Cardi B has nailed the new mom mani — here’s what mothers should know

To know Cardi B is to know her unfettered enthusiasm for nail art — the more textured and tapered the talon, the better.

Unfortunately, those sharp edges aren’t terribly practical when you’re handling a baby. Since welcoming daughter Kulture Kiari Cephus with husband Offset on July 10, the first-time mom has had to undergo a mama manicure. She shared the beauty update with her fans on Tuesday.

Sure enough, the rapper’s latest social media posts show her nails looking just as lengthy, but without elaborate embellishments or sharp, pointy edges.

The “Bodak Yellow” performer can’t say she wasn’t warned. Just two days before giving birth she paid tribute to Puerto Rican singer-rapper Ivy Queen’s own over-the-top nails, and admitted that she was concerned about “how I’m going to manage after my baby comes.”

Now we know. Though Cardi B’s longtime manicurist, Jenny Bui, told Refinery29 that “nothing is changing” about the star’s 2-inch acrylics, it seems some sort of overhaul was in order. But it may take more than a square tip to appease medical experts.

Why? As the BBC reports, multiple studies have concluded that fingernails harbor bacteria, with long artificial nails containing more bacteria than natural nails. Wearing nail polish on short, natural nails — so long as the polish is no more than a few days old — was deemed more hygienic.

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The Infectious Disease Society of America also found that nails — both natural and artificial —that extend more than 3mm past the finger tip contain more dangerous bacteria and yeast than short nails, and could spread infections. The 2001 study was linked to a deadly outbreak in a neonatal intensive care unit.

As such, Cardi B may want to consider giving her nails the chop — and using a sterile nose bulb to tackle those baby boogers, which would otherwise be exposed to bacteria. Polish, which typically contains harsh chemicals, can also raise issues if the child sucks on a manicured nail; non-toxic options might offer some peace of mind.

She’s not the only celebrity mom whose nails have sparked concern. Kylie Jenner, who gave birth to daughter Stormi in February, was criticized for keeping her own nails long — though most of the worry was linked to fears that she might accidentally scratch her baby.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cardi B attends 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & the Catholic Imagination', the 2018 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Cardi B attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/WireImage)
WASHINGTON, DC - April 28th, 2018 - A pregnant Cardi B performs at the Broccoli City Festival at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. She recently announced that due to her pregnancy she was cancelling her remaining tour dates until her fall tour with Bruno Mars. (Photo by Kyle Gustafson / For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
PREMIOS BILLBOARD DE LA M�ICA LATINA 2018 -- Pictured: Cardi B backstage at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on April 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: John Parra/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PREMIOS BILLBOARD DE LA M�ICA LATINA 2018 -- Pictured: (l-r) Cardi B, Offset backstage at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, NV on April 26, 2018 -- (Photo by: John Parra/Telemundo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AMHERST, MA - APRIL 25: Cardi B performs at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Mass. on April 25, 2018. UMass Amherst students won a Tinder swipe-off competition and received a free Cardi B concert on campus. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 24: Cardi B is seen on April 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 22, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 22: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 22, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Coachella)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Coachella)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cardi B attends CARDI B 'Gold Album' Release Party at Moxy Hotel on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cardi B seen in Manhattan on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: Cardi B visits Music Choice at Music Choice on April 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0846 -- Pictured: Co-Host Cardi B on April 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1742 'Chadwick Boseman' -- Pictured: Musical Guest Cardi B Performs 'Be Careful' in Studio 8H on Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1742 'Chadwick Boseman' -- Pictured: Musical Guest Cardi B Performs a Medley in Studio 8H on Saturday, April 7, 2018 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 7: Cardi B performs at E11EVEN MIAMI on April 7, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for E11EVEN MIAMI)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 7: Cardi B performs at E11EVEN MIAMI on April 7, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for E11EVEN MIAMI)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Recording artist Cardi B attends her Silent Listening Party on April 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Cardi B accepts Best New Artist onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Cardi B performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Cardi B (L) and Offset of Migos attend the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Cardi B attends GQ's 2018 All-Stars Celebration at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles on February 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Cardi B attends Romeo Santos In Concert at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Cardi B attends the Marc Jacobs Fall 2018 Show at Park Avenue Armory on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 11: Recording artists Offset of the group Migos and Cardi B pose backstage for Prabal Gurung during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery I at Spring Studios on February 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Hip-hop artist Cardi B is seen leaving the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Grand Lodge on February 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 10: Rapper Cardi B attends the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Grand Lodge on February 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 03: Rapper Cardi B attends the 2018 Maxim Party co-sponsored by blu February 3, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for blu)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Cardi B arrives at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Recording artist Cardi B poses backstage at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for NARAS)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 27: Cardi B arrives at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy Pre-GRAMMY Gala on January 27, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Granitz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Cardi B attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Party in association with V Magazine on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Cardi B attends Calibash Los Angeles 2018 at Staples Center on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for SBS)
TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 09: Hip hop artist Cardi B attends the 2017 iHeartRadio Canada Jingle Ball at the Air Canada Centre on December 9, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by GP Images/Getty Images)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 07: Cardi B at Eden Roc Hotel on December 7, 2017 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/WireImage)
LEEDS, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: Cardi B attends the MOBO Awards at First Direct Arena Leeds on November 29, 2017 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Anthony Devlin/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 22: Cardi B arrives at E11EVEN on November 22, 2017 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for E11EVEN)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cardi B attends BACARDI presents Dress To Be Free with performances by Cardi B and Les Twins at House of Yes on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Cardi B performs at the Dress To Be Free Halloween Party at House Of Yes on October 30, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Cardi B attends the 3rd Annual Diamond Ball at Cipriani Wall Street on September 14, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Rapper Cardi B is seen leaving the Blonds fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends the Nylon REBEL Fashion Party at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Cardi B attends NYLON's Rebel Fashion Party, powered by Land Rover, at Gramercy Terrace at Gramercy Park Hotel on September 12, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Rappers Offset and Cardi B are seen leaving the Helmut Lang Seen By Shayne Oliver fashion show during New York Fashion Week on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Cardi B seen at a music studio in Manhattan on September 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Rapper Cardi B attends the Fenty Puma by Rihanna show during New York Fashion Week at the 69th Regiment Armory on September 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Danielle Brooks, Cardi B and Leslie Jones pose backstage for the Christian Siriano fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Pier 59 on September 9, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Rapper Cardi B at 2017 LudaDay Celebrity Basketball Game at Morehouse College - Forbes Arena on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 03: Cardi B attends Luda birthday celebration at Compound on September 3, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Rapper Cardi B performs onstage during the 2017 Budweiser Made in America festival - Day 1 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway on September 2, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Anheuser-Busch)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - AUGUST 30: G-Eazy surprises fans at Blue Nile on August 30, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana, with an intimate performance of his new album, joined by musical friend Cardi B. (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Bud Light)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B arrives at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 27: Cardi B performs during the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Recording artist Cardi B arrives on T-Mobile's magenta carpet duirng the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party for Mayweather vs. McGregor at T-Mobile Arena on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Showtime)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Cardi B performs during the BIG3 three on three basketball league championship game on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/BIG3/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - AUGUST 25: Cardi B poses backstage during rehearsals for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 25, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for MTV)
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