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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Mani-Pedi's When Pregnant

Your nails will grow when you are pregnant, and this may be your best time to just buff and shape and your hands will look beautiful. But if the new lengths are making you want just a bit more flash, it is safe to get manicures when you are pregnant, but there are several factors to take into consideration when deciding to get a gel manicure during pregnancy.  Polishes are a chemical.  Chemical absorption through skin and nail beds is always going to be an issue when selecting a polish type. Generally you don't get information on every chemical, but organic polishes have the fewest chemicals in them. Pregnant women experience an expansion of not only blood volume, but an increase in blood vessels as well.  Just as a pregnant woman may be more prone to bleeding gums while brushing teeth, cuticles must be treated with extra care during this time.  Pregnancy also makes the skin itself more light sensitive, and prone to pigmentation and damage. So inquire about the kind of lamps used to dry the polish.  LED lamps are generally considered safe, whereas UV lamps slightly increase the risk of skin abnormalities such as discoloration, mole changes and induction of precancerous lesions. You can either use a UV-blocking sunscreen or request latex or (latex free if you are allergic) gloves with the tips cut off so the technician can work on your nails while the rest of your hand remains covered.  The removal process for gel manicures typically requires soaking the fingers in the harsh chemical acetone, which can damage skin and make nails brittle.  You can request that a cotton ball be soaked in the removal chemical and applied rather than dipping your fingers in a bath of it.  As with any time you are going to get your nails done, you want to ensure that there is proper ventilation where you are applying the polish. If you can smell strong fumes when you walk in, you are potentially exposing the baby as well, select a salon with better ventilation.  It’s also important that pregnant women not sit with their legs in the same position for extended periods of time.  Make sure to take breaks, wiggle your legs and ankles a bit, and get ambulatory if your appointment reaches the one-hour mark. Too much ankle swelling after a manicure would mean you sat for too long.  A gel manicure would be best used in moderation, or consider it just for special occasions.  Prenatal vitamins, and the growth hormones of pregnancy, already improve the quality of hair and nails; so if you’re still wary, back to what I said at the start, you may just want to get a gentle shaping and buffing for naturally gorgeous nails.

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