Summer is the time when we like to sunbathe. A pregnant woman can also enjoy the sun. But is it really safe?
It’s not just adults and children who enjoy the sun during the summer months. Expectant mothers also want to enjoy the sunny weather and get a beautiful tan. With the right advice you can safely prepare for this. What should you bear in mind when tanning while pregnant?
Even with sunscreen, you can’t be sure that your skin won’t be exposed to harmful UV rays. Of course, the sun provides us with vitamin D3 and can improve our mood (provides endorphins), until the temperature becomes too high. Expectant mothers have an elevated body temperature, and prolonged exposure to sunlight can lead to overheating, dehydration and weakness. In addition, premature contractions may occur
For pregnant women, the hormonal changes that occur in the body already increase the risk of skin discoloration or swelling. Exposing yourself to prolonged ultraviolet radiation, you also have to reckon with infrared (heat) radiation, responsible for dilatation of blood vessels, as a result of which unwanted spider veins may appear on the skin of future mothers. Therefore, pregnant women must avoid tanning beds, saunas and hot baths
Moms-to-be should be aware that during pregnancy, melanin levels in melanocytes increase, so new moles on the skin may appear or the form of existing ones will change. You don’t have to give up sunbathing at the beach, but you should be careful and prepare for it.
Sunscreen should already be a staple for everyone, not just moms of toddlers. The cream must have the highest level of protection, such as SPF50 and SPF50+. Sunscreen products should be reapplied every 2-3 hours, and half an hour before the first sun exposure. If there are no contraindications from the doctor, the future mother can cool down with a bath in water. In addition, the pregnant woman should lie in the shade or under an umbrella so as not to be so exposed to the sun. It is best to avoid sunbathing between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Expectant mothers should also avoid going to the beach when the temperature reaches 30 degrees Celsius.
First of all, when going to the beach, it is worth taking a deckchair with you. Lying on a towel, where there is sand around, will be uncomfortable for a pregnant woman. Future mother – take care of your back and your own comfort. Remember to drink enough water. Your beach bag must also include a place for snacks; fruits, vegetables or nuts.
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