If you are an expecting mother, or plan to be, you might be researching all about protecting yourself while you’re carrying your baby. One common pregnancy concern, and misconception, has to do with tanning. Moms want to know if sun tanning, whether natural or sunless, is harmful to their unborn child. This is an understandable inquiry, and a common one among moms-to-be. After all, a mother can never be too sure. So if you are a lover of sun and also expecting, continue reading to brush up on the real facts surrounding pregnancy and tanning.
Pregnancy and Sun Tanning
Here’s the facts: tanning while pregnant is just as safe as being out in the natural sun. Ultraviolet light, the source that makes our skin tan, is not strong enough to reach inside a mother’s womb. This is true for tanning beds, tanning booths, and natural sun bathing.
Normally, there is no serious or immediate risk to an unborn fetus in terms of UV tanning, however, there are rare exceptions depending on manufacturer malfunctions, medical conditions, excessive tanning, medication use, and more. In most cases, the only outcome from tanning while pregnant is a tan mommy-to-be!
Tips for Tanning Pregnant
When you are pregnant, there are some tips that might make tanning easier and safer for you. All women are different, and show and grow at different rates. So depending on fast your tummy grows, you may or may not be able to tan in your regular bed. In early trimesters of pregnancy, a mother can still tan comfortably and safely in a lay-down bed. But once a mommy’s well beyond the second trimester, a lay down tanning bed is not the best option. This is because laying down in a tanning bed tends to raise body heat and restrict blood flow. Instead, expectant mothers should use stand-up tanning booths. This will provide more comfort, mobility, and safety.