Dying to pamper yourself with a manicure and pedicure but worried that it could have some reaction? Relax, it’s perfectly ok to colour your nails and indulge yourself to a soothing foot massage when you’re pregnant. Shed all your worries, and head straight to the parlour and treat yourself if you haven’t had a pedicure or manicure since becoming pregnant.
There are a lot of conflicting opinions
It is quite natural that you’ll be extra cautious about every decision when you’re pregnant,. If you’re one of those who’s used to getting manicures and pedicures regularly, you’ll naturally have apprehensions about visiting the parlour. After all, there are so many misconceptions related to this. Some believe inhaling the toxins of the nail colour is not safe for the baby. Then there is a common belief that a foot massage during pedicure could induce contractions.
But there is little truth in all this. There’s little evidence to show that pedicures and manicures can be harmful to the baby or pregnant women.
In fact, a pedicure is an excellent remedy to soothe your tired feet by improving circulation and reduce swelling.
However, there are a few precautions you must take during pregnancy.
Clean salons and clean tools: It goes without saying that the parlour you choose should be clean and hygienic. Make sure that the equipment used is sterilized to avoid the risk of an infection. An infection during pregnancy is greatly avoidable as it could affect the baby too.
In case don’t want to take any chances, you could take your own set of tools; or you could ask the person attending to you to use a fresh set of tools from an unopened pack.
Ventilation: Proper ventilation is a key factor you must consider while choosing a salon. Remember there are various other treatments in the process which involves the use of many chemicals. So there is a high risk of chemical exposure. Also some women may be sensitive to the smell given off by the chemicals
Nail Polish Remover: There is a general misconception that the acetone-based removers are harmful for pregnant women. But it’s generally considered safe. However, if you want to play it safe, you can request for non-acetone based remover to be used. If it’s a matter of being sensitive to the remover smell, then you may have to look for a salon using scent-free products.
While trimming nails: Make sure that your cuticles – which protect the nail bed from bacteria and fungus – are not cut or pushed back. When you remove cuticles you increase the risk of cuts and infection, which isn’t a good idea, especially not when you’re pregnant.
Check the chemicals: It’s better to be aware of the chemicals that are being used. Chemicals like toluene and formaldehyde are highly avoidable as they can cause harm when they come in direct contact with the skin. The fruity smell of acetone can make some pregnant women nauseas.
A few other tips:
– For strong, shiny nails – cut garlic and rub it back and forth on the nails
– For removing dead cuticles – soak a cotton bud into a small amount of baby oil and rub to remove the dead cuticles
Don’t deprive yourself of looking – and feeling – beautiful during pregnancy. Go ahead, make that appointment with your beautician today and pamper yourself!
Tips & Tricks
If you water bag breaks, stay calm and call your gynaec. Wear a sanitary pad to protect your clothes and on the way to the hospital, use a plastic sheet to prevent the car seat from getting soiled.
Before buying a home pregnancy test kit, be sure to check the expiry date. For accurate results, take the test after one week after the missed period; testing very early, can give you negative results.
Dry fruits are a rich source of iron and contain high dietary fibre. They also meet your nutritional needs during pregnancy
According to a survey conducted at Iowa State College in 1969, the parent's stress at the time of conception plays a major role in determining baby's sex. The child tends to be of the same sex as the parent who is under less stress.