Sunbathing, Sunscreen, and Safety

Before you head to the beach or spend time out by the pool, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to protect your bump and your skin. For instance, you may want to hold off on getting that bronzed look until after baby is born. Angela Hammett, BSN, RNC-OB, ICCE, LCCE, the Community Education Manager of Woman’s Hospital, says, “We don’t recommend sunbathing during pregnancy, especially because of the change in hormones causing the mom to be more susceptible to sun exposure.” Although if you do plan to be in the sun, she recommends wearing a reputable sunscreen, all over, with good coverage and at least 30 SPF or above. Also, don a wide-brimmed hat for further protection during your day in the sun.