There are so many do’s and don’ts during the term of your pregnancy that is enough to put you into depression. Especially related to your beauty care regime, there are a lot of no-no’s. However, thankfully you don’t have to give up your manicure and pedicure. While there hasn’t been a lot of research on the topic, getting manicures and pedicures are not considered harmful for you or your baby.
Like hair, there is also an increase in the pace that your nails grow. You would have to keep them at a trim regularly, and definitely would enjoy getting a routine nail job done. However, not every pregnant woman gets those coveted strong, healthy nails. For some, their nails turn weak and brittle. Therefore, it is important to include calcium in your diet in a proper balance.
Getting a pedicure and a manicure would be wonders at a time when you are generally going through insecurities about self image. Self image issues like growing fat and awkward are normal during pregnancy and therefore no amount of pampering should be enough. A pedicure and a manicure might just be the thing to make you feel good about yourself.
As your pregnancy progresses, a pedicure could be a godsend as it soothes those poor tired feet that have been carrying you and your baby around. Pedicures also help in blood circulation and reduce swelling. There are things you need to keep in mind before getting a pedicure or manicure-
- Say no to a foot massage. There are points on your body that should not be massaged during pregnancy. For example the area between your heel and ankle-bone, if massaged might trigger early contractions.
- Make sure that the parlor is a well ventilated one. The fumes of the parlor might be harmful for the fetus. Also it will give you a headache and make you nauseas.
- Another thing you should check is that the tools used in the process are cleaned and properly sterilized before they are used on you. In fact, if possible get your own tools.
It is better to go natural during pregnancy. Though there are little to no chances of nail paint chemicals seeping through the nail, still it is generally discouraged, because of the presence of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde and phthalates. Acrylic paints are a big no in all the pregnant circles. While some pregnant women continue to use acrylic with no apparent side-effects many consider that it is better to be safe than sorry.
Shellac manicures are also a point of debate. For some, shellac manicure stays on for almost four weeks while other complain that it does not last for long. The opinion of the majority is that shell manicure is just a waste of good money. The reason being that during pregnancy nails grow at a much quicker pace and the manicure grows out before you know it.
Also, it could be a bit of a risk because it doesn’t come off easily and the hands need to be soaked in acetone before it could be removed. Acetone is harmful during pregnancy though there is not much evidence of it causing harm. It also makes the nails brittle and thin. Another kind of nail paints generally discouraged is gel kind. They usually have to be applied in gel or liquid form and put under UV light to set properly. The same problem arises with them, that they are removed by soaking the in acetone. In fact it takes a longer time to soak.
So while getting a pedicure and a manicure is not a risk but actually helpful, it is worth your while to pay attention on the little details to have a safe and risk free pregnancy.