Many women want to feel beautiful during their pregnancy. Women who normally visit nail salons may think about getting their nails done during this time. Is this really safe though? There are so many beauty treatments which pregnant women need to conscious of, so it is important to know whether or not this is a good option. Here’s what you should know about how safe it is to get your nails done during pregnancy.
Fumes From Nail Salons and Pregnancy
The biggest risk of nail salons during pregnancy is the fumes which are caused by nail applications. It is generally thought that inhaling fumes can be detrimental to an unborn baby’s development, which is one of the many reasons women are not recommended to dye their hair during this time. Women who are pregnant may also find themselves feeling nauseated from the fumes and their heightened sense of smell.
There are ways to minimize this potential side effect of acrylic nails during pregnancy. Choosing a salon which is well ventilated can help prevent you from breathing the fumes. It can be easier to find this at full beauty salons or day spas than nail salons.
Nail Technicians and Pregnancy Complications
According to Baby Center, some studies have shown that nail technicians and other salon workers tend to be at a higher risk of miscarriage. However, there are other studies which have found that this is not true. Nail technicians who may have the opportunity to do other type of work in the salon during their pregnancy, such as answering phones instead of applying nails, may want to take advantage of this.
Other Possible Complications of Nail Salons
One of the main risks of getting your nails done is the risk of an infection if the salon does not sterilize their tools. That being said, this is one of the main risks of nail salons at any time, whether or not you are pregnant. However, many women will not want to risk having to treat staph infection during their pregnancies.
Nail Polish and Polish Remove During Pregnancy
According to the March of Dimes, pregnant women should avoid using nail polish and nail polish remover. There are chemicals in these products which can be absorbed by the skin, which may harm your unborn baby. If you are going to get your nails done during pregnancy, it may be more ideal to visit a salon.
Overall, it is important to keep in mind that the risks associated with nail salons during pregnancy are minimal. While you are more likely to become nauseated from the fumes and you are at the same risk of infection as women who are pregnant, there do not seem to be any major risks of visiting a nail salon during pregnancy. As long as you are not spending a significant amount of time getting your nails done while you are pregnant, you should be fine. That being said, keep in mind that your nails are likely to be at their longest and strongest during this time, so you may not need to get them done while you are pregnant.
Baby Center, “Is it safe to have acrylic nails put on during pregnancy?”
March of Dimes, “Can I get my nails done when I’m pregnant?”