After a long winter, summer is finally here! But, before you pop on your sunglasses and stick your toes in the sand, it’s important to remember that necessary measures need to be taken to protect your bump from too much sun while you are pregnant.
Protecting your skin from the sun during pregnancy is important. Since pregnancy hormones can make the skin more sensitive, you are naturally more susceptible to sun burns and developing dark-brown splotches (chloasma). Therefore, in order to keep you and your baby safe, you should always wear sunscreen with at least 30 SPF in order to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays. And if you forget to apply your sunscreen every three hours, 50 SPF may be a better option for you.
Not all sunscreens are ideal for expecting moms. The ingredient in sunscreens that you should avoid is oxybenzone. This ingredient helps other chemicals absorb through the skin, which can cause unwanted chemicals to enter into your blood stream. Pregnant women should also be aware of other products that contain oxybenzone such as, lotions, lip balm, lipstick, perfume, and hair conditioners.
Sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are safe for expecting moms since both of these ingredients only lie on the surface of the skin. Four pregnancy safe sunscreens that contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide include:
- Neutrogena Sensitive Skin SPF 60+
- Mineral Crème Broad Spectrum SPF 50 UVA/UVB Sunscreen
- Vanicream Sunscreen SPF 50+
- Nine Naturals Natural Sunscreen SPF 32
While vacationing on the beach or relaxing at the pool this summer, be sure to reapply sunscreen every three hours, or more frequently if you are sweating and swimming. Try to reduce your time in the sun when rays are strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wearing a hat and other clothing while under the sun is also helpful for protecting yourself and your baby.
So, what are you waiting for? Jump you’re your bathing suit and show the world how to rock a beautiful baby bump. If you need any maternity swimsuit ideas, check out Our Favorite Maternity Swimwear Finds.