Using Tanning Beds

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jenice - October 8

Hello! I'm currently 21 weeks pregnant, and having a bit of trouble. My doctor took me off of my antidepressants the minute we learned I was pregnant, and I'm really feeling the effects. I'm not feeling as psychotic as I was, but I'm far from stable. I'm looking into alternative treatments for depression (vitamins, therapy, etc), and I know for a fact that tanning has proven very beneficial for me in the past. Even 10 minutes every few days could keep me off of my medication during our cold Canadian winter! I've been doing some online research into whether tanning for small periods of time while pregnant is safe, but haven't had much luck. My next doctor's appointment is at the end of the month, and I don't want to schedule one just to ask. Any thoughts? Also, the beds I would use (at Fabutan) are fully airconditioned and can be programmed for small amounts of time (such as 4 or 5 minutes). Any experience in this department would be welcome! Thanks!

 

sarah21 - October 8

They are no more dangerous than the regular sun as long as you use the A/C function. They can cause you to have a folic acid deficiency, though, so make sure you keep up on your supplements.

 

sarah21 - October 8

Oh and it can make the chloasma (brown spots people get during pregnancy) worse.

 

Happymommy - October 8

Sarah's right--Just try to be cool and it might be beneficial to you. I hope that you start to feel better!

 

January - October 9

Most tanning places won't allow you to tan pregnant. I would ask the salon about their policies.

 

Stephanie_31 - October 9

You can take a thermometer with you. Just make sure that your temp doesn't go over 102 and you should me fine.

 

jenice - October 9

Thank you ladies! I'll head down to the tanning salon and chat with the girls and see if they have any info.

 

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