Temperatures are rising as spring readies for summer, and I think everyone agrees this is good news. But for moms-to-be who worship the sun, is it safe to go tanning when pregnant? The answer, as you unfortunately suspect, is that when you're expecting, it's better to stay in the shade. Though there's no conclusive evidence that tanning can directly harm the fetus, the American Pregnancy Association (APA) urges expectant mothers to think twice before soaking up the sun.
Whether naturally acquired by sun exposure or by lying in a tanning bed, a tan puts you at risk for developing malignant melanoma, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Heat from the sun, though it feels delicious on the skin, and has been linked to improved mood, according to a study published in Huffington Post, is not worth the damage tanning can cause. It makes me sad to write this, because there are few things I love more than lying out. But after a skin cancer scare, I learned the hard way that sun exposure is just too much of a risk when it comes to your health. When pregnant, you want to be as healthy as possible, not just for the obvious reasons, but because being healthy will make you feel better. So, if you're pregnant and like to tan, get the lowdown before you break out the coconut oil and beach towel.