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Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Is it bad to lay out (beach, pool) when you're pregnant I know that pregnant women burn easier, so I'll definitely be religious about the sun block, but I just wondered if it's OK to be out in the heat for long-ish periods of time. I'm supposed to go on a beach trip with some girlfriends (haven't told them the news yet) and I'm wondering if it's better to bail. Of course, if I'm being too paranoid, tell me! --nylagirl

Re: Is it bad to lay out (beach, pool) when you're pregnant I know that pregnant women burn easier, so I'll definitely be religious about the sun block, but I just wondered if it's OK to be out in the heat for long-ish periods of time. I'm supposed to go on a beach trip with some girlfriends (haven't told them the news yet) and I'm wondering if it's better to bail. Of course, if I'm being too paranoid, tell me! --nylagirl

The Bump Expert

Throughout pregnancy it is important to avoid overheating and dehydration. Pregnant or not it's crucial to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays.

But you don't need to hibernate inside throughout your pregnancy. Go ahead and enjoy the outdoors while heeding a few precautions. Whether you are lying out in the sun or outdoors exercising it is important to avoid becoming overheated and dehydrated. So, I would recommend avoiding being out in the heat for extended periods of time during the hottest part of the day. Try to enjoy outdoor activities and exercise in the morning and evening as much as possible. While you are out in the heat, sun or no sun, be sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. And of course you are right to use plenty of sun block, at least SPF 45, reapplying every few hours and after swimming or towel drying.

So, this trip may not be the best type of vacation for you right now if you are planning to spend most of the time out in the sun during the peak hours of the day, but you may be able to enjoy it if you are able to stay shaded with a cabana or a beach umbrella and able to drink enough water to stay hydrated. If you are not ready to share your news yet, you can simply tell your friends that you are serious about preserving your beautiful skin from sun exposure.

Denise Gershwin, CNM

re: Q: Pregnant Tanning?

i think you are being a little paranoid i went to the beach when i was 8 months pregnant and i felt fine just get up and cool off in the ocean when you feel your getting too hot and drink alot of water and wear lots of sun block and you will be fine.. Enjoy the vacation while you can, soon you won't be able too for a long time..

JulieClaire1982 |

re: Q: Is the beach okay while PG?

So beings that the whole "in the sun" issue is the overheating factor . . .what about tanning beds?

C.C.Love |

re: Q: Is the beach okay while PG?

I'm also wondering about tanning beds. I know they have come a long way since they first came out & are safe for normal people, but I certainly don't want a deformed baby.

jpowell3 |

Sunless Tanning

Is sunless tanning ok during the 1st trimester? I went like 2 weeks ago before I knew I was even pregnant. I just found out and I like the sun tan glow....can I still go? or use Sunless tanning lotins

belladesi102 |

re: Q: Is the beach okay while PG?

Anyone heard about tanning yet? Is it ok to go for shart periods of time to avoid overheating?

JillAdeline |

re: Q: Is the beach okay while PG?

I'm also hoping someone has any insight to tanning beds, other than the obvious harms of sun exposure. I'm just wondering if there is anything else about the beds that may be particularly harmful to a fetus since I do like to use them, especially during winter months.

cathiris |

re: Q: Is the beach okay while PG?

my midwife told me it was ok to go to tanning beds. she said just dont stay longer than 15 mins. if you feel yourself getting to hot then decrease the time you lay

lizabeth_rose01 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I work at a tanning salon, and this is what i have been told: pregnant people are allowed to tan, just as long as your basal body temperature does not go over 100 (i think) that you're fine. (Correct me if im wrong) Of course doctors are going to tell you not to go, but thats because they are nuts about not tanning. Who doesn't love a little tan though. You can also do the spray tan..they work great, and the only time someone gets the "orange" effect, is if they go too dark. :)

sarahjudy2007 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I also work at a tanning salon and on the form that our new clients have to fill out, it says not to tan if you are pregnant.

meggz2411 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Holy Moly!!! I would NEVER EVER go in a tanning bed while pregnant!! You get boiling hot, harmful exposure to crazy lights. I can't believe anyone's actually asking this!

skitchen24 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I tanned in a tanning bed though my entire first pregnancy. I use 12 minute beds that are loaded with fans so I dont even get warm. I am 6 wks preg now and plan to tan with this one as well.

eilatan66 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Seems like tanning beds are a bad idea...not only are you darkening your stretch marks and the 'mask of pregnancy' but hello! Free radicals from UVA/UVB exposure...can't be good for you or baby

jtrumbo |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I'm a certified sunless tanning tech and I wlways recommend pregnant women get dr's approval for spray tan and they always say OK. Its safer for you even when you;re not pregnant

jroc88 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I am getting married in April on the beach and I want a nice tan! I just started tanning and got a membership at a local tanning salon.. I can do sunless- (sugar based) and I can do the beds that only allow people to be in them for 10 minutes and no more. They also offer Hydo Derma Fusion, I love it! And the point is I think I am pregnant and I am wondering if any of this is safe for me to do?? I still want a nice glow for my wedding in April!!! Help!

corrieg |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Tanning beds are allowed during pregnancy. When you go just notify the salon and a certain bed and time limit will be given to you. Standing up is recommended laying flat on your back for lengtht periods shortens blood flow to your baby. Some salons will not let a pregnant woman tan because they are just protecting themselves from the few tanaholics who will overheat in the beds.

Kellybellomo5 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I can not believe anyone would even question using a tanning bed while preggo. Are ppl that self consumed that you would want to harm your unborn child. They are not safe for you not preggo! You do not deserve to have a baby that your willing to put in harms way just to be tan! This makes me sick!

JackieA8482 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I just had my doc tell me NO tanning bads and NO spray tan, she said self tanning lotion safe

maeia82 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I spoke with my doctor about tanning beds, as I am getting married in a month and wanted that extra glow. He said, no more than 8 minutes at a time and only 2 times a week. If you feel warm, get out. He said the baby can not regulate its own temputure but it would require you to be in longer than 15 minutes at a time for that to happen. Just be smart, if you feel warm, get out.

mrsscharf11 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Also, the only reason why I asked is because I was tanning before i found out I was pregnant and wanted to know what they suggested. In response to some posts on here- I am not selfish and I am not vain, I was making sure as a first time mother that what I had done previously hadn't hurt the baby. And when a professional tells me it is ok that i had tanned before and if I wanted to continue that this was the safest way, I will heed their advice. Some women have questions, and i think coming on here and ripping them because you feel a certian way is wrong. be objective, not rude. Everyone has questions and concerns.

mrsscharf11 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I did was ask my tanning salon if I could still tan. I only went once a week, sometimes less, to keep my face from breaking out, but they still said absolutely NOT. They also won't let you spray tan until the 3rd trimester. So, I've been laying out outside and so far, so good. Drink lots of water and hop in the water every now and again to cool off.

LittlePuddin |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I am 38 weeks pregnant and have been poolside almost everyday for the last month. The pool feels great when you are pregnant because it takes all the extra weight and pressure off your body. Plus, sunlight produces vitamin D which is good for you and baby. Just be sure to use sunscreen! Those of you asking about tanning beds...you are out of your mind! Tanning beds aren't good for you, so what makes you think they would be good for your unborn child. I would NEVER even think about going to a tanning bed. wow.

melissaw138 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I need to know, this past weekend i was esposed to the sun for about 3 hrs from 12- 3 pm, Im 22 weekds prego and im so paranoid now friends and family tell me i shouldnt off done that since i got a bit sun burned though i didnt feel sick.. I did applie some spf in my belly but now i got sun burned in my belly, my belly did feel hot afterwards.. is there any danger or could i have caused some damage to my baby?

martharios11 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I went to the beach yesterday and it didn't go so bad we got 90 spf because we're as pasty as they come and got a beach umbrella. It was super fun the wort part was waiting outside the busy restaurant after spending a few hours at the beach. Also, a cooler with ice and water would have been helpful, but we had plenty of water bottles with us it was just a bit warmer than I would have liked.

killapea |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

There is no such thing as a stupid questions. You will only learn if you ask. Thats the whole point of these Q&As. These people who are posting rude comments on here have no business on this discussion board.

mamarenee33 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

The problem with tanning beds is that they strip you of folic acid which without you have a much higher risk of spontaneous abortion or your child being born with spinabifida. That's why doctors want you to avoid the damaging uv rays because at those extremes they are much more harmful to your baby than if you laid by the pool

Kaylynn190 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I READ IN AN ARTICLE WRITTEN BY A MIDWIFE THAT YOUR BODY TEMP SHOULDNT GO OVER 100

joel2012 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

This is my first pregnancy and I know I have a lot of questions. So I am grateful for this site, however I do think it is rude and disrespectful to tell someone they should not have a child because they like to tan. Really get over yourself!! I have heard from my doctor and a few others to avoid all tanning beds and sprays during pregnancy. I was also informed to use a high SPF while in the sun 45 or more.

dcapi05 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-461377/Pregnant-women-avoid-sun.html

kdoerksen |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

When I was pregnant with my daughter, my doc told me to enjoy the outdoors as much as I could/wanted to, but with some sense...wear spf! I have no idea why anyone would want to go bake in a tanning bed while they are pregnant though. Save it for after they're outta there. UV rays are UV rays, but tanning beds are just bad news in general. Which is completely hypocritical of me since I usually start out the spring with a weeks worth of tanning bed trips, but I'd never do it knowing I was pregnant.

jmt079 |