I love having my nails painted. It's a girly-girl thing that I completely enjoy and, if my life weren't so crazy with two little kids, I'd keep them painted all the time.
Pre-kids, I did keep up with pedicures, whether I went out for an inexpensive one or did it myself at home. But when I got pregnant, I wondered if it was still safe to paint my nails -- with all of those chemicals and fumes.... And I've noticed a few moms-to-be around here wondering the same thing.
I came across an article that addresses all sorts of preggo pampering questions, including painting your nails, and the bottom line is, it's fine!
Although polish does contain some harsh chemicals, your nail beds don't absorb them and there's never been any danger or risk of birth defects linked to having your nails painted. Still, because of the chemicals, you should make sure you're in a space that's well ventilated.
And if you want to pick a polish that's lower on the bad chemicals, try Nubar -- it's formaldehyde-, toulene-, and phthalate-free.
As my belly got bigger and my toes felt farther and farther away -- bye-bye, there they went! -- I did treat myself to a couple of pedicures, one shortly before I delivered. It was heaven.
What about you? Do you keep up with your normal beauty treatments while PG or have you made some adjustments?