Shellac in hospital

(49 Posts)
Stargazer87 Wed 02-Sep-20 17:03:19

Random question but I heard somewhere that you can't have shellac on your nails when you go into hospital to give birth? Is that true??

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October2020 Wed 02-Sep-20 17:05:42

Yes - the monitors can't read through it. Ideally no nail polish on fingers or toes.

bellsbuss Wed 02-Sep-20 17:06:58

I had fingers and toes done 3 days before giving birth and nothing was says to me.

bellsbuss Wed 02-Sep-20 17:07:09


Yankathebear Wed 02-Sep-20 17:08:29

It can interfere with the oximetre.

Stargazer87 Wed 02-Sep-20 17:15:10

I've had a bit of a search online and there's lots of mixed messages, some say it's absolutely fine, others say the machines can't read through dark colours? Others say avoid altogether?

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Yankathebear Wed 02-Sep-20 17:38:19

They can read through it but it does effect the reading. The oximeter can be placed elsewhere but again it’s not as accurate.


Cheesecakejar Wed 02-Sep-20 17:39:47

I think if it was an issue then the midwife would specifically tell you not to have shellac on. I never got told anything like this or even knew anything about it until this thread!

IHaveBrilloHair Wed 02-Sep-20 17:41:40

Some of the monitors can't read through nail varnish.
I'm not pregnant, but in and out of hospital a lot and if I suspect a stay is iminent I always take off my nail varnish.

minnieok Wed 02-Sep-20 17:49:42

They don't really like you to have nail colour on because (natural) nail colour are a good indicator of oxygen levels etc. Of course now there's technology to do this but many midwives will prefer bare nails. I was told no varnish 20 years ago, there was not a trend for shellac or extensions then

RAINSh0wers Wed 02-Sep-20 17:52:07

I had shellac on for both my deliveries and it wasn’t a problem. I think the midwives would make more of a point of telling you not to get it done if it was a real issue.

PineappleUpsideDownCake Wed 02-Sep-20 17:53:34

Id take it off.

WhyIsItSoHardToPickAUsername Wed 02-Sep-20 17:54:22

I had it on both fingers and toes (as I always do) when I had ds. No one mentioned it except the midwife complimenting it. I had a rotational forceps delivery in theatre.
I also had it on when I had emergency surgery a couple of years ago, again no one mentioned it.

AintOverUntilTheCatLadySings Wed 02-Sep-20 17:56:07

I was told specifically not to have shellac for birth and for a d&c. So I think it's best to ask your trust.

Stargazer87 Wed 02-Sep-20 18:10:33

A few of you have made a good point that if it was an issue you'd be told about it in advance...

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Zelda93 Wed 02-Sep-20 18:12:03

My sister is a senior midwife and I checked with her and she told me no nail polish ..

Reader1984 Wed 02-Sep-20 18:12:24

I had acrylics and no one said anything to me. It was never mentioned beforehand by midwives either.

BilboBercow Wed 02-Sep-20 18:15:43

I had to be taken in early and still had a shellac on and had to pick it off op. Honestly avoid.

Turtleturtle81 Wed 02-Sep-20 18:25:57

The last time I was in hospital I was told to take my nail varnish off. This was for a d&c though.

nandaandm Wed 02-Sep-20 18:50:59

I had acrylics and nothing was mentioned. I thought that was if you were having a CSection.... I may have just made that up ! 😊

Prelockdownbaby Wed 02-Sep-20 18:52:21

I was told I could have gel/shellac on either hands or toes but not both so they'd have somewhere for oximeter if needed

Prelockdownbaby Wed 02-Sep-20 18:52:54

But I won't have any this time round in case

Needingsupportplease Wed 02-Sep-20 18:56:51

I went in to be induced on a Monday and was in for 11 days ended up having an emcs, nothing was said to me and I had gel on my nails and lots of monitoring..

Stargazer87 Wed 02-Sep-20 21:21:31

I'm still none the wiser, seems to be a mix of opinions 🤷🏻‍♀️

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April1990 Wed 02-Sep-20 22:19:25

I gave birth to my beautiful baby girl 23/08 via emergency c section and had gel nails and toes! Nothing said to me and I had heart rate monitor on my finger throughout labour 🤷🏼‍♀️

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