ob/gyn

Is it safe to polish your nails and color your hair when pregnant?

When you’re pregnant, you probably have many questions. You don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the safety of your baby but you still want to look nice and feel pampered.

At Signature Medical Group, our OB/GYNs are here for you. We’ll answer any questions you may have during this exciting time in your life. And we’ll give you the expert care you deserve.

Many women wonder if it’s safe to color their hair or wear nail polish during pregnancy. The answers to both, most health experts say, are yes.

According to minispavt.com: “The two ingredients in hair color that have raised concerns are ammonia and PPD (p-Phenylenediamine). However, only trace amounts of these chemicals are actually absorbed into your system and the limited amount of evidence that’s available suggests that it’s safe to color your hair during pregnancy. Not convinced? Have your hair stylist switch to an ammonia-free color or opt for highlights or lowlights because the color/lightener has very little if any contact with your scalp.’’

Minispavt.com continues: “When thinking of nail polish and chemicals, especially during pregnancy, three ingredients ring a warning bell: Formaldehyde, DBP (dibutyl phthalate), and toluene. To avoid these, many women switch to natural polish but are very disappointed with its longevity. Good news…there’s no need to make the switch! All three ingredients have been removed from most high-end nail polish lines, including OPI, making them perfectly safe to use in a well ventilated area.’’

More questions? Don’t hesitate to make an appointment with your Signature OB/GYN.