Tanning While Pregnant

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Kat - May 10

Does anyone know if there is any harm in getting in the tanning bed while pregnant?

 

Lynn - May 10

Most doctors advise against it. Tanning beds have a good chance of raising your body temperature & that can be very bad for the baby. This has been posted many times, once the owner of a tanning salon replied that even she doesn't get in the beds while pregnant. You can lay out in the sun outside, just be sure that you keep cool & well hydrated.

 

Pennie - May 10

I asked the doctor and he said "no" b/c it basically boils the baby. I baby can not sweat like you or I can and your body temp. plus the fluid the baby is in heats up and the baby can't expell heat through sweating. Best to stay out for now. At least summer is coming and you can be outside to tan : )

 

Kat - May 11

Thanks Lynn and Pennie for your responses. I greatly appreciate it!

 

mpa - May 11

Kat, most of the stuff I have read so there is no clear evidence either way. The main concern is the fact you may raise your body temperature too high. If you must get a tan in the bed, ask about the European or VHR beds. You can only lay in them for 10 minutes at the most and maybe only 6 minutes to get a good base tan. I gave all my visits to my mother in law (she loved it ) and have just decided to lay in the sun. Also, spray tans are ok, so they might be worth looking into (if you can stand the smell!) Good luck!

 

Ca__sie - May 11

I've never gone tanning, so I don't know how hot it gets in those beds, but like the other girls said, raising your body temperature too high when pregnant is not good for the baby. That is why we cannot go into saunas or hot tubs either. When there is ever a question about whether it is safe for the baby or not, I stay on the safe side and stay away from it.

 

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