It is typically safe to get fake or acrylic nails on when you are pregnant however the main concern comes when you are about to go into labor. Depending on the hospital policy, some require women to remove nail polish from fingers and toes in the event that an emergency c-section is required. This is because doctors need to be able to see the color of your nails to check oxygen levels.
Yes, it’s safe to have acrylic or fake nails put on during pregnancy however there are a few necessary precautions to take.
- Ventilation: The main risk with the use of acrylic nails is from the products themselves and the fumes that are associated with them. It is important to ensure the salon is well ventilated.
- Skin sensitivity: Women tend to have skin that is more easily irritated when during pregnancy, so some products may cause problems when normally they would not. This is not likely to be a risk to your baby, but you may want to avoid them for your own level of comfort.
It makes sense that when you’re pregnant, you want to limit your exposure to as many toxic chemicals and compounds as possible. When you pop into your local beauty salon for a manicure, pedicure or to have some fake nails applied, ask for a seat in a well-ventilated area, and if the fumes make you feel nauseated, step outside.
You could always get some fake nails yourself and put them on for a bit of fun. These days, other than peel off nail polish, there are temporary nails you can use which are easy to apply and easy to remove. Press on nails are the way to go as they require no glue so there are no fumes!