oil is full of nasties and personally I wouldn't use it.
    What bad stuff is in it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexis243 View Post
    What bad stuff is in it?
    It contains Paraffinum Liquidum which is made from petroleum, a by-product in the production of gasoline.
    It's an ingredient in many cosmetics. Lucas' paw paw ointment, vasoline etc, make-up etc
    I used it on my face in my first pregnancy as it felt so light and lovely, I broke out in the worst rash ever that took so long to get rid of.
    I believe stretch marks are hereditary.

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    Well, it contains petroleum which is something you don't want near your skin, (read up about mineral oil and petroleum and negative effects on your body and the fact that they are possible carcinogens).
    Bio oil contains fillers and fragrances that aren't good for you either. Look at the ingredient list, it's just full of chemicals.

    It's also really expensive, natural organic coconut oil can be purchased at the supermarket for 1/4 of the price. And it's natural!

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