Safety Tips With Nail Polish During Pregnancy

Even before you became pregnant, you may have already gathered a lot of information related to pregnancy, including the things that you should and should not do. You might have heard of, read, and seen stories of women who have been in the same situation. However you would like to compile every possible solution to concerns raised by expecting mothers, there just seem to be new interesting concerns that arise in the succeeding days.

At this point, you may have seen changes in your body, including on your hair, skin, and nails. You were advised to take the necessary precaution in everything that you do, eat, drink, think about, even those that will probably touch your nails, skin, and hair. You understand fully well that with your condition, you can easily be affected by just about anything around you, even more, those elements that get into contact with you.

Some of the changes that you observe are not at all appealing, so you want to look for ways to compensate for those unsightly changes. Manicures and pedicures seem to be a relaxing activity that you usually enjoy. Waiting for your nails to be done eases your temper, calms your nerves, and allows you to regain your mental balance. However, as you have heard that there are certain chemicals on nail polish that may not be good for your baby’s health, you start to worry. You contemplate on all the pros and cons (as there are different opinions concerning the use of nail polish during pregnancy). You noted points raised in several articles you have already browsed through while going through possible sources of information on pregnancy.

You remembered that several research results indicated that there have been no significant findings linking the use of nail polish products to problems in pregnancy. This gives you the confidence to have your nails done.

But will any product be right for your manicure or pedicure?

Note that there are chemicals that usually added to nail pigments that you may also have been acquainted with already. Think of the toxic trio (DBP, Toluene, and Formaldehyde) that may be hiding in your nail polish bottle. Among other things that you have to worry when thinking of having a manicure or pedicure even while pregnant, is not just the brand, the type of the product used, but also the manner of the application of the product, as well as the maintenance of the manicure.

To remind you of some safety precautions when using nail polish during this sensitive period of your life, think about these tips:

You can postpone a manicure but not the date of your baby’s birth.

By the fourth week, after you conceive, the ball of cells (blastocyst) rapidly divides and begins to burrow into the uterine lining. From this point onwards, everything that goes through every hole in your body may also reach the fetus. It is only on the 12th week that the baby’s brain has fully developed. Even then, not every part of the baby is fully recognizable as well.

Whether the formula you intend to use on your nails is safe or otherwise, it will be best if you will just postpone having colors on your nails. Your nails will also thank you for this as you are giving them some time to rest from the pressure they receive with every nail cleaning that you do or have others do for you.

If you really are bent on having colors on your nails, opt for the healthier alternatives.

There are many acrylic alternatives that are not only toxin-free but also made with a variety of essential vitamins that make the nail stronger and healthier. These nail polish brands are also water-based, odorless, kid-colored, and vegan-friendly. Acquarella, Suncoat, OPI, Zoya, and Essie, are among the nail polis brands that offer such benefits. Always check the label for any difficult to recognize ingredients that may be harmful, not only to your nails but also to the developing fetus as well.

Find a longer wearing nail polish.

Aside from being healthier alternatives, there are nail pigments that can also last for up to three weeks without chipping. Having a nail polish color that can withstand harsh elements, constant unintended pressure, and still remain glossy, break-free or does not peel, is what you need to for your nails. If you do, you will have weeks of glamorous nails that will just keep your nails growing more fabulous.

Look for an expert nail technician to do the job for you.

You can be an avid fan of DIY projects, but doing a manicure, even more, a pedicure by yourself, is quite impractical when you are heavy with a baby. Just let the expert do the job for you. Just make sure that exposure to the formula is limited and you are allowed to stay in a well-ventilated room while having your nails.

Keep your nails from unnecessary pressures.

It takes hours to have the nails done. If you want to wear those gorgeous nails longer without seeing them breaking or chipping, make sure you protect them if you need to do any activity. You can wear a pair of gloves, but make sure that your nails are already totally dry when you try to put the gloves on.

When it is time to remove your old nail polish, make sure that an acetone-free nail polish remover is used.

You also need to wash your hand with soap and water to make sure that there won’t be any nail polish color residue on your nails.


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