Anything involving any kind of chemical strikes fear into the heart of any woman who is expecting.
We have been told that dying our hair is a “no-no”.
That applying certain lotions is a “no-no”.
Plus, in some strange sources on the Internet that even waxing (yes, waxing) can somehow adversely affect our yet to be born baby.
A lot of the rumours we hear are false, but it is important to take pause when considering a manicure.
Considering the harsh chemicals often involved, it is important to know if, and when you can enjoy your next manicure.
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Can You Get Your Nails Done When Your Pregnant?
Yes, You Can Have That Manicure.
A manicure is more than acceptable while you are pregnant, even one which may involve acrylics or gels.
But here’s the catch:
- Your nails must be removed in a well-ventilated area
- Your nails must be applied in a well-ventilated area
- Your hands must be washed thoroughly afterwards
It is also important to understand that you may be more sensitive to acrylic nails while you are pregnant (this includes if you have worn them before).
The Argument To Go Natural
You may be used to living life with long, strong nails that are impeccably varnished and shining, but now is the time to give your natural nails a life.
Consider this: you’re pregnant.
While your stomach may be growing and your feet may be hurting, your hair and your nails are growing stronger and shinier than they ever have in your life.
This is the time to let your natural nails shine.
You can visit your manicurist and ask them to remove your acrylic and gel nails (admittedly, your nails will look dull and sad afterwards).
They will also be able to recommend an oil or lotion which will help you restore your nails’ natural beauty and you may be able to continue growing out your natural nails until well after your baby has made his grand entrance into this world.
While your natural nails recoup, you can also continue to apply your favourite nail polish or have fun and experiment with services like Jamberry nail wraps. (not the best quality but fun!)
image credit: Simple Nails And Beauty
You have a lot of options and you can have a lot of fun when exploring them.
Are Gels Or Acrylics Better?
Both types of false nails require pregnant women to take a certain set of precautions when they have their nail removed and applied.
Those who are having gel nails need to be concerned about Methyl Methacrylate Monomer (MMA).
Though it has been banned in most states in the United States, it is still available in the UK and may be prevalent in the United States as well.
MMAshould not be used while you are pregnant.
Not only can it irritate your skin, your eyes and your lungs, but it can cause allergic reactions.
It may also cause birth defects in unborn babies, which is why expectant mom’s should largely avoid using it whenever possible.
Apart from that, gel nails should be removed and applied in a well ventilated area so that you are not forced to take in any fumes.
These can make you feel nauseous (especially when you are already suffering from morning sickness).
Gel nails will, however, need the acetone to contact it for up to twenty minutes in order to remove all of the gel.
Our best advice:
- Use gels sparingly and love on your awesome natural nails
- Tell salon staff you are pregnant and make sure that they use the least amount of time to remove your nails
- Make sure that the area is well ventilated
- Wash your hands thoroughly after each and every treatment
If you are trying to take off your well worn gel nails on your own, make sure that you apply cotton pads which have been doused in acetone to your nails rather than soaking your fingers in an acetone bath.
This will significantly help reduce your chemical exposure.
Get The Manicure
Pregnancy already involves needing to give up so much: sushi, wine, coffee and tea, your favourite pair of jeans.
The list can and will stretch on and on.
But one luxury you do not need to pass up on is the manicure.
Whether it is in a salon or at home, you can treat yourself to amazing and beautiful nails any time during your pregnancy, as long as:
- The area is well ventilated
- You have limited exposure to acetone
- You treat your nails so they remain strong
Keep in mind, this time is the strongest your nails will ever be so take advantage of it, embrace them, and love them.