It’s tempting to hit the salon for a pretty, long-lasting pick-me-up, but hold it, sister: The compounds in gel formulas are potentially toxic to you and Baby, says Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. Gel polishes won’t seep through the nail itself, but could be absorbed through your nail bed. “And the deal breaker, whether you’re pregnant or not, is the ultraviolet lamp used to set the gel,” Alexiades-Armenakas says—the ultraviolet rays could lead to hyperpigmentation and wrinkles, not to mention cancerous cells, on your hands. To keep yourself and your peanut safe, opt for a regular mani and choose your polish carefully. “Steer clear of colors containing dibutyl phthalate, or DBP, toluene and formaldehyde,” says New York City dermatologist Anne Chapas, M.D. (Chanel, Essie and OPI are free of all three.) When it’s time to dry your digits, opt for a fan with the UV light turned off.
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