It is safe to have gel nails while you’re pregnant, so long as you’re careful about having them applied and removed.
Most salons use a gel nail system that’s set by an ultraviolet (UV) lamp.
The main chemicals in UV light-cured gel nails are methacrylate monomers.
Is it safe to use UV light on nails?
About Nail Drying and Curing Lamps—and UV Exposure. Exposure to UV radiation can cause damage to your skin, especially if you’re exposed over time. For example, it can lead to premature wrinkles, age spots, and even skin cancer. But the FDA views nail curing lamps as low risk when used as directed by the label.
Is gel nail polish bad for pregnancy?
None of the chemicals in nail polish, nail polish remover, or a nail salon is harmful to your baby. However not much is known regarding gel manicures so it may be best to avoid those during pregnancy. Ventilation – Pick a salon that is well-ventilated.
Are shellac manicures safe during pregnancy?
While it is generally considered safe to have gel nails on while pregnant, our midwife Sinead wouldn’t recommend it. Gel nails or shellac need to be soaked off and maternity units will only have standard nail varnish remover. So try and stick to plain old good fashioned nail varnish.