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Pedicures in Pregnancy

Precautions Make It Enjoyable for You, and Safe for Baby
-- By Christie Hadley, Staff Writer

What is it about painted toenails that makes women feel so beautiful? Even on my worst hair days, when my feet are cute, I feel pretty. This is an important concept for pregnant women—especially in those early months (when all you can concentrate on is keeping saltine crackers down), and even in the later months (when the only reason our feet enter our minds is because they hurt so much). But...are pedicures safe during pregnancy?

According to Dawn Bierschwal, owner of Becoming Mom Pregnancy Spa and Imaging Center in Mason, Ohio, they are absolutely safe—as long as you use common sense and take a few precautions.

So what should a mom-to-be watch out for when choosing a spa or salon for her pregnancy pedicure? Start with reflexology.

Reflexology is the art of applying pressure (or strokes) to certain areas of the feet to relieve pain, discomfort, or problems in other parts of the body. Pressure points located in the ankles are connected to the reproductive organs, and one point specifically relates to the uterus. If rubbed in the correct way by a professional, this spot can trigger contractions. But if this is done too early it can bring on preterm labor. Bierschwal advises expectant moms to “go to someone who is trained in what points to avoid.” It is unlikely that an amateur can trigger this response by accident, but to just to be safe, have your own personal masseuse (hubby, mom, best friend, etc.) avoid your ankles when rubbing your feet.

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Member Comments About this Article
"Reflexology can NOT induce labor unless the placenta has already released the required hormones. The rest of this article is simply things that applies to all pedicures whether or not you are pregnant." -- HOMEECONHOWTO
"I had the reflexology done on me to try to induce labor when I was over due. It didn't work. Just had hours of painful rubbing and pressing on the pressure points, and left with bruises instead of contractions. The 3 other ladies that tried this that I know also had the same experience I did. I was very nervous to get any kind of foot/leg massage earlier in the pregnancy, but now I say, Hey, if your hubby/partner wants to give you a foot/leg massage, definitely take them up on it!" -- JENNIFER2759
"the reflexolgoy part of this makes me laugh i was getting a pedicure and the lady got to my ankel and said this is where we stop unless you would like to have this baby now .lol" -- MAMA_MAGZ3
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