I’ve been invited to a botox party. Should I go? I’m 3 months pregnant. Steph

Hi Steph, I’m assuming you’re talking about a social gathering at which Botox injections are given.   It might seem like a comfortable way to get Botox treatments, sometimes at reduced rates but the party might not have measures in place to ensure safe and effective treatments. Botox should be used only under a doctor’s care. While Botox injections are relatively safe when given by an experienced doctor, side effects and complications can occur — including pain and bruising at the injection site and temporary muscle weakness.  Alcohol is often served at such gatherings and it bears mentioning that drinking before getting Botox injections can increase your tendency to bruise afterward.  Most experts recommend having cosmetic procedures, including Botox injections, in a doctor’s office. I suggest that you ask for a referral from your primary care doctor or look for a doctor who has experience with Botox treatments.  Botox is made from human plasma (part of the blood) which may contain viruses and other infectious agents. Donated plasma is tested and treated to reduce the risk of it containing infectious agents, but there is still a small possibility it could transmit disease. As such, it is not known whether Botox will harm an unborn baby. Also, Botox can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby.