Can You Get A Mani-Pedi When You’re Pregnant?


Many pregnant women desperately miss the pampering experience of a manicure and pedicure in Tucson. Several months in and you can’t reach your toenails to paint them – that big beautiful life you’re growing up front makes it a little harder to bend.

Nail salons, like hair salons, are often regarded as places full of chemicals, and pregnant women tend to stay away from anything that can potentially harm their children. In the past, that was undoubtedly the right decision.

We’ve moved a little further along with science and with products. There are plenty of safe nail salons that use products that are less harmful than they ever were before, with many of them completely natural or organic. If you choose the right location, you can enjoy a manicure and a pedicure while pregnant – and you don’t have to skip the polish.

Cleanliness Is Vital

Cleanliness should be a crucial factor in selecting a nail salon even when you aren’t pregnant. There are many tools and many people with many germs in a nail salon. You need to make sure you’re not getting the remnants of other people’s germs while you’re getting your fingers or toes done. It’s hard to relax when your pedicure soak is full of mold or your nail file has someone else’s blood on it.

Before you choose a location, thoroughly research them online. Read the reviews and see what people say about the cleanliness. If the place has ever been in trouble for subpar cleaning standards in the past, it will undoubtedly show up towards the top of the Google search results.

Chemical Free Products Are Always The Safest

Nail polish used to be formulated with a wealth of unnecessary chemicals with safety ratings that were extremely dubious at best. People made it clear that they weren’t interested in risking their health by applying formaldehyde to their nails, and surprisingly, many nail polish brands took the hint.

There are numerous “7 free” nail polish brands. This means they’re formulated without any of the 7 most problematic chemicals that make nail polish less than safe. Most of them went the extra mile to become vegan and cruelty free, a huge bonus for ethical mothers to be who are looking to eliminate animal products from their lives.

Eco friendly salons often exclusively utilize vegan and cruelty free products, often attempting to keep their selections as organic as possible. This means that the lotions that they use for massage and the oil they add to the foot soak is just as safe as the nail polish.

Maybe Skip The Gel

There are plenty of natural gel polishes that are great for your nails, but there are a lot of factors at play. Some salons and spas use UV lights to cure gel polishes, and UV rays aren’t good for the skin. It may not be inherently dangerous to get that little bit of UV exposure under some circumstances, but your skin is far more sensitive when you’re pregnant. You may sunburn or develop hyperpigmentation as a result of a UV curing light.

If your manicurist cures gel polish with an LED light, you’re good to go. There are no known risks associated with LED light for anyone, pregnant or not. In fact, research and dermatological results show that LED light can be great for your skin.

The only remaining part of the dilemma is what to do when your gel nails grow out. It’s fantastic that polish lasts for weeks without chipping or needing a touch up, but it’s not so fun when it’s time to switch colors. Gel nail polish needs to soak to be removed, and oftentimes, that soaking solution is acetone. Acetone is a very strong chemical. Before you commit to LED gel, ask your salon how they remove gel polish.

Removing Nail Polish Safely

Regular nail polish also needs to be removed safely. You can have it removed at a salon, or you can remove it at home. Where you have it removed is nowhere near as important as what you have it removed with. Most nail polish removers contain acetone, and your nailbeds are porous. You absorb small amounts of the chemicals, and when you’re pregnant, you don’t want to absorb any amount of any chemical.

Natural nail polish removers formulated with essential oils are capable of removing nail polish just as well as acetone removers, but without any of the chemicals. Make sure your salon offers a natural alternative to acetone, and pick up a bottle to keep at home. If you decide to swap your color on your own, you can use a 7-free polish and your natural remover to switch up your color and brighten up your mood.

Looking For A Natural Nail Salon?

Greentoes in Tucson exclusively uses safer eco-friendly nail polish and natural and organic nail salon care products. Everything we use is vegan and cruelty free. We can give you the safe, natural, relaxing pampering experience you deserve without the chemicals you don’t.

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Tucson, AZ 85705

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