Myth-Busting: Is nail polish safe during pregnancy?



A manicure makes me feel more in control, mad as that may sound. And when I was heavily pregnant and couldn’t face rolling on and off of the masseuse’s couch or lying still long enough to get a facial, a relaxing pedicure was the perfect pick-me-up. However, nail polish is full of toxins, so I gave both manis and pedis a miss for the first trimester, and was never quite sure what I was and wasn’t allowed to do with my nails. Enter Doug Schoon, author of Nail Structure and Product Chemistry, for the definitive answer to a hot question – is nail polish safe?

“When nail salon clients discover they’re pregnant, one of the first questions they will ask you is, “Can I keep wearing my nail enhancements during my pregnancy?” or “Is it alright to wear nail polish or a UV gel manicure?” or “What about acetone removers, are they…

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