Is it Safe to Have a Manicure & Pedicure While Pregnant?
When you’re achy, tired and can no longer reach your own feet, booking a relaxing manicure and pedicure gives you a chance to recharge.
There’s no definitive research that indicates these treatments are dangerous during pregnancy. But because many things you do can affect your growing baby, take a few more precautions than you normally would.
Risks And Precautions
Four main concerns can affect your nail salon visit during pregnancy: infection, topical chemicals, poor ventilation and early contractions. To reduce your risk of infection, Parenting.com recommends bringing your own nail file and clippers from home.
Opt for basic nail polish now instead of the gel treatments that involve extended exposure to chemicals. Also ask your technician to check whether any of the products she will use contain the chemicals MMA, EMA or toluene.
These chemicals pose a threat to pregnant women and their growing babies, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Because poor ventilation can make you sick, avoid salons that have strong smells, and wait until the worst of morning sickness is over before booking your treatments.
Finally, tell your pedicure technician to skip the foot rub — according to Parenting.com, this relaxer could jump-start contractions.