The Classic Guide to Sunbathing During Pregnancy

The Classic Guide to Sunbathing During Pregnancy
August 15 11:10 2016

Every woman dream of having kids and eventually settles down with their family.

The everlasting emotional battle where some days you feel like having kids gave you a purpose and direction in life. You want to live for somebody else other than yourself. And other days you feel like you committed a horrible mistake that makes you question every single decision you ever made.

But even after hearing all the emotional rollercoaster ride of other mothers, you would still want to ride yours.

The never ending high energy in the house, the constant giggling of them at finding anything and everything funny, the joy of seeing the excitement on their face after discovering new things and the satisfaction of seeing them finally learning them to do their things on their own is more than enough for a woman to endure every hardship & challenges she has to face.

One such challenge is going through the pregnancy phase. The unstable mood, high stress, sleepless nights with sudden irritations and health problems makes it one hell of a tough journey.

But this doesn’t mean you have to quit your life for nine months. You can still enjoy simple pleasures that life has to offer.

If you enjoy going out in the sun for tanning, then go for it. In fact, it offers multiple health benefits.

  • It’s the number one cure for depression. Sun rays make you feel alive and help you to get rid of any depression or anxiety whatsoever. Staying in your room all day under artificial light is a sure shot way to get depressed.
  • Sunlight helps your body to synthesize Vitamin D that helps to absorb calcium and promotes bone development.
  • Vitamin D is essential during pregnancy as it reduces the probability of complications that might arise to both the mother and the child.
  • It increases your immunity power. You don’t want to catch any disease, especially during pregnancy.
  • If you happen to suffer from cholesterol or lower blood pressure, sunbathing can prove to be effective for treatment.
    BUT (and it’s big but with capital letters) the pregnant woman should be very careful while sunbathing. You if happen to be one, you must follow certain rules or sunbathing can have negative effects on both the child and you (ouch).


Dangers While Sunbathing

While the sun may prove to be beneficial to your health, if sit for a prolonged time, it may cause skin burn and rashes. If neglected, this habit might lead you to develop skin cancer.

Ozone layer depletion has just caused this matter worse. The UV aka ultraviolet rays are poison to human skin. And the problem doesn’t even end here.

A pregnant woman goes through a lot of bodily changes during this period. Hormones secreted during this period make the skin super sensitive to outside stimulation. In simple terms, a pregnant woman is twice more likely to get her skin damaged while sunbathing.

Sunbathing for hours can be equally harmful. During pregnancy, the body temperature of the woman tends to rise due to high metabolisms. So sitting in the sun for hours can cause your body temperature unnaturally high which can negatively affect both the baby and you.


Things to Follow While Sunbathing

If you are sunbathing while pregnant, we recommend following certain things to minimize the risk of any sort of complication whatsoever.

You should avoid going out in the sun between 11 A.M and 3 P.M. This are the times when the sun rays are at their peak. Ideally, the time the time to avoid harmful sun rays are between 12 P.M to 2 P.M but since you are pregnant, we recommend you to take extra precautions. It’s clear that you should go out in the sun either in the morning or evening to get the benefits without any side effects.

A sunscreen is a must. Don’t forget to apply the cream before going out on your bathing endeavor. It’s supposed to act as an additional layer of protection from harmful UV rays.

Stay cool and hydrated. You must drink the prescribed the liters of water. You can also put your feet in cold water to avoid an unnatural increase in body temperature. Some women might feel their body temperature rising while sunbathing even after all the precautions. It is advisable to drown your feet in the cold water as such it lowers your body temperature.

Never lie on your tummy while sunbathing as women are usually seen doing. Lying on the stomach can cause unnecessary pressure on the baby. Moreover, as a protection mechanism, the fetus might exert pressure on our internal organs. This can damage both the baby and the mother seriously. In the latter stage of pregnancy, it advised to not even lie on your back as the size of the fetus increases which can cause unnecessary pressure on your organs. It is advisable to sit on a comfortable chair while sunbathing.

Take frequent breaks while sunbathing. Even during the morning and evening, pregnant women shouldn’t sit in the sun for a long stretch. Take little breaks. You might even consider cooling off in the pool if you feel like it.


Closing Thoughts

Having kids doesn’t require you to sacrifice your life totally.

But if by any chance your doctor recommends you to avoid sunbathing for a while, listen to them.

You don’t want your baby to be born with any deformity or abnormalities because you didn’t listen to your doctor because you wanted a tan.

After all, precaution is better than cure but in this case, there will be no cure.



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