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Pedicures While Pregnant?

CurlieGlamourGirlieCurlieGlamourGirlie Posts: 1,198Registered Users
I'm in dire need of a pedicure and the last time I tried to give myself one, it was not a pretty sight. I know I'm probably overthinking this, but I was curious. I'm worried more about the reflexology and rubbing that they do. (The places I go to are immaculate)

Any guidelines or things I should/should not do?

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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I got them, and never thought twice about it.
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  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    There are pressure points on the inside of your calf/ankle that are thought to stimulate labor. Just tell them not to massage your legs. Massaging the soles of the feet is fine. I think I just gave myself my last pedicure for a while this week. I was huffing and puffing trying to bend over to paint my nails. :laughing9:
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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    If you want to be totally safe, just ask them to skip the massage part. THe rest of the pedicure should be fine.
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  • velvet pawsvelvet paws Posts: 1,250Registered Users
    I've gotten many pedicures while pregnant (I go every two weeks) and never had a problem. There's a point about three finger widths above the ankle bone on the inner leg that is called spleen 6 - this acupressure point is supposed to bring on labor contractions - avoid that and you're golden. Just rubbing over the area won't do anything, it would have to be a very specific, very intentional touch in that spot. And even then, if you aren't ready to go into labor, I really doubt applying pressure to spleen 6 would do anything. Foot rubs feel nice, especially as our supply of relaxin messes with our ligaments and causes foot pain (at least, on me it does).

    Anyway, don't overthink, relax, and enjoy your pedicure. :)
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  • CurlieGlamourGirlieCurlieGlamourGirlie Posts: 1,198Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    There are pressure points on the inside of your calf/ankle that are thought to stimulate labor. Just tell them not to massage your legs. Massaging the soles of the feet is fine. I think I just gave myself my last pedicure for a while this week. I was huffing and puffing trying to bend over to paint my nails. :laughing9:

    That's where I was a few weeks ago! Perched on the closed toilet and trying to reach my toes!
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Don't sit on the vibrating chair and don't have them massage near your ankles.

  • KaiaKaia Posts: 8,815Registered Users
    Don't sit on the vibrating chair and don't have them massage near your ankles.
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    Gah! What does the chair do? The chair is the best part! :sad5:
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  • cymprenicympreni Posts: 9,609Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    There are pressure points on the inside of your calf/ankle that are thought to stimulate labor. Just tell them not to massage your legs. Massaging the soles of the feet is fine. I think I just gave myself my last pedicure for a while this week. I was huffing and puffing trying to bend over to paint my nails. :laughing9:

    Hmm I didn't know that, I made DH give me leg and foot massages all the time while pregnant. But it wasn't very firm massage, I had some minor swelling, and by the end of the day, my calves and feet were tender, and the soles of my feet felt just bruised. Anything more then the gentlest touch and I probably would have kicked him in the face.
  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Don't sit on the vibrating chair and don't have them massage near your ankles.
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    Gah! What does the chair do? The chair is the best part! :sad5:

    Yeah, I love the chair!

    I recommend keeping up with pedicures the whole 9 months.... it was so awesome to go into labour and head for the hospital knowing no matter what, I had pretty looking toes! A lot of the nurses even commented on them (my toes had butterflies on them.)
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  • PixieCurlPixieCurl Posts: 5,656Registered Users
    I'm getting a pedicure tomorrow! I'm hoping it lasts until the baby comes.

    And I've heard the same thing velvet paws said - just that one pressure point above the ankle bone. Just let them know you're pregnant, and if they're knowledgeable they'll know what to avoid.
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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Don't sit on the vibrating chair and don't have them massage near your ankles.
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    Gah! What does the chair do? The chair is the best part! :sad5:

    I read something about the chair. I think I read it in WTEWYAE. The vibrations aren't good for the fetus, apparently. And neither is the direct heat. But i can't find the reference.

    Somewhat related:

    Q: Are home massages machines dangerous for pregnant women? What about home foot spas?

    A: Using a home massage machine is like getting a massage from a therapist who doesn't care you are pregnant and has no training in pregnancy massage - it is not recommended. The instructions of many home massage machines include not to be used during pregnancy. The same applies to home foot spas, the instructions of many home foot spa include not to be used during pregnancy.



    Q: If home foot spas are a concern, what about having a pedicure?

    A: A pedicure should not include a bubbling foot spa (a foot soak in water is OK, it is the vibration and jets that are a concern). Care should also be used during the foot massage section of a pedicure - a light massage should be alright, but a firmer massage from someone that does not know what areas to avoid on the feet should not be allowed. This is why it is important to see someone with appropriate training.


    Anyway, I have had bubbling, heated foot spa pedicures while pregnant...even as recently as about 3 or 4 weeks ago. But I think from now on I'm going to request the jets be turned off...just me, though...

  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I read something about the chair. I think I read it in WTEWYAE. The vibrations aren't good for the fetus, apparently. And neither is the direct heat. But i can't find the reference.

    I personally took everything in WTEWYAE with a grain of salt. That should be called What to Panic Irrationally About When You are Expecting
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    I used a home foot spa, too.... my feet and ankles got swollen at the end and it helped a little. There were way too many things you weren't supposed to do while pregnant for me to keep track of them all.... I think you have to balance that with what makes you feel good about yourself and not go crazy with stress.
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  • Oregano  (formerly babywavy)Oregano (formerly babywavy) Posts: 5,297Registered Users
    geeky wrote:
    I read something about the chair. I think I read it in WTEWYAE. The vibrations aren't good for the fetus, apparently. And neither is the direct heat. But i can't find the reference.

    I personally took everything in WTEWYAE with a grain of salt. That should be called What to Panic Irrationally About When You are Expecting


    :cat: - ITA. I hated that book. I think by the time I was 4 months pregnant I tossed it. It gave me anxiety!

    I got pedicures the entire time I was pregnant w/ dd1.
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  • AmnerisAmneris Posts: 15,117Registered Users
    geeky wrote:
    I read something about the chair. I think I read it in WTEWYAE. The vibrations aren't good for the fetus, apparently. And neither is the direct heat. But i can't find the reference.

    I personally took everything in WTEWYAE with a grain of salt. That should be called What to Panic Irrationally About When You are Expecting

    Yep yep!
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  • medussamedussa Posts: 12,993Registered Users
    Bailey422 wrote:
    Don't sit on the vibrating chair and don't have them massage near your ankles.
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    Gah! What does the chair do? The chair is the best part! :sad5:

    Toward the end, none of it put me into labor. I sat in the chair and even massaged my own spleen 6 at home, to no avail. :lol:
  • cosmicflycosmicfly Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    geeky wrote:
    I read something about the chair. I think I read it in WTEWYAE. The vibrations aren't good for the fetus, apparently. And neither is the direct heat. But i can't find the reference.

    I personally took everything in WTEWYAE with a grain of salt. That should be called What to Panic Irrationally About When You are Expecting

    Yep. I think it's the only pregnancy book I tossed- it made me anxious.
  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    cosmicfly wrote:
    geeky wrote:
    I read something about the chair. I think I read it in WTEWYAE. The vibrations aren't good for the fetus, apparently. And neither is the direct heat. But i can't find the reference.

    I personally took everything in WTEWYAE with a grain of salt. That should be called What to Panic Irrationally About When You are Expecting

    Yep. I think it's the only pregnancy book I tossed- it made me anxious.

    I am sure if you are a worrier to begin with, it could be very reassuring. Same with What To Expect the First Year, I was wondering how anyone even came up with this stuff to worry about.
    To Trenell, MizKerri and geeky:
    I pray none of you ever has to live in a communist state.

    Geeky is my hero. She's the true badass. The badass who doesn't even need to be a badass. There aren't enough O's in cool to describe her.
  • mad scientistmad scientist Posts: 3,530Registered Users
    I think you can pretty safely go with whatever feels comfortable to you. I found that I had a much lower threshold for pain while pregnant and messing with my cuticles was a total no-go. There was something else too, I can't remember what, that is a normal part of a mani/pedi and it really felt excruciating to me while pregnant.
  • wavezncurlzwavezncurlz Posts: 1,814Registered Users
    toward the end, pedicure was the only relief i had for my flintstone feet. It helped with swelling and discomfort considerably.

    Also, like Amneris said, it was so cool to have cute toes in the delivery room. It was the one thing I could control at that point.
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