8 Ingredients to AVOID during Pregnancy

Here at Bump Boxes, it takes hours of research and testing to ensure that every single ingredient in each product is pregnancy-safe. In fact, we’ve learned a lot throughout the years by taking all the precautions to keep our Mamas safe. 

With that being said, our purpose is to make Mom’s life easier. If you’re here, you’re probably concerned about the products that you are using. We pride ourselves on doing the research so Mom doesn’t have to but if you want the juicy details on pregnancy no-no’s… you’re in the right place. 

RED-FLAG Ingredients 

Retin-A, Retinol, and Retinyl Palmitate

I’ll be honest, this one tugs at my heartstrings. I’m a sucker for retinol-based products because dermatologists and Tik Tok gurus RAVE about the results with retinol. Although this may be a good product in itself, it isn’t safe for expecting Mamas wanting to protect their Bumps.

These Vitamin A derivatives can actually lead to negative birth defects and be dangerous for your baby. 

If retinol is a skincare routine staple (like it is for me!), switch it out with one of our tried and true pregnancy-safe products: 

Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acids

Benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acids are great acne remedies but bad for pregnancy. Many products that you find and probably use include a combination of these ingredients which can be extra harmful to your Bump. It’s best to avoid these during pregnancy.  

We know that pregnancy comes with a lot of skin changes and ACNE. So, how do you fight that pesky pregnancy acne? 

We have great alternative products that exclude harmful ingredients but are still extremely effective:

Aluminum Chloride

Now, I’m sure you’re probably thinking, what products could I possibly be using that contain aluminum chloride? 

The answer? Deodorant. 

Deodorant is a product that most of us view as a product we can’t live without. I’m not saying you shouldn’t use deodorant during pregnancy, just be selective of products and make sure they exclude aluminum chloride. 


This one is cringe-worthy. Formaldehyde is linked to fertility issues and miscarriage. And, yep, formaldehyde is in products sold everywhere. Think nail polish and hair care products. Formaldehyde is one ingredient you should certainly watch out for when you visit nail and hair salons for a little pampering. 

Our fave formaldehyde-free products:


Products that have ingredient lists including “fragrances” use that word to hide other chemicals and ingredients that can be harmful to pregnancy. When in doubt, go fragrance-free! 

The best smelling fragrance-free products:

Time to Pamper Yourself, Mama!

Make sure to explore our shop that is stocked with pregnancy-safe products! AKA: none of the scary ingredients above are in any of our offered products. 

Your pregnancy should be full of pampering even if safe ingredients are hard to find. Remember, Bump Boxes was founded to make Mom’s life easier and protect those Bumps. Let us do the hard work for you!

You can even get Bump Boxes delivered right to your door filled with pregnancy-safe goodies! 


These ingredients in common products are a few of MANY that are not safe for pregnancy. If you want to do some of your own research or see if products you currently use are pregnancy-safe, feel free to give our Mom Squad a call or check out any of these resources: 

Women’s Care Obstetrics, Gynecology and Midwifery

Environmental Working Group (EWG) 

What to Expect’s Pregnancy-Safe Skin Care Guide