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Is it safe to get manicures and pedicures during pregnancy?

Is it safe to get manicures and pedicures during pregnancy?
Submitted by American Baby Team

If you love your regular mani-pedi ritual, there's no need to give it up now that you're pregnant. Having your nails and toes done is a great way to pamper yourself, and the accompanying hand and leg massage that some salons offer can help minimize swelling and boost circulation.

Some moms-to-be may worry about the safety of certain chemicals found in nail polish, and it's normal to be concerned. But the truth is that while there are small amounts of scary-sounding toxic chemicals (like formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate) in nail polishes and removers, only a very insignificant amount is actually absorbed through your nail bed -- not enough to have an impact on your baby's health.

A bigger concern is that being surrounded by these polishes and removers could make you queasy, so make sure your salon is well-ventilated, or ask to sit near a door or window. --Stacey Stapleton

The answers from our experts are for educational purposes only. Please always refer to your child's pediatrician and mental health expert for more in-depth advice.

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Submitted by gargsweta69
My Husband and I both get regular pedicures together as a way for just the two of us to relax!!!! There is nothing wrong with pampering yourself. I did give up on the manicures however...they were rather needless since my nails grow SO fast due to the folic acid I'm taking. I am now only 2 weeks and a couple days away from my delivery (baby #3) and I think last week was probably the last pedi I will have till after the baby is born!
Submitted by blissful72410