Nailing Down the Facts – Is it Safe to Get a Manicure or Pedicure during Pregnancy?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina

For many women, getting their nails done is an easy way to feel pampered, pretty or professional. But if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you might wonder if it’s safe for you to go to a nail salon and sit among the fumes or have chemicals applied to your nails. Which begs the question: What’s in nail treatments, after all?

Let’s take a look:

Any small amounts of any of these ingredients that might be absorbed into the body are not expected to increase the chance of problems for your pregnancy or for breastfeeding. As long as a salon has good air flow, it is unlikely that significant amounts will get into the body by breathing the fumes. But if you have headaches, dizziness or nausea while in the salon, take a break and get some fresh air outside.

So, what’s the bottom line? Pamper away! Routine nail treatments pose no known increased risk for your pregnancy or breastfed baby.

Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, coordinates MotherToBaby North Carolina, housed at the Mission Fullerton Genetics Center. MotherToBaby is a free service of the Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). 


If you have questions about exposures during pregnancy or breastfeeding, contact MotherToBaby toll-free at 800-532-6302, by text at 855-999-3525 or via email or live chat at MotherToBaby.org [1].