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Q&A: Fingernail Problems During Pregnancy?

My nails are growing like crazy but they’re also dry and brittle. Any advice?

Almost every part of your body changes during pregnancy, nails included. Thanks to increases in blood pressure and hormone levels, you may find them growing faster and longer than normal. The bad news is, can result in thin, weak nails that crack and peel. Our suggestion: Use this as an opportunity to pamper, pamper, pamper! Pay a visit to the salon and enjoy having those swollen feetbuffed and shined. Make sure the salon is well-ventilated to avoid fumes (pregnant women are extra-sensitive). Apply lotion to your hands and cuticles liberally, and avoid moisture-sucking polish removers. Cut nails short and rounded, and keep an emery board handy to deal with broken and split tips. Gelatin capsules and prenatal vitamins containing the B-complex vitamin biotin, both safe during pregnancy, have also been shown to improve nail strength.

By Paula Kashtan