I've just realised the face cream I've used twice a day for the last 6 months contains both natural retinol and white willow salicin. Are these really bad for the baby and how do I know if everything will be o.K?
I think you need to check with the doctor or midwife, hopefully the amounts in the cream are very small but I know that retinol is very much contr-indicated in pregnancy. It's better to ask than to keep worrying.
I agree with MiaMamma. I'd stop using it but I wouldn't worry too much about it. From everything I've read they recommend that pregnant women avoid topical retinoids/retinols and salicylic acid because in high doses taken orally they can cause birth defects, however they haven't found a conclusive link between topical applications and defects.
thank you everyone for your help. Its pointless to worry when there's nothing you can do. Its a shame its not the sort of thing that's widely talked / written about. Certainly my GP and midwife didn't mention anything about lotions and potions at all. Anyway - all creams now in the bin and I'm concentrating on feeling happier as I'm sure that's best for baby !