As an expectant mom, can I use a belly or thigh firming cream?

Q: As an expectant mom, can I use a belly or thigh firming cream?

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A: "While most such creams don't contain any ingredients that will hurt you or your baby, they won't help much, either," says Ava Shamban, M.D., a Santa Monica-based dermatologist. The caffeine found in most firming creams may create a temporary tightening effect, but you're better off using a cream with emollients to soothe the itchiness caused by your rapidly expanding skin, says Shamban.

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