Can a pregnant woman get a manicure and pedicure

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With pregnancy comes a laundry list of questions. But among the wonderings of “Can I” and “Should I,” one question expecting mothers don’t have to worry about is whether they can get a manicure or pedicure.

Yes, if you’re someone who loves the feeling of freshly manicured nails or pedicured feet, there should be no reason you can’t get the treatment you want. And pregnancy can be a grueling nine months – be it physically, mentally or emotionally – so it can’t be understated the positive effect a little bit of self care can have in dealing with those issues. 

It is important to note there’s not a wealth of research on the subject, many experts agree it’s safe with a few risks to watch out for and precautions to take:

Risks and Precautions

The first and most important is to make sure there’s adequate ventilation inside the salon. You’ll want to limit your exposure to the strong chemicals used around manicures and pedicures, so if you start to feel sick, that’s a sign you should get some fresh air away from the fumes inside.

You might also keep a close eye on products used off your nails. Skin becomes more sensitive during pregnancy so contact with some products could present a problem for the mother, but it’s unlikely to be a risk to your baby. 

Manicure massages are a tricky area. According to Shivani Patel, a doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, it’s important to have a manicurist avoid pressure points that trigger labor such as the web between thumb and pointer finger.

You also want to watch out for any infections, bacterial, fungal or viral. Some common examples include redness or swelling around the fingernail, athletes foot or other nail funguses as well as warts. The cause of each of these conditions comes back to improperly cleaned tools or a manicurist or pedicurist not properly washing their hands. 

This is not only a concern someone who’s pregnant should have, but anyone receiving a hand or feet treatment. Observing the salon, making sure the person administering the treatment has proper licensing and asking questions is the best way to make sure your trip is rid of any anxieties and open to complete relaxation. 


Most of the benefits in getting a manicure or pedicure while pregnant are superficial, albeit, but taking time for yourself and engaging in a relaxing activity can carry many positive impacts. From doing a little something for yourself to the psychological effects of letting go of your thoughts for even 30 minutes, there are many ways a manicure or pedicure can help along the long journey that is pregnancy.

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