Nailpro - June 2017 - 114
"Schedule more short breaks between
clients so you can get up and walk
around," says Greenﬁeld.
Dress for comfort. An outﬁt that's comfortable at the beginning of the day can
turn into a tourniquet by 2 p.m. for someone who's pregnant. Leggings covered by
a stylish tunic, or long, ﬂowing dresses are
Get your eyes checked. Vision can
temporarily change during pregnancy,
making nail work more challenging. "An
optometrist can adjust your prescription,
or it might be that you need to use readers
for a while," says Greenﬁeld.
Ask for help. Women are notoriously
reluctant to request assistance from
others, so Greenﬁeld has a suggestion:
"Be generous about helping the people
around you when you aren't in need,"
she says. "Then you won't feel as uncomfortable asking for it when you need
it." A nail tech in her third trimester might
ask a coworker to trade a pedicure for
a manicure, so as to avoid bending over
her baby bump and straining her back.
Or, she might make special arrangements with her supervisor. "Caring managers and owners will allow a technician
who's experiencing morning sickness to
come in later in the day, then go back
to her regular hours when the problem
passes," says McCormick. "Also, pregnant techs should receive help in lifting
anything heavier than 10 pounds, such
as a foot bath."
Maintain your professionalism. You
might be moodier and more irritable
during pregnancy. However, says
Greenﬁeld, "If you take care of yourself
you won't tend to accelerate your own
stress." Being mindful of how you feel
(and when you need a break) is best for
you and your clients.
Linda Kossoff is a health and beauty writer based
in Los Angeles.
"A nail tech in her third trimester might
ask a coworker to trade a pedicure for a
manicure, so as to avoid bending over her
baby bump and straining her back."