Manicure during pregnancy
If you're pregnant, you've probably heard a million things to do and not to do. However, most of them are imposed on us by superstition. Let's talk today about whether it is possible to do a manicure during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, despite the relevance of the topic, there is still not enough research on the subject of cosmetic procedures during pregnancy. That is why, still a huge number of girls walk with cute tummies, but long regrown hair roots or split ends, just because "grandmother said that if you cut your hair, you can cut something for the child." :)
Of course, prejudices could not help touching the manicure. Many girls are interested in the question of whether it is safe to do a manicure during pregnancy, since there is no desire to part with the beauty of their nails. I can reassure you and confidently say that a manicure will not cause direct harm to the child. But, there are certain risk factorsthat should be considered before going to the nail master in order to protect yourself and your unborn child. We will talk about them today!
Whether you are pregnant or not, you should make sure that the salon you are visiting has meticulous hygiene practices. If the instruments are not properly sterilized, you risk skin or nail infections. These infections may appear immediately, or they may take weeks or months to develop. Some bacterial infections may require antibiotics to be treated, which is not desirable during pregnancy.
Exposure to chemicals
Most nail products, from primer to top coat to nail polish remover, contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). It should be noted that the way a product smells does not necessarily indicate its safety. Some coatings can be very smelly, but are not dangerous. While others may not smell at all, but contain strong chemicals.
During a manicure or pedicure, you may experience the following:
Toluene, a chemical also found in gasoline.
Formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen. You must avoid inhalation and skin contact.
Dibutyl phthalate is a substance that is classified as highly hazardous because it can cause reproductive problems, especially in men. This chemical is banned in Europe and can also cause organ problems and disrupt the endocrine system.
The main hazard associated with these chemicals is inhalation, although some products may also be absorbed through the skin. But don't be scared right away, there is good news! Volatile organic compounds evaporate into the air, so good ventilation can help reduce your exposure to them to safe levels. You can also ditch the coating and the chemicals used to remove them and just enjoy a well-maintained, natural look.
Are massages safe during pregnancy?
Did you know that a manicure or pedicure can send you to the delivery room? :) Of course, I'm exaggerating a little, but the fact is that the stimulation of certain points on the arms and legs during the massage can provoke uterine contractions.
There is little scientific evidence that acupressure actually has this effect. But, in order to be safe, ask your manicurist to avoid touching these points during the procedure. You can generally skip the massage part and just be content with a beautiful coating. :)
I hope I didn't scare you too much with the above information. You can still treat yourself to a manicure while pregnant. Just follow these precautions in the salon or at home:
- Arrive at your salon a little early so you can watch them clean up after a previous client. Pay special attention to tools and hand and foot baths.
- Feel free to ask about their level of tooling if you're skeptical.
- Also ask about ventilation. Try sitting by a window or a fan during the procedure.
- Harmful microorganisms can enter your body through foot baths. Postpone your pedicure if you have cuts, insect bites, scrapes, or other open sores on your feet.
- If you choose to do your nails at home, make sure you paint them in a well-ventilated area.
- Try switching to non-toxic nail polishes. Fortunately, there is a large selection of organic products on the beauty market now.
- Many girls are afraid to do gel polish during pregnancy because of the need to use a UV lamp. In fact, such a small dose of ultraviolet radiation is not capable of harming a child. However, if you are worried, you can additionally cover your tummy with some kind of cloth, blouse or blanket, for example.
- Ask the manicurist to avoid pressure points on the arms and legs during massage treatments.
If you're still worried about getting your nails done while pregnant, ask your doctor for more advice.
In most cases, manicure and pedicure during pregnancy is not contraindicated. But in the end, the decision is up to you and your doctor. Happy holidays, my dears! Be healthy and beautiful! :)