i had tomato soup for supper

I have my next doctor’s appointment next week with Dr.R and I have to figure out how to broach the vitamin A issue yet again.

It began during my first visit with her two months ago when I mention that the multi-vitamin I’d been taking had a little more vitamin A in it than the maternity vitamin, and I’d read that too much vitamin A was a concern during pregnancy. Apparently, it is, but not in the relatively small doses that were in my old multi.

However: I was pointedly informed there is NO need for additional vitamin supplements AT ALL [yikes – okay!] and, when it comes to removing additional supplements of vitamin A, that goes for face creams too.

Huh?? Okay, there’s RetinA – and that I knew about – but it turns out that vitamin A is not only listed as an ingredient in my [and, indeed, many] night creams, but in my regular lotion and in my leave-in conditioner!

My esthetician [dear sisterQ] checked with her people and she has their official word that their products are okay to use during pregnancy. Granted, none of the people that she spoke to had “MD” behind their name.

And, Dr.R has been so … easy… about literally everything else. I have permission to dye my hair, eat seafood [once a week], walk past the power station and drink [1 cup per day] of coffee. Yet, with vitamin A in lotion, she’s disturbingly emphatic. And she seems to have support.

So, I’ve cut it out and kept it out. I miss my lotions. I’ve found replacements, but still find myself questioning the validity and the voracity of her concerns. Yes, I’m a bad patient.

I haven’t looked too much on line, as who knows how much varying and scare-tactic info is out there and still, at the end of the day, Dr.R has expressed her opinions loud and well. Now I just need some way to adapt to or alter them.

Or, at least find some way to convince her that there’s less vitamin A in my lotion than in a bowl of tomato soup.

2 responses to “i had tomato soup for supper

  1. Human skin blocks many skin care ingredients from entering the body, but some are still absorbed into the mother’s bloodstream. Once there, they can potentially cross the placenta and reach the growing fetus.

    While many topical ingredients are thought to be safe during pregnancy, a large number have been shown to be harmful at high doses. For example: Vitamin A, salicyclic acid, benzoyl peroxide, certain sunscreens, and even aloe vera are all linked to birth defects in published medical studies.

    Although high doses of vitamin A can cause fetal malformations, the amount you would absorb through the skin is very low and well within safe levels.

    But I’d error on the safe side and go with your doctor, especially since you may be getting more than your need any how.

  2. Thanks so much for your thoughts! Yes, I’m sticking with my doc on this, I just like to grumble about it a little along the way. đŸ˜€

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