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Pregnancy and Tanning

Whether you are pregnant or not, sun exposure is risky for premature aging and melanoma (skin cancer).  Information in the following paragraphs will help you come up with a plan for tanning in a bed, on the beach, or with the bottle.

In a Bed:  No studies provide key evidence that tanning beds hurt the baby.  However, here are some ways in which tanning beds can harm you. 

Many health care aids suggest not doing activities that could cause high body temperatures, like saunas or tanning beds.  Overheating is linked with spinal deficiencies in the baby.

Some research links UV rays and folic acid loss. Folic acid stops neural tube flaws, like spina bifida, and certainly needed in the first trimester.

While pregnant , your skin is more receptive to burning and chloasma, dark blotches on your face in pregnancy.  Talk to your health care aid about the security of tanning beds while in pregnancy.

On the Beach:  A lot of the worries of beach sun relate to tanning beds.  Pregnancy causes your skin to be more sensitive to the sun, producing hives, heat rash, or aggravated chloasma.  Keep in the shade to stop hives or heat rashes from occurring.

Pregnant or not, similar safety precautions should always be followed in the sun: drink enough water, use SPF 30 type sunscreen or more, and wear hats. If your feeling dizzy, sick, or tired go to an air-maintained spot to stay cool.

Try to cease too many hours in the sun; this could end in burning of the skin.

From a Bottle:  This might be the greatest option if pregnant. Staying clear of UV rays will make your skin healthier and a lower chance of skin cancer, hives, or aggravated chloasma. 

There are many kinds of non-sun tanning lotions, creams, and foams with great outcomes. Many newer selections have hardly any odor with on-the-spot color.

The only worry is if the key ingredient, dihydroxyacetone (DHA)m is able to go through the skin.  Studies do not say it can however, some health care aids agree that women should wait till their first trimester is over to be on the safe side.

DHA has and is used in cosmetics, first in 1960, and no complications have been recorded.  If you have used non-sun tanners, try a bit on the skin first.  Your skin may not agree due to sensitivity and irritation while pregnant.

These are just a few suggestions. There  but if you follow them consistently, you can still enjoy the sun without putting your baby's life in jeopardy. And for a mom to be, isn't that really the most important thing? 

Remember, excessive sun is never healthy for anyone.  And when you're absorbing sun for two, you have to be careful, not just for your own health, but for your newborn's.

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