Sunbathing is not harmful, but during pregnancy, it could be. It is not dangerous because we get Vitamin D from the sunlight, but the risks of too much exposure is the problem.
Some risks of sunbathing during pregnancy
Aside from the risks of sunbathing such as skin cancer and sunburn, there are other risks during pregnancy.
A pregnant woman’s temperature can increase when she is exposed to the sun. This can cause dehydration and preterm labor. It also increases the fetus’s temperature and can cause brain damage.
Also, estrogen and other hormones increase chloasma risk when the expectant mother is exposed to the UV rays of the sun. These dark spots may not disappear after pregnancy.
The last risk is sunburn, which increases the risk of developing melanoma.
Should you use artificial tanning methods?
Although tanning beds reduce the risk of overexposure, it could still cause skin problems and other disorders. The UV rays increase the aging rate of the skin, and this also increases skin cancer risks.
Precautions to take while going out:
- Don’t go out during midday
- Wear loose-fitting clothes on your body
- Use sunglasses and large hats to cover your face
- Only use pregnancy approved sunscreens.
- Talk to your doctor about the possibility of supplementing Vitamin D.