Pregnancy definitely has its perks. Your locks get more luscious, your skin starts to get that gorgeous glow, and your cups (i.e. your bra) will runneth over. Another great beauty benefit: your nails will get stronger during pregnancy. So if you’ve had super short nails up until now, it might be time to consider scheduling an appointment for a manicure.
But why do your nails become tougher while you’re pregnant? All those extra hormones coursing through your body can affect everything from your hair to your nails. And in many cases, it works to make them stronger and grow more quickly, reported Kids Health.
That said, some women experience more brittle nails during pregnancy. If you find that your nails aren’t what they used to be, there are some things you can do to improve their appearance. What To Expect recommended eating a well-balanced diet that includes foods such as eggs, mushrooms, bananas, avocados, peas, milk, and whole grains. These foods contain biotin, a B-complex vitamin that can help boost your nail’s hardness and thickness. And biotin can be found in prenatal vitamins, Healthline reported, so read the label to make sure that yours has the correct daily value. All of this can help make your nails stronger during pregnancy.
Whether your nails become more beautiful (or brittle) during your nine months, the fact of the matter is that these changes are temporary. You can expect your nails (and other parts of your physique) to start returning back to normal around 6 months postpartum.