Colour your nails pretty! Well, nail paints and nail paint removers carry small amounts of formaldehyde and toluene and acetone – for that colour effect, smooth gliding and easily removing the nail polish. These chemicals in these products are to the tune of 0.2%, so it is very unlikely that they will cause harm to your unborn baby. A weekly change of colour and a manicure will not affect the baby in any way. However, if you are working at a nail art studio, regular exposure may cause nausea to you, since pregnancy does make one smell sensitive. Consider talking about this to your manager and rest assured, expect for some instances of nausea, anything major is unlikely to happen.
You can use the below tips to further reduce your exposure to these chemicals –
Having said that, pregnancy makes one sensitive to many smells, hence you should always be aware of other chemicals and toxic substances like cleaning solvents, lead, mercury, pesticides, and paint. The March of Dimes website reports that we still don’t know the cause of about 70 percent of birth defects.
Go on, dab some colour!