Sun Tanning And Pregnancy: Are They Compatible?

We love flaunting our sun kissed skin in summers and with an abundance of sunlight, who wouldn’t want to show off that amazing sun tan while wearing bikinis and denim shorts in summers? But getting a sun tan in pregnancy might not be as easy as you thought it would and taking precautions for every new thing that you don in pregnancy is a must. Exposing your skin to the harsh rays of the sun always increases of chances of aging prematurely and might as well create a possibility of developing skin cancer. So what are the risks that you might put you and your baby at while getting a sun tan in pregnancy?

  • The UV rays in the sun might lead to a deficiency in folic acid. Folic acid is useful to prevent birth defects like spina bifida.
  • The sensitivity of your skin is heightened in pregnancy and is more prone to getting blotchy or acne breakouts. Hence, before any kind of treatment, please make sure you are keeping your doctor informed about it.

What Are The Ways Of Getting A Sun Tan In Pregnancy?

  • Tanning Bed

Tanning beds are otherwise considered safe for you and your baby since there has been no proven evidence against the usage of these beds in pregnancy. However, all tanning beds tend to have raised temperatures and it is not safe to expose your developing foetus to high temperatures because there are potential side-effects like spinal malformations in the baby.

  • Beach Tanning

Beach tanning may expose your sensitive skin to the sun’s UV rays and increase your chances of getting sun burnt, heat rash and pimple breakouts. Moreover, the amount of exposure that is required to get a tan may not be too comfortable for you in pregnancy because you generally feel hotter while expecting. The high temperature and humidity on the beach may make you feel lightheaded and sick so if you really want a tan badly, it is recommended to keep yourself hydrated while on the beach, use a sunscreen of SPF 30 and more and take along a family member or friend so that if you feel sick, you can be attended to.

  • Tanning Lotions And Creams

Since this method neither involves raised temperatures nor unfavourable weather conditions, it is one of the most preferred ways of getting a tan in pregnancy. There are a number of tanning lotions and creams available but you will always need to do a patch test to rule out allergies.

The only thing that concerns doctors is the presence of DHA1 in these lotions that has the ability to penetrate skin. Dermatologists recommend women to wait till the first trimester to get over to try this method so that there is no risk factor involved.

Taking proper precautions and referring to your doctor before and after any kind of chemical treatment in pregnancy is a must and also helps keep the procedure safe for you and your growing foetus. You need not let go of your love for that perfectly bronzed skin just because you are pregnant!

Reference:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dihydroxyacetone