Teen Pregnancy/Is it safe?


Is it safe to paint your nails once in a while during your second trimester (I'm 6 months)? If neither of the toxic fumes are in it, is it ok? Like let's say once, maybe twice a month but no more than that? I don't want to endanger my son since I'm only 17!

Hi H,

That's a really good question and it looks like people are undecided on the issue. As you mentioned, the consensus is that fumes are a concern, so ventilation is key (that means no salons). While there is almost no evidence that nail polish has caused poor birth outcomes, some common ingredients in nail polish (DBP, toluene and formaldehyde) are known to be dangerous in-and-of-themselves and people are undecided about whether nail polish contains those chemicals in levels high enough to be harmful. The recommendation that I've seen is, if you want to paint your nails, look for brands that are "3 free" (made without those three ingredients I mentioned)and paint minimal coats in a well ventilated room.

For a list of good vs bad brands, here's a link courtesy of the bump: http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/first-trimester/qa/can-i-use-nail-polish-w

Good luck,


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I can answer questions pertaining to pregnancy symptoms, likelihood of being pregnant, pregnancy prevention, your options once you discover you are pregnant, how to talk to parents, how to talk to partners, prenatal concerns, and emergency contraception.


I have a degree in Psychology and am working towards my Masters of Public Health. Both of these fields require an understanding of adolescent development, health behavior and health education. I am invested deeply in ensuring that teens have access to practical, fact-based information. To provide this I stay current by reviewing peer-reviewed literature, health trends and statistics, and the work of activists in the field of pregnancy, sex education, mental health and general well being.

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