I'm 7 WEEKS pregnant and I painted my nails (to myself, no salon) yesterday (first and last time) in a non ventilated area. I'm afraid for my baby. Will something happen?

Steph - posted on 01/16/2014 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Im so afraid to affect my baby's health because of mistakes like this :(:(

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Chet - posted on 01/16/2014

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No. Firstly, the fumes are very unlikely to be a real issue. Not many things are confirmed to be harmful to unborn babies. For the most part, people just tell pregnant women to avoid as much as possible as a precaution because there is so much we don't know about pregnancy. Secondly though, the placenta isn't fully formed and operational yet. In the early part of pregnancy your baby is more buffered what you consume than later on.

The vast majority of miscarriages and birth defects are the result of genetics or a complicated combination of factors. If anything does happen it was very unlikely that painting your nails caused it.

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