Faster nail growth kicks in during pregnancy (that’s the good part) sometimes accompanied by brittleness, groove formation, or a separation of the nail from the end of the nail bed called onycholysis. Pregnancy hormones actually make your nails grow faster, which is terrific for some women. For others, nails that grow too quickly can be thin, weak, and easy-to-break.
What’s most important is that these symptoms are normal and not anything to be worried about. These changes are also temporary, and your nails should return to normal sometime after you give birth.
If your nails are brittle or breaking, here are some steps you can take to help your nails and avoid them getting any worse.
- Don’t bite or pick at your nails
- Keep nails clean and dry – water makes nails soft, and soft nails break — another reason to limit your bath time
- Opt for short nails for a while – they are less likely to break
- Try to remember to use gloves when washing dishes and doing other household chores
And for more tips on brittle nails, take a look at this list of 10 ways to make brittle nails stronger!