(Closed) Sun Tanning While Pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
349 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MarryMeTiffany:  i dont think there is anything wrong with being in the sun as long as you are using sunscreen and your body isnt overheating. i think the problem with suntanning is your body can get overheated easily, but if you stay hydrated and take breaks/keep cool, i do not see a problem with getting a little vitamin D…enjoy your vacation! 🙂

Post # 4
2871 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I went on vacation at about 27 weeks and I got some sun by just being outside.  I made sure that I had on sun protection and drank tons of water.

I think it’s ok to get some sun as long as you don’t overheat.  Enjoy your vacay!

Post # 5
1482 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We’re going to Hawaii next week, so I asked my doctor about this at my last appointment. Like PP said, just wear sunscreen and make sure you’re not getting too hot. She also said to be careful about tanning your face- she said some women get what’s called the “Mask of Pregnancy” where for some reason, the area around your eyes stays pale and makes it look like you’re wearing a mask after being out in the sun.

Post # 6
1280 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

it’s to go in the sun so long as it”s not excessive. actually the sunscreen concerns me more. unlike in europe where they are outlawed, sunscreens in the US are not regulated for parabens. parabens are an awful endocrine distrupter found in most beauty products either as paraben or labeled “fragrance”. These are not good for you or for baby. There are also other ingredients in many sunscreens that are no good for pregnant women. i use this one:



Post # 7
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

The reason doctors suggest you don’t stay in the sun too long is because it’s not good for the baby if your body gets too hot. As long as you stay hydrated, use lots of sunblock, and don’t let your body get too hot then you should be fine but I wouldn’t do it for very long at a time.

Post # 8
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I would use regular sunscreen versus “tanning oil” even if it does have a low SPF in it. With all the sacrifices we make during pregnancy, being pasty is the least of them. Though I understand just wanting to catch some rays for relaxation, you should use more proper protection with a higher SPF. Why take the risk?

Post # 9
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Laying out in the sun is perfectly safe…just keep in mind that your skin may react differently to the sun that it usually does, so wear sunscreen.  I was outside a couple weeks ago for a couple hours, just out in the yard, not even “suntanning” and I ended up with a burn (which would never typically happen for me)!  As others already said, as long as you drink water and don’t overheat, you’ll be fine.  

The only other thing to think about is stretchmarks.  If you’ve gotten any stretchmarks during your pregnancy, it’s not good to expose them to the sun while they are still fresh.  They heal better post-pregnancy if they aren’t exposed to the sun.  But again, that’s nothing some sunscreen can’t help you with!  🙂

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