Manicures During Pregnancy? The Real Deal.

Do you feel naked without a fresh coat of polish on your nails? We understand the feeling and we always encourage our mamas to pamper themselves! But just like you’ve had to reconsider the type of makeup products you put on your face or the lotion you rub onto your skin, getting manicures during pregnancy is no different.

Experts say YES it’s safe to visit a nail salon-but we advise you to approach with caution. Here’s a list of precautions to take before considering a new shade for the upcoming season:

Always make sure the area is well-ventilated.

There are a lot of fumes in the air at nail salons and the strong odors can cause nausea and uncomfortable headaches. Not to mention, the chemicals might not be safe for your little one. Experts are still looking into evidence of this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your baby’s health!

Bring your own tools (nail clippers, cuticle clippers, the works.)

No one likes infections and if the manicurist’s tools are not sterilized you increase that risk significantly. The best advice we can give you is to bring your own utensils when getting manicures during pregnancy. It creates less worry and it’s a guarantee that what’s being used on your hands and feet are safe and clean.

Ditch the foot massage.

Unless you want to induce labor, we suggest skipping the foot massage. Many reflexology practitioners suggest that pregnant moms use their services because the stimulation of a pressure point between your heel and ankle bone has the ability to trigger contractions. Many mamas have sworn to this, so either ditch the massage all together or ask your manicurist to avoid that area.

Go for the 5-free nail polish or bring your own.

Most nail polishes contain harmful chemicals that our body absorbs once it’s painted on. There are five main chemicals that lurk in your nail polish:

  • Formaldehyde: Used to harden and strengthen nail polishes. This known carcinogen has the ability to cause cancer in the throat, blood, and nose. It can also cause abnormal fetal development in pregnant women.
  • Toluene: Not only is this used to create a smooth finish, but it can also cause neurological damage, nausea, decreased brain function, impaired breathing, and other health problems. If mamas inhale too much of this, it can lead to severe damage on the baby.
  • DBP: Otherwise known as Dibutyl Phthalate. This chemical has been proven to impair the hormonal development in male fetuses and cause organ damage.
  • Formaldehyde Resin: A by-product of Formaldehyde that can cause extreme skin irritation, allergic reactions, and a loss of nerve sensation.
  • Camphor: This is also known to cause skin irritation and allergic reactions. If inhaled, the fumes can result in nausea, dizziness, and headaches. Not to mention, it’s been linked to organ damage and liver dysfunction.

Just like the rest of your body, your nails are going through rapid changes. They are growing faster and stronger and taking care of them is an essential part of your beauty routine. Not to mention, it’s a great way to reduce stress and make your toes look beautiful (even if you can’t see them).  As long as you take into consideration the risks of getting manicures during pregnancy, there’s no reason you shouldn’t treat yourself!