Re Pregnancy

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Posted by Kree @ Gilded Lilies on May 21, 2002 at 17:58:21:

In reply to: Need a no-fail recipe- lots of questions.- Kimia- Women of color- pregnancy posted by Erika on May 21, 2002 at 14:46:05:

I am copying an earlier message to the forum below FYI, since you do
not mention how far along your model is:
There are no particular recipes that I know of that are harmful, but
I would check with the person to find out if she is sensitive to any
of the terped oils.

BUT - and this is a matter of some differences among henna artists --
we at Gilded Lilies generally do not do pregnancy henna on anyone
unless they are willing to answer the question "do you want to have
your baby tomorrow" with a resounding YES.

In other words, a customer should be close to term. The reason for
this is that there is an infintesimally small chance that the cooling
properties of henna may lower the body temperature enough to trigger
labor. There is some indication that henna application (non
decorative) has been used as a traditional abortifacient. There are
also some taboos against henna application in some cultures
(Catherine would have more specific information on this). The taboos
are based on pregnant women not appearing sexy, but sometimes I think
taboo rationalizations are a gloss over a practical reason.

Personally, I just don't think its worth taking the risk.
The exceptions to that rule for me are if I am workingon PEOPLE I
KNOW who are thoroughly familiar with henna and its properties and
feel comfortable with it.

I have done perhaps 12-15 pregnant bellies in the few years I have
been doing henna. Two of those people went into labor within 6 hours
of henna application! One of them was overdue with no signs of
labor, in fact she had an appt to induce labor. The other one was
nearly 2 weeks early. One had her belly done, the other had
traditional feet done.

Needless to say, whether their labor was helped along by the henna or
not, I cannot say. But it unnerved me enough to have a FIRM POLICY
with my artists and customers.

You don't mention how far along your model is. But please take this
warning into consideration. And keep her very warm while you are
working on her.

Good luck on what looks like a fabulous opportunity for you and your
model. I hope you will post pictures!



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