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Is Nail Polish Safe During Pregnancy? How to Find a Phylate-Free Nail Polish.

You have to avoid all sorts of stuff during pregnancy. Giving up sushi, wine, soft cheeses (brie and blue cheese) was tough…but doable. I’d ditched the hair dye and cut myself down to one cup of tea a day. I’d even resigned myself to a stuffy nose since I can’t take my regular Zyrtec-D anymore.

One of my friends recently told me that nail polish isn’t safe during pregnancy. None of the seven pregnancy books I’ve read mentioned that! Sigh! I really don’t want to give up having pretty toes and hands, so I set out to determine if there was any factual basis to the “nail polish causes birth defects” assertion.

I found an article in the CNN archives on the topic. Back in 2000, one environmental group claimed there was a connection between the phylates in nail polish and birth defects. The FDA didn’t reach the same conclusion, but the uproar still led to a lot of bad press for the cosmetics industry.

Naturally, the cosmetics industry press releases and sources stated that nail polish is safe. On the other hand, a whole bunch of sites promoting “organic” living argued it wasn’t. I wanted an even-handed summary of the “is nail polish safe during pregnancy” issue, and I ultimately found it at Babble. You can read the various arguments (2 pro, 1 neutral, 2 con) and draw your own conclusion.

My personal conclusion was that nail polish is probably not that much of a risk. However, just to safe, I’ve decided to opt for a phylate-free nail polish for the duration of my pregnancy.

I did some research and found a brand that is Toluene, Formaldehyde and DBP (aka phylate) free. Rescue Beauty Lounge Nail Polish comes in tons of pretty colors, looks great, and is completely safe. The $18 price is more than I’d usually pay for nail polish, but I think it’s worth it for my peace of mind over the next few months.

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20 Responses to "Is Nail Polish Safe During Pregnancy? How to Find a Phylate-Free Nail Polish."

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I suppose if you put regular polish on your nails and it got into a cut in your skin, maybe it could be dangerous? I don’t know, that seems like a stretch. And $18 for a bottle of nail polish? Isn’t that what Chanel charges? It’s a pretty color, too!

  2. Mama Luxe says:

    I think it is more of a risk of inhaling the chemicals?

    When I was pregnant, I avoided pro mani pedis because I was concerned about the risk of infection. I did occasionally polish my nails on my own though, and thought nothing of it.

    This is good to know, though. I could buy one or two bottles and it would probably last me the entire pregnancy…and although it is a little pricey for nail polish, it goes a long way. I might just do that next time!

  3. Nell says:

    Your nails aren’t made of teflon, you know– they absorb things too! that’s why it’s important to use DBP/toluene/formaldehyde free products during pregnancy. I kno this article is over a year old, but it comes up high on google. Zoya also makes nice safe nail polish, and for treatments there’s Nail Aid– strengtheners, top coats, etc., all toxin-and cruelty free.

  4. Shell says:

    Products safe for every man, woman, and child on the planet and a great business opportunity too! See for the triple threat of nail polish. We have signed a compact for safe cosmetics, a BBB business, and member of DSA. We also support cancer, fibromyalgia, Big Brothers, and Big Sisters organizations.
    Have a Green Day!

  5. People should be more cautious when using hair dye because some chemicals used in the dyeing process are cancerous.,;.

  6. I don’t wear any nail polish during my pregnancy. I ate organic, exercised, and hardly wore makeup even. Now, I know that’s a rare case, but when my sister had complications with her pregnancy, I wanted to make sure I did everything I could to make sure my daughter was as healthy as possible.

  7. pregancy is quite critical and also requires more of your time so that you can monitor your health progress *,*

  8. I found this extremly interesting. Like you say so much has to be given up during pregnancy, but i would assume that nail polish should be safe. But hey, know one really know

  9. Natalie says:

    Thanks for the info, I was wondering about this. Cool site :-)

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  11. Julie Jones says:

    Nice article Mamanista.
    As with all chemicals, when thinking of your unborn child, we must think before we act.
    when I have both of my daughters, I did not wear nail polish. I only wore eye makeup made from organic products.

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