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Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

I've heard something about the dangers of using nail polish during pregnancy -- is this true?

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I've heard something about the dangers of using nail polish during pregnancy -- is this true?

The Bump Expert

There’s been a lot of talk lately about nail polishes that are 3-free, meaning they don’t contain the three toxic chemicals DBP (dibutyl phthalate), toluene and formaldehyde. DBP may cause hormone-production problems in a fetus; toluene may cause reproductive issues, headaches, itchy eyes and more; and formaldehyde can cause breathing problems and even cancer. Who knew a pretty mani could be so scary!

While some experts think exposure to nail polish could be harmful to your fetus, there’s no clear evidence that the occasional manicure or pedicure is unsafe.

The good news is nail polishes by popular brands OPI, Sally Hansen and Essie are 3-free. The bad news is that some other companies’ nail products that were labeled 3-free have been found to contain some of these nasty chemicals. (See a list of those products here.) If that makes you nervous, you may want to avoid nail polish completely (au naturel nails can look pretty too!). But we think it’s okay to choose a 3-free polish by a brand you trust.

If you’re heading to the nail salon for your manicures and pedicures, make sure there’s proper ventilation and that the instruments being used have been sterilized. Ask the nail technician not to cut your cuticles, since you’re more prone to infections while you’re pregnant and cutting that delicate skin could let in bacteria and germs.

watch: more on beauty safety during pregnancy

Plus, more from The Bump:

How to Makeover Your Beauty Routine for Pregnancy

Is it Safe to Get Acrylic Nails During Pregnancy?

Is Nail Polish Remover Safe?

*article updated July 12, 2012

belli beautiful book cover Melissa Schweiger and Annette Rubin, coauthors of Belli Beautiful: The Essential Guide to the Safest Health and Beauty Products for Pregnancy, Mom and Baby

re: Q: Nail Polish OK?

I've been reading a lot about the chemicals in all skin care/hair care products. How crazy should I be about avoiding these things? I'm worried that I'll rush out to buy organic and it is all a little silly.

Melis11 |

re: Q: Nail Polish OK?

My OB said the Revlon nail polish that is formaldehyde,DBP and toluene free is fine.

Shamrock2003 |

re: Q: Nail polish okay?

Really? I can't paint my nails either? Gah! I never read the bottle. I guess it's good to start... jeeze.

xenarena1022 |

re: Q: Nail polish okay?

There are also phthalates in nail polish and other beauty products like perfume. It's probably best to stay away from nail polish first trimester at least. I also cut back on perfume and highly scented products. It's just for a few months, could be worth it in the long run for your baby!-Leilawww.peainthepodcast.com

peainthepodcast |

re: Q: Nail polish okay?

I just went to OPI's website and all nailpolishes have eliminated DBP and Toluene. Some hardeners contain Formaldehyde but it is at levels lower than the guidelines state it should be. Some are made without it, so be sure to check the list.

sblme19 |

what about solar or acrylic nails? is that safe?

I have solar nails, should I get them removed or is it safe to continue to have them filled? And if I get them removed, what about the fumes/chemicals to remove the stubborn things?

tiff515@gmail.com |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Seriously I think all of this stuff is a little ridiculous. If we stopped eating everything they say not to eat and doing everything they say not to do, we wouldn't be able to do anything. Think about all the babies that have been born in the past before all these "warnings" about every little thing came out, who were perfectly normal and healthy. I just say avoid the obvious things like alcohol, excessive caffeine, smoking, etc and not be so paranoid about stupid little things. Isn't this supposed to be a fun, exciting time?

lrbauer |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Amen to that!!

Weezy420 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Just an FYI if you are concerned about it.. the nail polish at Eye Lips Face http://www.eyeslipsface.com/nails/nail_polish is only $1 and its FREE of: Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

xtynale |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I've heard that I cn't get acrylic nails while I'm pregnant... Is that true?

NavyWife1989 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

sparitual is also free from the harmful stuff. I work in a spa and its what we use. Its an organic and animal friendly line

Pytko7 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

What you do and how hardcore you chose to be during your pregnancy is up to you and how comfortable you're with it. I've had several friends who had gel nails all through their pregnancy and their babies are just fine.

SaraF30 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

It's fine to paint your nails, girls. Nail polish is not absorbed into the nail or the nailbed. However, if you're going to paint your nails, make sure to open a window or do it in a well-ventilated area (just as with ANYTHING containing chemicals...like your household cleaner-and hopefully you're not using many of those...I use Murphey's Oil Soap, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda) or if you're going to the salon for a mani or pedi, get a seat near the door and ask them to crack a window.

Sunniesideup1981 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

And if we're going to be so picky as to worry about painting our nails, shouldn't we be worried about everything else too?? Like the toxins in carpet fibers and the glues that are used to install them?? Using plastic containers for food storage?? Using Tupperware to heat our food?? Even using the microwave?? Using lotion on our skin?? Household cleaners?? There are many, MANY things to worry about....

Sunniesideup1981 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I feel peace of mind knowing I'm making the best choices that I can for baby. I love nail polish & my nails are finally growing! Zoya nail polish is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor. I found a polish remover at Walmart that is acetone and ethyl aceetate free called wilaverde.

Supernova10 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

avon nail polish is DBP,formaldehyde and toluene

sweetpnai82 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I saw my OB on Friday. She said that she would like me to remove my acrylic nails before the end of my first trimester because it can cause an infection under the nail (which could happen even without pregnancy.) However, painting my nails is not an issue. She advised that when I go to the nail salon to ask to sit near the door and have the door open. That is so that I don't inhale the chemical fumes. But contact with nail polish will not hurt me or the baby. If you are concerned, call your OB's office and ask.

hollielewis |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Hi Girls, I own a green business called Green 4 Your Soul. I carry a line of green nail polishes that are free Toluene, Camphor, Formaldehyde and DBP. These chemicals have been linked to birth defects so it's very important to choose a nail polish that doesn't contain them. It's a good idea to have your nails done in a salon that doesn't do acrylics as well so you aren't sucking in those toxic fumes. Feel free to check out my site and also email me via my site with any questions. I also carry eco pregnancy, baby and breastfeeding products. http://www.green4yoursoul.com/products/zoya-professional-nail-lacquer-astra.html

csheehe |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

As far as I'm concerned, I stay clear of any product that could be harmful to either me or the baby. I visit costmeticsdatabase.com to check on my favorite products and whether they are o.k. or not... I do make one exeption with nail polishes though, I could not part with them... I use Sally Hansen products which are better than some others, plus they have tons of colors and are inexpensive.

Sofia0 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

my doc gave me one of the face mask they have you wear in the hospitol and said i can do my nails if i wore that until they dried... but now im reading everyone elses answers so idk lol butthats what she just told me:)

AliciaMBurnett |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

All the stuff they tell you that we can and cannon do is so dumb. You can't eat lunch meat, cant have any coffee, can't do this can't do that and now we can't use our beauty products. What a bunch of CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There have been tons of babies born around the world and states and I bet you that mothers painted their nails.

babymomma0910 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Paint them outside in the fresh air. Honestly, we should be able to do just about anything in moderation. Paint your nails, but don't huff the polish. Eat a hot dog once a month instead of everyday. Have a sip of wine if you want, not an entire bottle. Its all about moderation. I bet sitting around worrying about all the things you can't do is worse for the kid than a hot dog and nail polish combined.

JenM9 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I couldn't agree more!! Everything in MODERATION! Mmmm...I want a hot dog! lol

McCradyToBe |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Zoya has nice toxin freel products. No heavy smells and the polishes last. I am 6 weeks and love painting my nails and will continue to do so through my entire pregnancy.

DUVALK81 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Those mediterranean booths in the mall have those special nail polishers with the dead sead rock, and then buffer, it looks like a clear coat and there is not a chemical involved and it lasts a whole month.

darrensgottagirl |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Definitely be concerned about what products you use, especially while you are pregnant. While plenty of women have been having babies that are seemingly healthy at birth, many chemicals being used in cosmetics have increased dramatically in the past 10-15 years. There is a good deal of research linking these chemicals to a rise in autism and certain cancers. The cosmetic database is a good place to check how safe your products really are- www.cosmeticdatabase.com.

MiamiMergers |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Its okay as long your not in a closed room with no open windows

MitchellLove |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

How about getting a pedicure? I've heard something about pressure points but then other sources say it's nonsense. Any ideas?

daniellerseaman |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Wow... really?

prettygirl222 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I just read the ingredients on my two O.P.I. nail polishes and they both contain formaldehyde and toluene...guess OPI is out of the question (atleast for the two colors I own).  BabyFruit Ticker

audreyclarissa |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

i JUST painted my nails!!!!! should i take it off or will that be harmful too... i miss coffee...

neuzab@aol.com |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

you can have about a 12 oz. cup of coffee. it says so on this website. I paint my nails about 2 times a month, and i always do it outside on my patio.

oburley |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I have been allergic to most nail polishes for years because of the above listed chemicals. There are a few that do not contain formaldehyde and toulene, check out Revlon and zoya (www.zoya.com) OPI and Sally Hansen have been saying that they are planning to remove the chemicals from their nail polishes, but they have not, at least all of the bottles I check out still have them listed on their ingredient list. So just be sure to check out the ingredient lists.

jenntheshrink |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

What about nail polish remover? I've been using nail polish with no DBP, Formaldehyde, or Toulene, but is there a certain nail polish remover to use?

danielle04711 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I am also curious about nail polish remover. I couldn't imagine it's safe since the fumes are so strong. I am big on painting my nails for work and have been looking through my polish collection. Most do not give ingredient information. Where can I find out if it's still safe? I also have polish that is 8 years old that still works well, but I am not sure if it's safe. Does anyone know about these brands: Sinful, CG, Rimmel, NYC, OPI, and Revlon? Are all Sally Hansens safe?

sherrone |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Wow this is silly. There are so many things they tell us to avoid while pregnant and I think that is exactly why so many babies are being born with allergies now because they aren't exposed to it while in the mother's womb and build up antibodies to those foods etc. When I asked my doctor what I needed to avoid she told me to be sensible and as far as she was concerned there was nothing I needed to be overly worried about other than the obvious no alcohol and being around smokers. Oh and if we had a specific food sensitivity to be wary of that because baby is more likely to develop it. So I won't be eating shellfish because my husband is deathly allergic to it. I am not stressing over what I can and can't do because it is not good for the baby.

Arawynn |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Okay....I have a question....I usually go to the chiense shops were they put on tips and paint my nails....should i cover my mouth? OMG...i dont want to ingest anything that is potentially harmful to my baby!

missthorbourne |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I afree with Arawynn. We have become a society of worry-warts. There are so many studies out there with no scientific evidence to back it up. Many of our mothers smoked, painted their nails, dyed their hair... etc, etc. and we are all fine!

harleychic420 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I'm going to stick with Sally Hansen.

rsr368 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Check out nailtini voted best polish by webmd. http://www.tinibeauty.com/news/250.cfm

counselorjen |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I notice that no mentions the use of Nail Polish Remover. It is probably just as harmful!

Tanya850 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

OPI for Sephora brand doesnt have these chemicals either

amybriannemiller |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

ya'll know when baby arrives your not really gonna have time for polishing and waiting for nails to dry anyways, right?

mrandmrsbrtva |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I am a nail tech and I have never read or been told that you cant wear nail polish! They even have acrylic formula that you can have done for "fake nails" called OPI Clarite it is an oderless formula and also what most women who are pregnant and do nails use while pregnant. I do suggest you ask your nail tech for a mask also to avoid breathing in dust and such.

tatewv73 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

There is a new line of polish out that is water based called Piggy Paint. This polish is safe for pregnant women and childeren.

lyndaruby83 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I asked my doctor and she said she had never heard of that precaution. Apparently it's fine.

meghansell |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I'm staying away from it for the most part. Those above mentioned chemicals were all banned by the European Union. Probably for good reason. But for those special occasions, I'll use one Acquarella (water based polish with none of those chemicals!). And It's just as good as the toxic stuff!

Ckutter |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Great, I just used nail polish with dibutyl phthalate at five weeks. I saw that it did not contain formaldehyde or toluene so I thought I was off the hook. Guess I was wrong. Now I feel awful!

skepticaljen |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

What about getting my nails done at a salon? Am I allowed to get a french mani? (the fake nails)

LaDon333 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

NYC Brands are DBP Free, Toluene Free & Free of Added Formaldehyde and at my Wal-Mart they are only like $1.25 a bottle.

emandbry522 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Essie is also free from chemicals.

gina5360 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I have quite the polish collection and went thru all of it when I found out those that contain Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde and Toluene are dangerous ingredients. I found that the Sinful Colors line from Walgreen's and the Claire's lines do not have these ingredients.

melijake |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Thanks for the info! It's crazy how many chemicals are in "beauty" products. Wonder if that has anything to do with the higher level of mental health drugs women take. I wonder if all these chems cause depression?

JWalkers29 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I was at my obg when I was 8 weeks and she said it is perfectly fine as long as your not inhaling the fumes! So paint on girls :)

sjrobards |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I used Zoya nail polish while I was pregnant..no smell no chemicals. But i saw that now Orly has taken the chemicals out too.

pixiecrumbs |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Priti NYC (on the web) makes nail polish that doesn't have any of the harmful chemicals and is eco-friendly. The remover that takes off the polish is soy based.

preggarstasha |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

i think in moderation, it should be fine. my mother worked in a salon while she was pregnant with me...and i'm fine! ... if you feel like you should avoid it, there's no harm in that either.

JBlack910 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Everyone is entitled to their opinion and if some moms or moms to be wanna play it safe then I think they should. I myself like to hear about all the things that may be harmful so that I can steer away from them. All good things come from sacrifice. Better safe then sorry right?

BabyDoll2012 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

seriously? There are people out there shooting up meth while pregnant and I cant have a manicure?

mywayallday1 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Its funny to hear everyone's answers... yeah nail polish might not hurt your little growing baby... but what would 9 months with out a few things hurt? A little give and take here and there is not gonna kill us. i think you need to do what is best for you and your baby.... Dont stress yourself out with a list of donts but instead look at all the amazing things that you can do.. including GROW A BABY haha. i guess its all how you look at ie. But thats just me :)

MrsGutz07 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I have painted my nails a couple of times so far. But fake nails?? I can't tolerate the fumes of nail salons. Plus, who has time for that with babies? And would you really want to drag the baby with you to one of those places? That's a big luxury to me. Go get a massage ;)

Nikollicious2011 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Here is a link with an informative article about nail polish: http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php?id=224

olivialuehrs |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I am sure this is a controversial subject, but I will give it a shot. As a nail technician, I do know that CND Shellac polish is "3 free", which means it doesn't have all those ingredients that everyone gets worried about. It is a awesome product! I recommend it if you are worried about using the ingredients talked about. There was a comment below about pressure points, to address that, there are pressure points around your ankles that should not be massaged. These can make you go in to a early labor and also cause m/c early on. Nail techs are not liscensed in reflexology, so some still do it. You just have to be aware where they are massaging you. There are also certain oils that should not be used when getting spa services done. Lavender being one of them. If it is too concentrate and gets in your blood stream, it can cause the muscles to relax and cause early labor or m/c.

alovelylady |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Try Zoya nail polish - it is toluene, formaldehyde, DBP and Camphor Free. I switched to it after I found out I was pregnant - but I'm going to keep using after as it is the longest wearing nail polish I have ever tried and they have a million colors. www.zoya.com

CC77 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I am not going to stop painting my nails... I won't do it.

wearsunscreen |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Lol ^ you dont have to stop painting your nails, just make sure you are in a open area so you arent breathing it in.

missdaisie04 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I just had my acrylics backfilled today and now I'm about to paint my toenails! My grandmother smoked, drank, was on a liquid diet so she wouldn't gain too much weight, and did god knows what else while she was pregnant and my mother turned out just fine. The chemicals in beauty products were actually much worse back in the day. Now that we are so 'health concious' most beauty products have less harsh chemicals in them. There are way more important worries than nail polish!

Moseyamuck |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

The day I found out I was pregnant I got a mani/pedi because I was so stressed. Now im stressed that this was a bad decision. OH MY

OurJellybean |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

OPI polishes are safe now. Check for the bottles with green lettering on the bottom labels.. Black lettering is bad.

hicourtneyy |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Nail polish along with many personal use products such as lotions, shampoos, and perfumes contain pthalates. You might also see it abbreviated with a "P" at the end of the acronym, such as DBP. The reason pthalates matter is because they are a gender bender. It has a greater effect on boys than girls in utero. If exposure is significant, then little boys will have underdeveloped genitalia that will remain that will remain so throughout their life. It is a neuroendocrine disruptor. I highly recommend eliminating as many sources of pthalates as possible during pregnancy and this includes all foods and beverages that come out of flexible plastic containers. To find lists of personal products that are pthalate free go to www.nottoopretty.org

cjstanleys |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Avon is another company that has no formaldehyde, toluene or phthalates in their nail polish if you're looking for another alternative.

mamaJWolf |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Yes, lots of women have eaten food drenched in pesticides, used cosmetics containing chemicals, and even smoked cigarettes and still had seemingly healthy babys. But, does this healthy newborn later on develop ADD, get sick easily, have trouble learning etc? There have been studies to show that what we put in and on our body can help prevent illness. We are bombarded with cancer causing chemicals in our food, medicine, and our environment. So I just want to do what I can to ensure that my baby has the healthiest environment to grow in :) No one is perfect, we should all just do the best that we personally can do and feel comfortable with: )

cruzsmommy19 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I honestly can't believe that people are complaining about the "things you can't do" during pregnancy. Wouldn't you want your baby to be as healthy as possible? Sure many babies have been born just fine while their mothers did things our Dr's are telling us not to do, but that doesn't mean that the risks weren't higher because they did them. Let's put it this way, someone can smoke cigarettes all their life and NOT end up with any health problems...HOWEVER, smoking DOES significantly raise the risks of health issues such as cancer. Why take the CHANCE? Same things goes with your pregnancy-why RISK IT?

sayers |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I've been using Milani nail polish from CVS. It says on the back its TFF and DBP free.

LeslieFYoung1016 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Call 800-733-4727 they can help with your exposure questions are a free!

amlw |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I use Jacava nail polish, its free from Formaldehyde, DBP, Camphor and Toluene. Formaldehyde can harm your nails and respiratory system and is found in a variety of shampoos. It is a strong chemical which you avoid at all costs, especially if, like me, you're pregnant. Toluene is also bad for your health. An alternative is used, known as Camphor, but this is just as bad! That's why Jacava nail polish is so fabulous!

anabanner |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Spa Rituals is a vegan brand that works well during pregnancy

denyseharrison |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Unless you have allergic reaction to the chemicals in nail polish then yes, you can wear nail polish when pregnant. Thous I will add natural healthy nails do look beautiful. Andrea - Andreajonesaesthetics

andreajones1 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Inglot brand nail polish is toluene, formaldehyde, DBP, and camphor free. They only have about 7 stores in the US, but you can order online.

Cupcake36 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Piggy Paint is an all-natural nail polish that comes in lots of fun colors. Can be used on mommas and kiddos without worry! Can be purchased from a shop called samozrejme. Check out the fb page - she does shipping.

RobynAnne |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

oh no! I've been painting my nails through my 18 weeks of Pregnancy. Didn't think it would cause harm. Think I will stop just in case :(

penelope2060 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

why take the chance of reduced intelligence of your child or worse birth defects fust for colored nails or hair? even pesticides on food are bad. better safe than sorry.

goldilocksnbears |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

very interesting... well, i was using shellac nail polish when i was pregnant

ginacarano |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

i feel that a woman should always look her best and some times that involves a little bit of work it will make you feel better and stop your husband visiting central london escorts

sera1aaa |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I've been using Zoya products, and they are wonderful! They are long lasting (uh, my toenails have had the same color for 4 weeks without chipping!), and SAFE! I very rarely paint my nails, but when you're pregnant sometimes a little color makes you happy.:)

Zhiby |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I figure if you wouldn't put it (it being anything, product, food....) on your newborn child, you should stay clear while pregnant and breastfeeding. Everything you put on you body is absorbed into your body and into your baby.

mama2ava |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Zoya is an all natural brand of PROFESSIONAL nail care. It does not contain formaldehyde or DBP. I used it exclusively in cosmetology school and is actually less expensive than other brands I have seen. All of their nail products boast the same ingredients (or lack there of...), and are meant to be used as a system. TRY IT!!!

abigailk8806 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I am in the beauty industry and OPI polish is and always has been free of DBP, formaldehyde and toluene. Check with your favorite nail salon that they use OPI polish, or better yet, purchase your own favorite colors so you always have the one you want to use.

MicheleNDarryl |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

You can use it if you can stand the smell... I threw up even without strong smells, so ... Take care and listen to your instincts. It will let you know what is wrong or right. Greetings, Litoral Oferte

viaromania |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

For years upon years, women have been using nail polish while pregnant. If we take all the chemicals in the world out of our bodies during pregnancy, our kids wouldn't make it safely past kindergarten. How are their bodies going to gain an immunity for harmful things if we put them in a bubble. I get my nails done every other week or so, partly because I want to look pretty, but mainly because I love the foot massage for my sore and tired feet. I like spending an hour and a half of alone time while people grovel over me saying how pretty I am while pregnant! This is the time to pamper yourself and not feel guilty! Do it!!!

kelliannep89 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I got LA Colors Color Craze and it's prego safe. :)

JessParker46 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

hey ladies if you are like me.. that can't go out with out having my toes with the latest shade... I found this nail polish brand called" Goldie"( its pretty decent nail polish and it has a variety of colors) that is vegan friendly, Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP Free! You can find it sometimes at Bath and Body Works and i was very excited to find a gift set with like 8 different colors at Marshalls for like a dirt cheap price!!!! So good luck!!! And long live pretty colorful nails!!!!

mdiaz74 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Try NARS nail polish - it is free of the three bad ingredients. As far as body products go, switching to organic, even when not pregnant, is a good idea. There are lots of carcinogens and reproductive-problem-causing ingredients in regular products. Avalon Organics or Jason are great brands.

kiyac |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I also avoid sulfates and parabens. I'm a big time label reader on everything, from what I eat to what I put on my skin/hair. It's ridiculous how much unsafe junk is in products now.

mamasfunnybunnies |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Unfortunately, this is one area that studies in modern medicine conveniently leave out... mainly because they don't want you to start reading labels and taking your business away from their toxic products. You can find a lot of great information simply on the internet. Be vigilant; do your research on foods and body products. If you see an ingredient you're not familiar with on a label, find out as much as you can about it.

kiyac |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

You absolutely do absorb chemicals through your skin, cuticles, scalp and nail beds. I cannot believe how quick women are to dismiss something that is a real concern as us all "just being worry warts". How long have chemical nail polishes been around? It's not like caffeine or alcohol, substances that have been around pretty much since women have been having babies. Look how long it took before they conclusively determined the dangers of THOSE substances! And just because babies are "born normal" doesn't mean there aren't higher instances of all kinds of health problems during childhood and beyond (some of which CAN be linked back to in-utero). No one is saying you should be paranoid about everything, but if someone is showing studies and research showing something is harmful, don't you want to be made aware of that???

trbobtch |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

No. If that were true, My 6 year old would be dead. ROFL. I painted my nails so often when I was pregnant with her. I got acrylics done a few times as well. Because of my small frame I was told to limit movement around 7 months...so I spent A LOT of time painting my nails in bed.

sueforizzle |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

my doctor, who is pretty lenient, said I shouldn't wear nail polish until the second trimester, and that I couldn't dye my (gray) hair until then as well.

JaimeSB |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I am 7 weeks along and have been using the new OPI gel nail polish because I heard it was safe. I panicked the last time I was at the salon because I accidentally got a pretty good wiff of the nail polish remover near my face. We beat ourselves up with every decision we make, it can be so stressful. I think the important thing is moderation, stay away from chemicals, and try not to stress too much. I think we spend more time and energy stressing out and consumed with worry. What I do know is that you can not have acrylic nails on when you deliver because they need a clear nail bed to monitor your oxygen levels. They will take them off for you which, when you are in labor, only adds one more thing to get done. I can't imagine one more thing to stress you out would be a good thing at that particular time. So after my wiff of nail polish remover and the fear and stress and bad dreams as a result, I just don't need to keep up the gel nail habit. My nails will crack, chip and break I am sure but I don't want to find myself wondering in 5 years...was that it? Could that have caused this? I'm scrubbing my fruits & vegetables like crazy, I don't take the train anymore because the fumes and smoke in the tunnels were making me sick, I eat well and have been taking a prenatal vitamin with DHA since before we started ttc. This gift is too precious and I am not willing to take any chances but I also know that I can't hide in a bubble. So I pray that wiff of nail polish remover at 4 wks did nothing except make me nervous. And moving forward, leaving as many chemicals in the dust as I can, the better. But if anyone knows anything specific about the new OPI gel nail polish, I would love some feedback.

sarahjs76 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Avon's nail polish is free of the three chemicals: Formaldehyde, Toluene, & DBP! I would recommend the Pro Nail Enamel..it stays on the best! And there are great colors! You can find those polishes on my site: www.youravon.com/crystalmonahan

cgmonahan |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

If you have questions about exposures during pregnancy, or even while breastfeeding, you can call this great free service. It's called the Texas Pregnancy Riskline and the number is 1-800-733-4727. They will do research on just about anything...including nailpolish!

wisdomswords |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I have taken many classes on Human Growth and Development and they all mention teratogenetic factors. Nail polish is a proven one. It does not mean that 100% your bay is going to have problems but think about it...do you really want to risk it just because your nails will not look cute?

machrysa |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Although the chemicals in certain nail polish are harmful, it did not stop the FDA from allowing them in those products. I have not come across anyone who has a miscarriage or affected baby from using nail polish, but still, it is safer to paint them while in a well ventilated room. Try not to inhale too much of those fumes. William - Baby Stores Sydney

WilliamMcKenzie |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

According to OPI.com "Since 2006, OPI has reformulated its entire line of Nail Lacquers, Nail Treatments, and Nail Hardeners to eliminate DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and Toluene." You can find all the info under the Opi cares tab. Hope this helps you all! It helps me! I refuse to give up beauty for the bump!

prg0303 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

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Maulajutt |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I don't believe it to be any more of an issue than painting your nursery walls. Just make sure that when you paint your nails your in an open space where you are not breathing in the fumes. I think this one is taking it a bit too far. I'm not rushing out and buying specialty/organic nail polish. If it's that big a deal I'll just stop painting them alltogether

elane71 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

As far as I know, Sally Hansen Diamon Strength is ok to use. The problem I see is, the nail polish remover, I do not know if there is any safe to use, since they are super strong chemicals. If you happend to know a nail polish remover that is safe for my baby, I'll realy appreciate it!

patickles |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

Butter London. One of the greatest nail polishes I have ever used. It is 3 free nail lacquer. No formaldehyde. No toluene. No DBP. And no Carcinogens! Perfect. And they have great colors and fun names!

shanay136 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

I've seen lots on both sides of this question. I've decided it's just not worth it, even if the risk is small

SandyMom123 |

Q&A: Can I use nail polish while pregnant?

there are some japanese organic nail salons... a bit pricey but they really do phenomenal work! it's safe and natural... but i loved all my gel designs, soooo awesome.

newbieberri |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

If you're really concerned about the chemicals involved with having your nails done, you should try Jamberry Nail Shields. They are vinyl shields that don't chip like regular nail polish. You heat it up with a blow dryer and it bonds to your nails. They come in a ton of colors and designs. I love them! You can check them out at: http://tammyaub.jamberrynails.net

TAMMYTTH22 |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

Don't paint your nails while you're pregnant because you might absorb formaldehyde into your nail bed. But make sure you inject formaldehyde directly into your body via your flu shot. Same goes for mercury, aluminum, and other neurotoxins. Of all the absurd things . . .

InfiniteSovereign |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

I've had a few questions about nail polish, hair dye, etc. throughout my pregnancy, and I found this great free service that will do legitimate research and answer my questions. It's called the Texas Pregnancy information service and they will answer questions about pretty much anything. The number is 1-800-733-4727. All you have to do is talk to an intern about what you are worried about and they relay the information to a genetic counselor who calls you back with answers! It's Great!

wisdomswords |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

To the lady below on skin/hair and beauty products. A lot of the products we use ever day are quite harmful to our bodies, and yet we do not realize. I started switching to products that have basic and recognizeable indgredients. I did try organic shampoo and conditioner, and I have to say it was the only thing I refuse to go organic over. My hair never lathered, and just didn't feel clean enough. Hope this sheds a little light! -Mm

michellemarcella |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

What about the newer Gel polishes? OPI makes a line but Im having a hard time finding the ingredients.

G_valkyrie |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

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azee1122 |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

Of course I just checked all my nail polishes and while some don't have toluene or formaldehyde (some of the older ones did!), they still had DBP. The only one that was three free was my polish from American Apparel (like I needed another reason to love them). It says in all-caps: DBP, TOLUENE, AND FORMALDEHYDE FREE. Plus it's made in the USA and is not as expensive as other three-free brands.

marissa.and.alex |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

I've been reading through the replies to this, because my sister and I will be going to get a pedi done when she comes to visit (I'm 34 weeks pregnant this coming monday) and I've been wondering if there were restrictions of the kind of polish I'm allowed to us. The info has been extremely helpful! P.S. To all those complaining about the 'what we can and can not do during pregnancy' comments seem a little overdone to me. The reason we have these restrictions is not because of healthy born babies, but rather babies whom were born with defects, still born, or died within the first year of life. We are parents, and it is our responsibility to give our children every advantage we can, even if that means giving up somethings in the mean time. First timers will understand what I mean when you finally meet your baby, because they very literally become the center of your world.

ctorrens87 |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

I also heard that I should stay away from nail polishes that contain toluene and formaldehyde, I know this information from a salesperson from a shop where I bought parfumi. She told me such substances can be found in perfumes too and I should be very careful about this as they can cause hormone-production problems.

amyabel68 |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

Gabriel cosmetics inc has wonderful products safe for us :) http://www.gabrielcosmeticsinc.com/index.cfm/product/120_201/nail-polish.cfm

Natsd88 |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

yes

parutti |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

I believe there is nothing wrong with using nail polisher while pregnant. Shimon Haber explains this matter on his linkedin profile. There are also some very informational articles, critics, reviews etc.

shimonhaber |

Can I Use Nail Polish While Pregnant?

Ella+Mila polishes are 5-free, meaning they don't contain 5 nasty chemicals. Their logo is this adorable white elephant and they launched with this darling mommy&me set. I love their colors and creamy finish. I will definitely be using ella+mila polishes before, during, and after my pregnancy...I already do! Website: www.ellamila.com.

NarehParsanj |

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