If you’re a sucker for a good mani-pedi and and often rush to the salon to get one of these, you may wonder about their safety when you’re pregnancy. After all, the chemicals found in nail grooming products aren’t exactly organic. But the truth is that your nail bed absorbs only a negligible amount of these chemicals and they cannot effectively hinder foetal health. In fact, getting a manicure and pedicure might just serve as an instant pick-me-up on days when you aren’t feeling that great.
With that said, while this process is considered safe, you’ll still need to follow some safety measures to ensure both your and your baby’s well-being. We take a deeper look into the safety factors and share practical tips for a safe mani-pedi during pregnancy.
Yes, both manicure and pedicure are safe to get when you are expecting. There’s absolutely no need to give up on these pampering beauty activities. In fact, getting your nails and toes done can relieve stress, reduce swelling, and also improve blood circulation. However, you do need to ensure that you are visiting a hygienic salon. Make sure that the nail tools and products are cleaned and sterilised thoroughly before use to prevent the contraction of bacterial, fungal, or viral infections.
Some people believe that pedicures can induce labour. A pedicure involves massaging certain areas in the feet and is considered similar to a process called reflexology— massaging pressure points in the feet, and ankles that trigger contractions and induce labour. However, there is no research to support this claim. Even though this statement is just a myth, you can tell the pedicurist to avoid massaging the points near the ankles and the feet, especially during the later stages of pregnancy.
If possible, try to get your mani-pedi sesh at home. This will help you avoid the chemical stench that lingers in nail salons. However, you can still opt to get your nails done at a salon. Just make sure to follow certain safety measures as mentioned below.
If you are still doubtful about visiting a salon and want to eliminate all risks associated with salon treatments, you can follow some simple mani-pedi tricks at home. You just need the right nail grooming tools to pamper your hands and feet at home. Follow these simple steps:
Do not hesitate to get a manicure or pedicure during pregnancy as your body requires these pampering sessions to cope with all the changes it is undergoing. Just remember to maintain certain safety precautions and avoid chemically-loaded products to prevent any unwanted complications; and if you can, get the mani-pedi done in the comfort of your home.