At Some Point in Our Nail Careers, or During a Typical Clients’ Lifespan, One of Us Will be Pregnant.

I know for my two pregnancies, I was terrified of what I should and shouldn’t be around/eat/inhale/look at because I was afraid of inadvertently injuring my unborn daughters.

The internet made me a sort of preggo hypochondriac. I learned quickly to not take advice from unqualified bloggers/local online magazines/Facebook/Pinterest ect. unless they cited WHERE they got their info from before giving out advice.

My husband is in the medical field, so we were ok navigating this information together at the time of my pregnancies. But there are so many people that don’t have that type of connection available to help search for answers, and that’s the main reason for this post. It’s not medical advice, I’ve linked where you can find advice from. This is for products and services that will do a preggo girl right according to trusted, cited sources.

Hopefully this post will help empower you to make your own decisions in either working with products within the industry, or in being a client.

I plan to open a salon that caters to people with medical conditions like skin sensitivities and circulation issues, in addition to having modern societal ethical codes for purchasing goods and services. Pregnant clients can very easily have skin sensitivities and circulation issues while having modern societal ethical codes.

Because of this, it would be relevant to make a list of some products and services that would be appreciated and used by those market target groups that just so happen to also be expectant moms. What ingredients generally cause concerns within mommy-to-be groups, and are they scientifically founded? Which products and services will make an OBGYN or Midwife sigh in relief when they are told their patient uses it as opposed to others? Is all the stuff we’re told to avoid during pregnancy regarding nail services bullshit marketing like most beauty products are?


Let’s Find Out What You Actually Should be Using and Having Done, Shall We?


Here’s the criteria for what I’m going to recommend to use:

  1.  Has to fit the description of products deemed ok to use from a licensed OBGYN or trusted government resources. If an individual professional can be sued and won against for misinformation, they think a LOT harder about putting out there what they think people should/shouldn’t be doing. I’m not trusting a beauty products claim to be ‘safe for use during pregnancy’.
  2. Preferably be made in the U.S.A., because trying to contact and have something addressed by a company with no distributors here is a big problem. If someone gets sick from using a product, good luck trying to sue a manufacturer that’s outside the country.
  3. Be cruelty-free, nut-free,  fragrance-free, and vegan since that’s what this blog is primarily about.


I read about 30 articles posted from various psycho “be scared of everything” type blogs, medical journal findings, beauty industry focused magazines, parenting magazines, and OBGYN FAQ pages. Below is the consensus regarding getting nail services while pregnant and doing nails for work while pregnant.

Just as a heads up, I rolled my eyes A LOT at how much stupid shit there is online to try to scare women into being afraid of doing just about anything they did before they were pregnant. So. Much. Stupid.

Here are the articles that were the easiest to read about this subject that I am using for my ‘what to avoid while pregnant during a nail service’ part of the post:

  • interviewing Karen Boyle, MD. She’s  an assistant professor of urology, obstetrics, and gynecology at Johns Hopkins Hospital (one of the most respected Hospitals in the States)
  • interviewing Connecticut Pregnancy Exposure Information Service and Division of Occupational Medicine at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
  • a OBGYN group where the physicians have all trained in large city hospitals (meaning they’ve seen a lot of people versus a small town hospital), some were chief residents (the boss of all the other resident doctors in their specialty), are board certified (additional optional testing to prove they correctly know what they know every so many years).
  • Lab Muffin is a PhD Chemist blogger that writes about the science behind beauty products so you’ll understand how they work in plain English.

Basically they’ve all said the same things to do when you’re pregnant and getting a nail service with the standard products used, or working around nail products while pregnant:

  1. If the salon smells to you and you’re feeling nauseous or sick, leave.
  2. The main concern they all have is for the fumes from the products, so make sure the salon is well ventilated. NOT a fan to blow the air around, something that sucks the air away and puts it outside. Even then it’s not a problem for you unless it’s making you feel sick. I am sensitive to fumes anyway, so even when I’m not pregnant this is a must. I can’t work in a salon that has acrylic services for this reason.
  3. The products should be contained in metal or glass containers with lids to reduce the fumes.
  4. Your nail beds are composed of 50 layers of dead keratin. The chemicals that those all natural bloggers scream about are not as awful in the amounts in polish as they depict. The chemicals are trace amounts. You would have to drink it or sniff a ton of it for a long period of time for it to affect you. Three toxin free polishes to be uber safe, the rest (4 free, 5 free, banana banana banana free) are meh.
  5. You should be going to a salon that sanitizes (washes), disinfects (kills bacteria via barbicide or cavi-wipes) and sterilizes (using heat and pressure to kill any fungus or blood born illnesses, done with an autoclave) their tools and all disposable tools are thrown away after they are used on you to prevent the possibility of giving you a skin infection. You should be doing that regardless, but whatever.
  6. Hot water is not good for you, so get only warm water manicures/pedicures, or even better, get waterless ones so you get more massage time for your hands and feet!


Now That the Fear Mongering is Dispelled, Let’s Get Into Which Products Tested are Cruelty, Nut, and Fragrance Free; Vegan, and Distributed in the States.

Cruelty, Nut, and Fragrance Free; Vegan, and Distributed in the States that I’ve gotten correspondence from:

  • Polishes: Zoya, Julep, Priti NYC, Pacifica, Trust Fund Beauty
  • Cuticle Oils: Trader Joe’s jojoba oil, Light Elegance
  • Hard gels:  Light Elegance (Can’t list Akzentz because it’s made in Canada)
  • Gel Polishes: Light Elegance (Can’t list Akzentz because it’s made in Canada)


Basically for the polishes look for it to be 3 free and painted on you in a well ventilated area. Hard gels don’t have any of the toxin items listed in traditional polishes because the ingredients in polishes are used to help it air dry, and gel is dried using LED light. Cuticle oils generally are made with sweet almond oil, so if you’re sensitive to it you could bring your own.

It’s a short list, but I haven’t gotten to review a ton of products that fit the criteria. I’ll add to the list in revisions once I jump back on the trial pack wagon again.

Do you have products you loved using while pregnant, or that your clients used while pregnant? I would love to know to test them out for performance. Let me know in the comments!