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Pregnant nails: some facts
During pregnancy, the hormonal balance changes, a greater amount of estrogen decides that:
- pregnant nails usually grow faster (even twice as fast!),
- fastest on the middle finger,
- they are often prone to breaking and splitting.
What can you do to strengthen your nails during pregnancy?
- take care of a varied diet, rich especially in B vitamins (biotin), zinc, selenium, silicon, which have a beneficial effect on the thickness and hardness of nails,
- eat eggs, nuts, whole grains, avocados, peas,
- pay attention to systematic care, reach for natural cosmetics,
- use protective gloves during housework,
- do not swallow any nail strengthening tablets (without consulting a doctor!)
Is a pregnant manicure safe?
Many women decide to stop dyeing their hair during pregnancy. They also avoid visits to the cosmetician. They blow in the cold and just in case give up the treatments they underwent before becoming pregnant.
Is this reasonable caution?
Experts and future mothers themselves have different opinions on this subject. Mainly because it's difficult to assess the risk. For some it is negligible, which means that it is not worth worrying about, and for others even a small risk is a cause for concern.
What are the facts?
Pregnant nails - what's allowed and what's not?
Manicures and pedicures during pregnancy are not prohibited.
Does this mean they are advisable?
As always with this type of treatment there is a risk of skin infections that, fortunately, can be minimized. If we are going to a good salon, this type of situation cannot take place. A good beautician cares about the cleanliness and sterility of work tools. That is why it is crucial to choose a qualified person and not an amateur.
Is there a risk?
Some research results suggest the relationship between chemicals used in beauty salons and miscarriages. Most scientific studies, however, did not confirm these reports in the case of salon clients. They were confirmed in the case of beauticians expecting a child.
There is also another type of problem - carrying out tests on pregnant women is difficult, because, as a rule, future moms are excluded from experiments. For security reasons, certain solutions are not tested and their real risks are not assessed.
It's also difficult to talk about the overall risk because they should be considered in relation to a specific surgery. While hybrid nails are not prohibited during pregnancy, acrylic or gel nails are discouraged due to contact with chemical substances.
Most preparations used during the application of acrylic and gels contains volatile organic compounds (VOC), which may be accompanied by a bad odor. Expectant mother may be exposed to contact during cosmetic procedures toluenewhich is in gasoline, formaldehyde, which is carcinogenic DBP - considered to be an important factor responsible for reproductive problems.
Some experts believe that occasional contact with these chemicals does not threaten the future mother and her child. Beauticians who work with these materials on a daily basis are in a much more difficult position.
It is assumed that hybrids are a better choice in pregnancy than acrylic or gel nails.
Pregnancy hybrids - precautions
During pregnancy, you can opt for both a hybrid manicure and gel or acrylic nails (although these are advised against, the decision is yours). It is worth taking care of the following:
- choose a good salon where the topic of hygiene is taken seriously,
- it's best to let the tools be sterilized with you - this is very important, because dirty equipment can be a source of hepatitis B or C infection,
- warn you that you are pregnant - a good beautician should take special precautions to minimize the risk of infection,
- take care of your well-being, if due to vapors you feel nauseous or dizzy, take care of the supply of fresh air, good ventilation is crucial (open window or air conditioning),
- pregnant skin may be softer, susceptible to irritation, pay attention to how it reacts to the procedure, in pregnancy there is a greater risk of allergies and infections.
- wash your hands thoroughly after the procedure,
- ventilate the room in which the procedure took place, it is best to leave it immediately.
Problem with infection
It should be assumed that making a manicure or pedicure will not directly affect the child. The only risk is the infection mentioned above, which unfortunately can spread throughout the body through the blood.
Inflammation may appear immediately after visiting a beautician or after a few weeks. The most common are: bacterial infections (manifested by redness, swelling, pus gathering. Treatment requires the use of antibiotics, sometimes skin cutting is necessary), fungal infection (nails turn yellow, folded. Treatment involves the use of topical and generic drugs), viral infections (in the form of warts).
Is nail painting allowed in pregnancy?
Painting nails in intense color just before delivery is not recommended. Most hospitals recommend that they have a natural color and be cut short. This is very important, because in the case of perinatal complications, the doctor should be able to assess the nail plate and check for discoloration.
However, there are many centers that depart from this record. It is safest to paint your nails with a colorless varnish (paying attention to its composition so that it does not contain formaldehyde or toluene). For washing varnish, it is best to use a cleaner without acetone, which in extreme cases can lead to birth defects in the child.