Is sunbathing allowed during pregnancy? Yes, but only if you follow some rules.
The hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy make the skin more sensitive to the sunrays, which means you can get sunburnt much faster. In addition, exposure to sun without proper sunscreen worsens hyperpigmentation (eg, chloasma, acne scars). Use sunscreen with the active ingredient TITANIUM DIOXIDE that is not absorbed through the skin and does not reach the fetus.
Pregnancy predisposes the body to overheating and dehydration, which can reduce blood flow to the placenta and the delivery of nutrients to the fetus. The fetus also receives warmth from the placenta and the uterus, hence overheating of the mother can cause fetal overheating. How to avoid these problems? Stay in the shade between 12 and 16 hours when the sun is the strongest and drink between 2 and 3 liters of fluids per day. And if you cannot swim, now is the time to learn! Swimming strengthens the heart, muscles and is not hard on the joints.
Do not give up entirely on the sun! Vitamin D synthesis begins in the skin thanks to UV rays. Vitamin D is needed for the metabolism of calcium and phosphorus, the immune system and bones. Deficiency of vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia.
Even though summer heat and humidity are unpleasant, you can still enjoy the hot summer months while you are pregnant. Listen to your body for a healthy and relaxing summer.