A few days ago, photos of a woman wearing full make-up before giving birth circulated on social media in Egypt amid angry comments.
The trend of “birth makeup” appeared years ago, as a significant group of women are eager to wear makeup on the day of birth, as a factor to relieve stress and anxiety.
A British study released in 2019 showed that 68% of British women are keen to wear make-up on the day of birth for various reasons, including taking commemorative photos and posting them on social media.
The study showed that two-thirds of women expecting their babies, between the ages of 18 and 31, underwent cosmetic procedures before giving birth, including: pedicures, manicures and haircuts.
Al-Ain News contacted beauty experts to learn more about the maternity makeup trend, the reasons for its recent spread among women, the motives behind their zeal for it, and whether it poses a threat to women’s health.
Maternity make-up and pregnancy costs
Egyptian cosmetic expert Ahmed Lutfi says that the trend of maternity makeup is old and not new, and it is widespread in the Gulf countries and European countries, but it appeared late in Egypt and is now being applied professionally.
Lutfi added to Al-Ain News: “There are women who are eager to wear maternity makeup to hide the melasma of pregnancy, which leads to darkening of the skin, especially since the period of childbirth sees a large number of visits, and therefore pregnant. Women are keen to look good by applying permanent make-up that lasts a long time.”
He continued: “This cost of pregnancy leads to a decrease in some women’s self-confidence, and they do not like appearing in front of people or in commemorative photos, and this trend has been around for a long time, and I personally do makeup for pregnant women, and it’s not make-up for a day, but permanent make-up It lasts a full year.
Birth makeup for 25 thousand pounds
Lutfi pointed out that maternity make-up has no harmful effects on pregnant women: “Women who undergo maternity make-up are not affected healthily, and the whole matter is related to preserving the beauty of women, and there is a very large segment of women who are eager to apply it, and this is a significant segment, and it should not underestimate anyone’s taste.
Regarding the cost of maternity makeup, the Egyptian beauty expert says: “It can reach 25,000 Egyptian pounds (about $844), and this includes the supply of lips and cheeks, because some women smoke and are exposed to darkening of the lips, and the supply process preserve their color for a whole year, and there are women who are eager to apply a Wig (a wig) to their hair before childbirth, because colors during pregnancy are not medically recommended.”
On the other hand, the Egyptian beauty expert, Shaima Nasr, is against the trend of maternity makeup, but supports it within certain limits, saying: “This trend is common, but it brings a lot of harm to pregnant women, and there are women who undergo it. permanent cosmetic procedures such as providing lips, cheeks and acrylic nails, and this negatively affects their health.” Pregnant women, hinder the doctor during the delivery process.
Health problems and deception of doctors
She added to “Al-Ain News”: “There are vital systems in the pregnant woman’s body that are affected by these procedures, and this is according to the testimony of doctors, especially in caesarean section, because the pregnant woman is eager to puts on full make-up, extensions and nails to preserve her appearance and beauty during childbirth, without paying attention to the damage of these procedures.” actions on health.
And she added: “From my point of view, a simple routine such as cleaning the skin, hair care and nail pedicure can be carried out, but without installing anything, because it is difficult to remove them afterwards, and some of them last approx. 3 months or more, and these procedures weaken the real nails and affect the pregnant woman during childbirth, and some doctors complain that they are difficult to remove.”
Nasr pointed to the role of cosmetic procedures such as providing cheeks and lips in misleading doctors: “The color of the skin, cheeks and lips tend to be red or pink thanks to stock, and this misleads many doctors about the condition of the pregnant woman. woman.”
And the Egyptian beauty expert concluded by inviting pregnant women to save on cosmetic procedures before childbirth: “Some devices need access to the nails of the pregnant woman in order to operate, but acrylic nails hinder their access to the real nail, and ultimately personal hygiene and skin care are necessary at all times, and when we go beyond childbirth we can apply All directions.
For his part, the young beauty expert, Mona El-Gammal, says that maternity make-up is not a fad, stressing that it is an old and widespread trend for years, but it has been applied in an elaborate and more professional manner, which point to the large number of “makeup artist” courses, and many women and girls have become professionals in applying most trends. .
Al-Jammal added to Al-Ain News: “The woman on the day of birth is very tired, and she wants to wake up from anesthesia and find herself in a beautiful way, and recently there has been an increase in interest in the design of delivery rooms, interior design and decoration for the rooms of the newborn baby, and photography sessions were developed for the newborn alone and with his mother, and definitely The mother wants to look good in all these events and photos.”
Regarding the effect of this trend on pregnant women during childbirth, Al-Jammal said: “I personally do not work in acrylic because it contradicts my religious beliefs, and I am also against porous nails because it ultimately leads to damage to the nails of some women in my area, and it negates the term porous.” Because the nails do not breathe, and there is also a large percentage of women whose nails have been weakened by acrylic, and they have suffered from the growth of fungus on their nails, and therefore this trend is not healthy and does not occur delivery not recommended.
And she added, “A pregnant woman is supposed to remove any possessions and any accessories she wears at birth, and if she was keen to apply simple pointers like lipstick or eyeliner, there’s no problem with that, but fittings and extensions are not recommended,” noting that “in the past the matter was simpler than this.” However, many women now cannot go out and face society without makeup.