ltaIf you're an expectant mom, you're probably being very careful about what you eat and the products you apply to your skin. Checking ingredient labels has most likely become second nature, and the well-being of your baby is at the forefront of your mind at all times.

One commonly used skin care ingredient that you may be unsure about is hyaluronic acid, a humectant used within many formulas to help attract and retain moisture in the skin. But, is hyaluronic acid safe during pregnancy, or is it something to avoid?

Read on for a look at the safety and suitability of hyaluronic acid for you and your growing bump.

What Is Hyaluronic Acid?

Contrary to its scary-sounding name, hyaluronic acid is actually a very gentle ingredient that's produced naturally by the body to retain water, helping your connective tissue and joints stay lubricated. It's probably most famous for its ability to hold up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, which gives it such a lightweight yet super hydrating quality.

According to Dermato-Endocrinology, 50% of the natural hyaluronic acid in the body can be found in the skin, but natural aging and aggressors in the environment, such as ultraviolet (UV) rays and pollution, can cause these natural reserves to deplete. By adding hyaluronic acid into your skin care routine, however, you can start to top up your natural levels and restore lost hydration, plumping out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles at the same time. It's also safe for all skin types, including the very sensitive and acne-prone.

Is Hyaluronic Acid Safe During Pregnancy?

Given that hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body, it is completely safe to use during pregnancy. In fact, it's a great way to combat dryness and sensitivity you may experience as a result of the hormonal changes in your body during pregnancy. And, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, too!

How to Incorporate Hyaluronic Acid Into Your Skin Care Routine

You'll find hyaluronic acid in many different skin care products—like cleansers, serums, moisturizers, and even sunscreens—so there are lots of ways you can reap its benefits.

Many of EltaMD's products contain hyaluronic acid and are ideal for use during pregnancy and beyond. The AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer, for instance, stimulates the skin's natural water system to moisturize without oil or heavy emollients while using hyaluronic acid to help hydrate skin.

Suncreen is the most vital step in your morning routine, and it's safe to use when pregnant. A couple of options, EltaMD UV Elements Broad-Spectrum SPF 44 (Tinted) or EltaMD UV Replenish Broad-Spectrum SPF 44, are both formulated with hyaluronic acid to boost moisture retention and diminish fine lines while providing serious UV protection. A sunscreen like this can be worn alone or beneath makeup to keep your skin dewy and soft throughout the day.

If in Doubt, Ask an Expert

You should familiarize yourself with all the skin care ingredients you can use during pregnancy, but if you're unsure, it's best to seek the advice of a board-certified Dermatologist. A Dermatologist will help you find alternatives to any products you should avoid during pregnancy, guiding you toward peak health for you and your new baby.

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  • Catherine Hufton

    Catherine Hufton is a UK-based freelance journalist and writer who has worked for some of fashion's most iconic companies and written for the world's best known magazines and newspapers. Beginning her career at Net-a-Porter and Matches Fashion over 12 years ago, she has created content for L'Oréal, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, The Telegraph and more.