Pedicure while pregnant

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  1. StitchesGr8Fan

    StitchesGr8Fan DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2009
    Well, it has happened. My feet have started to expand and all my shoes are too tight. I've got to get new ones. Im going to get something I can slip on, and my ties will probably show, since I want shoes that are as breathable and cool as possible (lovely hot flashes).

    So even though I won't be able to see my toes much longer, I would like to paint my toenails. I'm reading conflicting info on if its safe. So moms, did you paint your nails while you were pregnant? What brand did you use?
  2. mommyrosa2

    mommyrosa2 The best thing about Memories is making them

    Apr 27, 2011
    I so did (both my girls were Summer babies :)) many of our spas/salons actually offer "mommy to be" services. Towards the end my feet were so swollen, that having them massage my feet was wonderful! And I believe they used "Orly" polish
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  4. scooby9932

    scooby9932 I Loves Me Some Disney!

    Apr 3, 2007
    First, CONGRATULATIONS! :banana:

    My daughter is newly (16 weeks) pregnant, and this is one of the countless questions she's asked recently. So, I did some homework & found a website that lists some "safe" nail polishes. Now, I'm not a doctor, so be sure you consult your OB in case your particular pregnancy requires you to be more circumspect.

    Safe Polishes for Pregnancy

    I have had to buy some new shoes recently to accommodate a new AFO & can gladly recommend the Skechers Go Walks! They are super lightweight, comfy, and come in all kinds of colors & sizes up to 4E width. Oh, and did I mention comfy? Because the soles are just dreamy. Check Kohl's - I got mine with a 20% off code & free shipping (they allow you to stack coupon codes).

    Good luck!
  5. SLP958

    SLP958 DIS Veteran

    Dec 14, 2012
    I got one with both my kids. Never had any serious concerns about it.

    Go for it and enjoy!
  6. firecracker725

    firecracker725 DIS Veteran

    Apr 12, 2010
    I'm on my 3rd DD, and I've gotten pedicures with all of them. They have all their fingers and toes, and miraculously, only one head. Right now I'm wearing OPI "A Grape Fit". Actually, OPI is pretty much all I wear.
  7. NHdisneylover

    NHdisneylover DIS Veteran

    Feb 26, 2007
    It never even occurred to me to worry about this. Both of my kids came out fine.
  8. Baliezer

    Baliezer DIS Veteran

    Nov 19, 2012
    I have had pedicure with all four of my children with no problems. Just make sure they don't massage your ankles. Their are pressure points that trigger labor located in the ankles.
  9. ronandannette

    ronandannette I gave myself this tag and I "Like" myself too!

    May 4, 2006
    Is nail polish some newly-discovered pre-natal threat? DS is 16 and this is the first I've ever heard if it...:confused3
  10. Bren's Mom

    Bren's Mom DIS Veteran

    Aug 11, 2006
    I have never heard of polish being an issue. I had regular pedicures while pregnant. However, I'd encourage you to find someplace that is well ventilated because the fumes from the acrylics, etc. can be very harsh in some of these salons.

    Just be sure to tell the pedicurist to be gentle with your swollen ankles/legs. And enjoy! :)
  11. FlyingDumbo

    FlyingDumbo DIS Veteran

    Jan 22, 2011
  12. StitchesGr8Fan

    StitchesGr8Fan DIS Veteran

    Jul 17, 2009
    Thanks all! I'm going to whip out the nail polish tonight and paint my toes! And I told DH we are going on a field trip to DSW in the morning.
  13. aristocatz

    aristocatz DIS Veteran

    Feb 22, 2009
    My girlfriends treated me to lunch & a spa pedicure about a month before my due date. It was HEAVENLY!!! My only regret was not getting it done more often during my pregnancy! I felt like I had a new pair of feet when I was done! It was kind of a high end place & they told me it was perfectly safe (not sure what brand they used).

    I would just make sure you are choosing a place that you can trust is going to be very sanitary in cleaning their tools and stuff.
  14. Sgt Mickey

    Sgt Mickey <font color=red>I will always remember where I was

    Feb 5, 2009
    I had a pedi while pregnant. I didn't know there were issues at the time:confused3 Never had an issue. I like OPI.
  15. Pixie Dust for Me!

    Pixie Dust for Me! Anyone seen tink lately, I'm running a bit low on

    Jun 28, 2007
    My DS is now 15. I got regular pedicures while pregnant...before becoming pregnant...and long after too! In all honesty I never worried about it. I'd imagine that what's in the fish I eat (or insert any other food or drink) is likely as bad or worse for me than a pedicure :confused3.

    My vote is that you should go ahead and just enjoy!
  16. Kae

    Kae DIS Veteran

    Oct 21, 2002
    With DS not only did I get pedicure & manicures, I also did them I worked in a salon. Plus I colored peoples hair & my own. I also was lucky to get weekly massages.

  17. Janepod

    Janepod <font color=royalblue>The new dinning plan is out.

    Sep 21, 2010
    The (unfounded) fear of pedicures while pregnant is that foot massages can trigger labor.

    Nail polish, not an issue. Haven't you seen pregnant nail techs working? They have a lot more to worry about (longterm exposure to fumes and products) than someone receiving an hour-long monthly pedicure.
  18. BadgerGirl84

    BadgerGirl84 I used to have a tag...

    Nov 8, 2007
    Glad you decided to take the plunge and paint your toes!

    We are due at right around the same time, btw. :)

    I gave myself a Shellac manicure at home the past couple weeks and didn't really think anything of it. It's getting to be sandal season here in Wisconsin (well, sort of...highs in the 40s today!) so I think I might go get a pedicure. I'm going to skip the foot/ankle massage and I'm going to go to a place that I trust (very clean, uses sterilized equipment, well ventilated) where the pedicure chairs are aways away from the manicure tables with the fake nails.

    I haven't grown out of my shoes, but I wear very forgiving shoes. I wear Crocs flats to work and around town and I wear sneakers to the gym. I had to wear pointy toe heels for a wedding I was in last weekend and I wanted to scream!!!
  19. cheer25mom

    cheer25mom DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2013
    I had pedicures and acrylics the entire time I was pregnant. No problems, and it would never occur to me to worry about it. It seems like they are findnig more and more things that will "kill your baby!!!!" if you do them. Persnoally, I think it is all a load or bull for the most part. Use common sense and you will be fine!!
  20. jrmasm

    jrmasm Last time I checked, it was still

    May 20, 2000
    Just got back from taking DD to get nails for prom. A very pregnant woman was there getting a mani/pedi. I say enjoy any pampering you can get!
  21. scoutie

    scoutie DIS Veteran

    Mar 31, 2012
    I remember being concerned about this too. The reasons vary--the fumes can affect some women, some are worried about leeching chemicals, and others are worried that the massage can trigger pressure points and induce labor.

    My OB said that she's done research and that pedicures are very safe. Make sure you are in a venilated area, and the pressure points will only trigger labor if you're ready to GO into labor.

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