The Truth About Wearing Sunscreen While Pregnant
As a first time mom, there is always a mountain of questions you more than likely spend hours researching. After all, you want to make sure your pregnancy is as healthy as possible for both you and baby. One of the questions that has probably crossed your mind, is whether or not it is safe to wear sunscreen.
Yes, it is absolutely safe to wear sunscreen while pregnant. In fact, it is recommended that pregnant women wear sunscreen year-round since you are more susceptible to the damaging UV rays. This is due to the increased melanin and blood flow (among other factors) in your skin.
Why is it Important to Wear Sunscreen While Pregnant?
Research has shown that skin damage caused by the sun can lead to a variety of health concerns for a pregnant woman's unborn child. The American Medical Association recommends that pregnant women wear sunscreen, as well as, loose clothing to protect themselves from the sun. Furthermore, they suggest all expecting mothers to have their babies' umbilical cords checked for signs of damage by ultraviolet rays.
Sun safety tips for pregnant women
Don't Expose Belly to the Sun. It might be tempting to tan your growing belly, but exposing it to the sun while pregnant is one of the worst things you can do. The sun's rays can cause skin cancer, premature aging, and other skin issues on your belly while pregnant. Wear loose clothing when going out in the sun so that you are covered and can avoid putting any part of your body directly into the sunlight.
Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go out in the sun. Liquids and lotions take a little longer to dry than you may think. You need a minimum of 15 minutes before you are in the sun to allow the sunscreen to be absorbed into your skin, so it works effectively.
Reapply sunscreen every two hours, even after swimming and towel drying. To avoid becoming sunburned, reapply every two hours minimum.
Cover up when possible using hats, scarves, and sunglasses to cover your head, neck, and face. Wear long sleeves to protect your arms and legs. If you want to show off a new bathing suit or dress, just be sure it is not cut too low in the back so it does not expose your skin.
If you are pregnant, remember that your skin is much more sensitive so do not apply sunscreen, especially chemical sunscreen, on sensitive areas such as around the eyes and mouth for any amount of time.
Wear sunglasses that protect from UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. Remember to also wear UV protective clothing.
Which is the best sunscreen to wear while pregnant?
Sunscreen for pregnant women should contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. These are both natural ingredients that protect against the sun's harmful rays and come with fewer concerns than the other active ingredients. These two minerals are not absorbed by the skin while they block the sun's rays. This is why they are considered safe to use while pregnant.
One of the recommended SPF products is Zinc It Over SPF 25 facial mists by Seriously FAB. These facial mists are easy to use, convenient, and can provide great protection for your skin when used properly.
Cheers Luv is also a great option to nourish your skin and overall health, before, during, and post pregnancy. Cheers Luv contains a blend of potent antioxidants to improve the skin's elasticity including Turmeric and green tea extract. These effectively help with anti-aging while boosting the skin's natural defenses against free radicals.
Cheers to a happy and healthy pregnancy and baby!