Can You Sunbathe While Pregnant?
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By DANIELLE RAMOS-SULLIVAN
There are so many dos and don’ts when it comes to pregnancy. It might seem like a good idea to relax on the beach or by the pool and relieve the stress that comes with being pregnant, but it’s not a good idea to sunbathe if you're expecting, since there are many risks that can affect both the mother and the baby.
Due to heightened hormones during pregnancy, your skin is more sensitive to the sun, and UV rays can break down your body’s folic acid, which helps prevent birth defects. Sunbathing can not only give you a sunburn, but also deplete your bodily fluids and make you dehydrated, leading to a higher risk of preterm labor.
Being overheated can also contribute to birth defects and fetal brain damage. However, you can still enjoy a beach or pool day; just apply and reapply sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 to 45. Try to wear a wide-brim hat or stay under an umbrella, and definitely drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and go back inside if you feel too hot.