It seems appropriate to be writing this blog post in the middle of July as we all flock to the our nearest park, beach or pool to soak up the summer sun.  As much as we need that vitamin D, it is important to practice safe sun protection, especially while pregnant. Here are some tips on staying safe in the sun while pregnant:

Sunscreen

Protecting yourself from harmful UV rays is more important than ever. Your skin produces pigments using cells called melanocytes and during pregnancy, they are over active, making your skin more susceptible to sunburns. Although a sunburn may be mildly uncomfortable to you, it can turn up the heat in your belly which may not be healthy for your growing baby.[1] Make sure you are using a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and reapply every two hours or more.[2] Ensure that this lotion protects you from both UVA and UVB rays which can cause skin discoloration during pregnancy. Make sure you rub in your lotion as opposed to just spraying and if possible, look for a lotion without oil. Pregnant hormones are prone to acne. 

Shade time

Take time out from sunbathing to sit in the shade, head into some air conditioning or cool of in the pool. This will reduce the chances of overheating, overexposure and dehydration, all of which can be associated with pre-term contractions.[3] No shade in sight? Cover that belly bump with some sun protective clothing.

Lots of liquids

Staying hydrated is key to enjoying the sun while pregnant.[4] Sipping cold water constantly will ensure that your body temperature stays low enough that both you and baby are comfortable. When it is very hot, you are also losing additional body fluids through sweat so it is important that you keep your fluids topped up.

This summer, enjoy the sunshine wholeheartedly. It is a beautiful time of year to get outdoors and top up your vitamin D. Just ensure that you take precautions with the sun to protect both you and your baby bump.

Natalie Preddie is a Ddrops guest blogger. She is also a freelance writer who lives with her husband and dog in Toronto. They are expecting their first baby in September and they couldn’t be happier! Natalie has been published in the Toronto Star, Star Touch Magazine, PAX Magazine, Vv Magazine,The Baby Post and her popular travel blog, The Adventures of Natty P. Natalie believes that travel is the best education possible and encourages family and friends to explore, discover and learn in order to grow. Natalie also believes in finding deeper solutions in mind/body instead of just treating symptoms. In 2014, Natalie won the Canadian Public Relations Society: Young PR Pro of the Year Award. This year, Natalie won Travel Writer of the Year 2015 for her series on Ontario’s Norfolk County.  


 

[1] http://www.fitpregnancy.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-health/six-sunscreen-rules-follow-when-you-re-pregnant

[2] http://www.livestrong.com/article/513981-is-it-safe-to-lay-out-in-the-sun-while-pregnant/

[3] http://thestir.cafemom.com/pregnancy/105253/4_things_a_pregnant_woman

[4] http://www.babymed.com/lifestyle-and-beauty/sunbathing-and-sun-exposure-pregnancy