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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?

um...ok. so if tanning beds give off microwaves to "cook" your melonin in your skin...NOOOOOOOOOO it's not ok to go to a tanning bed while you're pregnant!

zami210 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

your midwife is crazy!! Tanning beds are so bad for you and your baby! don't do it!

lori1974 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I worked in a tanning salon...and we would allow pregnant women to tan at their own risk. the only risk being the overheating. there are no microwaves from tanning beds...its ultraviolet light, just like from the sun...not an oven to cook a frozen dinner in. i personally don't use them right now becuase i find i overheat more easily, not to mention i'm not working and my hubby doesn't enjoy paying for it!

AFWife1229 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

You can tan when pregnant, just DON'T use tingle lotions because it is absorbed INTO the skin and could potentially harm the baby (no conclusive/research). Tanning beds provide a lot of vitamin D (I think it is) so you're absorbing vital vitamins, if you tan too much, your baby can be born large, heavy... painful birth. You get the idea.

epowell8 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

You aren't supposed to use tanning beds at all when you are pregnant. whoever told you that you could is retarded. It's so bad for the baby

jpearce327 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Tanning beds are okay to a certain degree: Use stand up ones instead of laying down, and limit your time and the level you tan at so your body temperature doesnt increase too rapidly and you overheat. Just like being in the sun, the only risk factor is overheating.

tarav88 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

It's not just like being in the sun. In the sun, the atmosphere filters out some of the bad rays, where as in the tanning bed, YOU are the filter. Tanning beds are bad for you anyway...it pretty much tells cancer cells to come out and play. Definitely NOT OK when pregnant. You would be so naive to think it would be!! Don't do it.

acorbinrn |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

My DOCTOR told me that it was fine to tan in moderation. Not that I am just that it was ok. he said that there is NO evidence out there showing that it causing harm to your baby. If you do choose to tan do it in moderation and do not get overheated. It is the same as laying out in the sun. However BOTH can still cause skin cancer, not just tanning in a tanning bed. So I think as of now I am going to enjoy my pasty white skin :)

kaylacbaby01 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I've been researching this alot and what i get out of it is tanning beds are not recommended, especially if you're planning on breastfeeding (not sure why) and that spray tans and sunless tanners contain a chemical called DHA, which is not proven to harm your baby, but not proven NOT to harm him/her. I think being a little on the pastie side for 9 months is a small price to pay

kenzylauren |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I've read plenty of articles and Q&A's saying that Tanning beds are okay if you shorten the time you spend in them at any one time. I seriously think it's a matter of opinion when someone says it's bad. Just like some people say it's okay to continue smoking while pregnant (stupid) while most of the population sees it as a Don't.

NeonEyeliner77 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Why in the world would anyone want to go to a tanning bed while pregnant? Couldn't you think of other things to do? Is it really that important to be oh so bronzed and pregnant? I think some women need to get their priorities straight! You could be using that money for the baby!

Ashes2785 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Because of my very fair skin and the fact that I exercise a lot outdoors and burn easily, my dermatologist advised me to maintain a regular light tan to strengthen my skin against burns. His exact orders were to do regular short sunbeds rather than direct sun exposure. He said that the sunbeds were cleaner and more controlled levels of UV. 8-10 min max twice a month was actually his prescription... Getting a sunburn is something I should really avoid pregnant due to infection risk. The only reason I would avoid sunbeds now are "bad" days were I wont be able to stand the heat in the tanning salon. Even though my case has something medical to it, I also believe that you have the right to be a yummy mummy and feel good about yourself without making any excess, like for everything.

miskalala |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

How is anyone on here even asking if tanning beds are safe during pregnancy???????? Whoever above said that they are safe for "normal" people is delusional.

castein410 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I advise my friends against tanning or tanning beds always - so can't even imagine a pregnant women getting in a tanning bed. Does having dark skin really mean that much to you? There are certain things you have to give up for the sake of your baby...and you shouldn't be tanning anyway. My skin may be white but it's soft and I hardly ever need lotion. Embrace your skin!

vivasuzi |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Tanning while pregnant in moderation is absolutley safe, as long as you do not overheat. My DOCTOR has discussed it with me. For some people, it is not the "dark skin" they want to acheive, it's relaxation, it's depression that sunlight helps (proven fact) or it's acne, psoriasis...plus you get vitamin D from the sun, a very important vitamin your baby needs. Please people, do your research and do not believe everything you hear on the media!

Hsweeney08 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

It raises your body tempature, meaning the baby's body tempature too. Your not suppose to go in hottubs for the same reason. so i would definentley say no.

dtarasco01 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

How about going into indoor pool? Is it safe to stay in indoor pool for a long time, is the chemical in the water safe for the first trimester?

janemi |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I used to work at a higher end tanning salon, and in our classes we were told that it IS ok to a pregnant because the rays do not go far enough into the body to harm the baby. BUT, we always made women go to their doctor to get his/her opinion first whether they recommend not to. The issue is overheating, dehydrating, and possibility of fainting.

juliantim |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I discussed this topic with my doctor and she flat out said that it is ok in moderation.She said the rays have no effect on the baby, and that the only concern is overheating.I live in alaska and I get disgustingly pale ( to the point where I feel gross) I tan 2 times a week for 6 min and I keep the fans on high the whole time and I don't even get warm, and I feel better and relaxed.Tanning in moderation in a well venilated bed will not harm your baby (although there is the obvious chance of skin cancer-to you)

tabethaotto |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

What dermatologist or doctor would give advice to use a tanning bed at any time...let alone when you are pregnant? This whole topic is the most ridiculous drivel I've ever read. By the way, I'm sure arsenic is fine in "moderation" too.

amandaly311 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I am 31 weeks pregnant now and have been laying out on the beach for a few weeks since it's finally started warming up. I don't believe in tanning beds when the sunshine outside is healthy for you and plus, its FREE!! As long as you make sure you are hydrated and aren't burning to a crisp than you will be fine. Living at the beach, you see more pregnant women on the beach than you do teens and other adults. :)

whitwhit95 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Those asking about tanning beds..SERIOUSLY?!??!? I'm sure they're fine in moderation and they don't really cook your baby and blah blah blah but WHAT IF something happened..would you really want that guilt on you of always wondering if you shouldn't have...I don't think you should spend your entire pregnancy in a bubble but things like this, I think it's worth giving up for a short amount of time knowing you're doing everything in your power to keep your baby safe..just my opinion..

hbkises |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I am an avid sun tanner BUT at my 1st appt my doc made sure to point out that I should not be laying out in the sun period. She added that the amniotic fluid acts as a conductor and heats up the baby. Of course I am not avoiding the sun completely, I am not "laying out" just doing my thing (gardening, baseball game, swim in the lake, etc).

lmanchen |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Ok...I have to say something about this particular blog. I cannot believe the way all you woman are responding to this. I am starting to wonder what this website is really for....honestly. There are so many opinionated comments on here that it really peeves me off. The woman that post here are looking for factual advice not what YOU think is best and what YOU think is STUPID or a HORRIBLE DECISION. This website has blogs for woman to go for advise, not for your strict opinions on things. If you know for a fact something isn't safe then state the facts (provide a website link). Keep your opinions to yourself unless you have a neutral comment to post.

springtimebaby |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I don't have an answer but was wondering about cutting grass. I use the push while my husband does the riding in the larger areas. I push the small areas where he cannot get with the rider. So I was just wondering if it was ok for me to still cut grass...I love cutting grass but I don't want to hurt the baby.

dubcar |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I asked my dr about tanning beds and she said it is fine. Go in a stand up and if you are getting too hot get out.

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Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

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jerryms |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I am a geologist in Phoenix AZ. I am almost 7 months pregnant and my boss keeps sending me out in the field. It is currently 110 degrees here today and will remain this way for the next few months. I have to be out in the field next week for a few days- I try to stay in my truck with the air on as much as possible but I can't be in the truck all day. How hot is too hot and for how long of an exposure. It turns out OSHA doesn't address this issue for pregnant women whose bosses don't get it!

Dith9721 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Tanning beds are currently in the process of being banned in Canada so I'm shocked that anyone would say it's "safe" during pregnancy. I used to enjoy tanning myself but after working in the health field the past few years and learning more about the side effects, I stopped. Ya, I wish I had a "glow" but I'd much rather be white than dead.

mamameech |

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Wow most of you are a bunch of superficial freaks! Seriously! Can I go in a tanning bed? And to the women who said her dr reccomend she keep a light tan do to fair skin?? Any tan of any sort is damage done to your skin, the damage is shown through your so called, "healthy glow!" No such thing! So, "keep a light tan," said no dr ever!!!! Ahahahahha they say USE SUNSCREEN!

Nowabodden |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

To the question about cutting the grass...my mother, bravely, was cutting the grass the week before she went into labor. She felt healthy enough that she could do it. Keep in mind the temperature outside and stay hydrated. I would say if you are willing to cut the grass, then get after it! I wouldn't volunteer for that though!

ringom |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

Damn....why did I join this site? Some of you women are evil. Mind your own business.

carly9 |

Q&A: Sun and heat exposure while pregnant?

I went sailing with my husband after he repaired his boat after he made an order at MMIMarine.com and I felt bad at night because of prolonged sun exposure. I had a terrible head ache and we had to cancel the trip, I went straight to the doctor and he told me it is normal for pregnant women to be more sensible to sun radiation.

amyabel68 |