How to stay safe in the sun during pregnancy
For some women, changes can occur to their skin, such as increased skin sensitivity whilst in the sun.
By Bio Island Nutrition Team
During pregnancy, a lot of changes occur to a woman’s body. For some women, these changes can occur to their skin such as increased skin sensitivity whilst in the sun. It is important that pregnant women take care when exposed to the sun not only for their skin but also to avoid become overheated and dehydrated.
Pregnancy can also induce melanocytes which are pigment-producing cells which make your skin more susceptible to discolouration when exposed to UV rays. Some pregnant women will develop what is called a linea nigra. This is a visible line down the centre of their belly. This line can more prominent with sun exposure so it is important to keep your belly covered when out in the sun.
Pregnant women can still enjoy the outdoors and should aim to get at least 10 minutes of sunlight each day, but it is vital that extra precautions are taken.
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure especially during the hottest part of the day. If outdoors for a longer period look for a spot in the shade.
- Use sunscreen and reapply at least every two hours. Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF30.
- Wear loose, breathable clothing paying particular attention to covering your baby bump.
- Wear a wide brim hat and polarised sunglasses ensuring that your face, ears and eyes are covered.
- Stay hydrated as dehydration can decrease the amount of blood available to the foetus.
This information does not take into account your personal situation and is general in nature. You should consider whether the information is appropriate for your needs and seek professional medical advice.
Always consult your healthcare professional before taking any supplements or if any concerns arise.