Being pregnant is a wonderful thing. You will be sporting the glorious pregnancy glow on the outside, but on some days, pesky pregnancy symptoms like heartburn, stretched tummy or lack of sleep can leave you feeling pretty crummy on the inside. With your body changing so much during pregnancy, it is a good idea to pamper your pregnant body and make you feel great.
Whether you are a regular to the salon or not, a medicure and pedicure should be part of your pregnancy regimen, especially towards the last few months when you can’t reach your own feet, let alone see your toes. Beautiful-looking hands and feet always make you feel pretty. With that, it is fine to grab a manicure and pedicure during pregnancy.
But before you head off to the nail bar, be sure that the nail bar practices hygiene and sterilization of tools. The possible risk for anyone having a manicure or pedicure is getting an infection from imperfectly sterilized equipment. An infection during pregnancy is concerning, as your baby is also at risk for exposure to any infection that you acquire.
When choosing your nail bar, ensure that your nail technicians practice the following:
1. Sterilize clippers and other tools in an UV sterilizer ( You can also bring your own tools, if you prefer )
2. Do not reuse non-metal files, buffers, and sticks
3. Sanitized pedicure baths before or after each use
4. Your technician should wear new gloves.
For ease of your mind, you can ask the salon or nail technician for a license of certification. For the exta reassurance, you may prefer to avoid the nail bar during the first trimester. You may also want to ensure that the nail bar is well-ventilated. This is because the chemicals and fumes in the salon may make some moms-to-be nauseated.
To ensure that your mani-pedi is pregnancy safe, be sure to ask if your nail bar is using non-toxic brand of nail polish and remover. Most nail polish is made with chemicals — formaldehyde, toluene and phthalates — that you don’t want to expose your baby to. These chemicals have been linked to problems ranging from skin irritation in people to birth defects in animals.
Phthalates are plasticisers, used to make plastic flexible in a whole range of products; some are banned from use in cosmetics. Phthalates have been linked to damage to a developing baby’s reproductive system, and an increased risk of asthma and cancer.
Formaldehyde is a preservative used in varnish as a nail hardener. These chemicals are very unlikely to do you or your baby any harm at the levels at which they are present in nail varnish, but you may want to avoid them completely.
Pregnancy-safe, Non-Toxic Nail Polishes
We have compiled a list of nail polishes that is free from dangerous ingredients.
1. Scotch Natural - 100% free of toxins and solvents, eco-friendly, vegan
2. Piggy Paint - non-toxic, odorless, kid-friendly, kid-colored, water-based formula.
3. Priti - non-toxic, made without all known carcinogenic ingredients.
4. Aquarella - water-based system of nail polish, conditioner, remover and moisturizer
5. Honeybee Gardens, an alternative to solvent-based nail polish, water-based, odorless, removes with rubbing alcohol.
6. Nubar - created without the use of formaldehydes, toluene, and phthalates.
7. Suncoat - water-based nail polish that has been recognized and honored by the Canadian Health Food Association Expo
8. Sante - free from the 3 nasties
We hope that you do not hold back on your pampering session. Grab a pregnancy safe mani-pedi and embrace your beautiful journey of pregnancy.
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