Being pregnant in the summer is challenging.
First off, you’re always too hot.
Second, you’re not so sure if you really look all that good in a bathing suit.
And third, your skin is behaving badly.
Let’s discuss three things you can do to enjoy your summer while you’re expecting.
We’ll begin with tanning.
Tip 1: Be a bronze goddess
Before we go any further, talk to your OB/GYN about your specific situation.
Hear their advice about taking care of your skin and health in hot weather.
Now, if you’re ready to be a bronze goddess with a cute baby bump, read on.
As I’m sure you know, tanning indoors is a no-no when you’re pregnant (1).
Don’t even go there.
Tanning outdoors isn’t a smart idea either.
Soaking up UV rays might cause health problems for your baby.
Plus, as a pregnant mother, you’re prone to hyperpigmentation. Sunlight can aggravate melasma, those discolored patches of skin caused by hormonal surges.
So why did I say you could be a bronze goddess?
Because of self-tanners!
The best pregnancy-safe sunless tanners make you look like you took a vacation to Tahiti.
And they do it without causing harm to your skin or your child.
Self-tanners brown your epidermis kind of like how an apple changes color after you slice it.
The effects only last around a week, but you can keep the bronze going for as long as you want by reapplying.
Modern formulas don’t turn you orange.
Many don’t smell bad, either.
Now, I bet you’re ready to get into that swimsuit after all. Your skin isn’t ghostly pale after you’ve self-tanned.
Tip 2: Spend time outdoors without suffering from sunburn or chloasma
I mentioned melasma, also known as chloasma, just a moment ago.
Sometimes it’s called the “mask of pregnancy.”
It’s skin discoloration caused by contraceptives or hormonal changes.
If you spend time out in the sun, it gets worse.
The easiest way to prevent problems with hyperpigmentation or sunburn is to wear sunscreen.
But the problem is that there are a lot of rumors circulating about the chemicals in it.
The truth is that the FDA has been taking a closer look at some chemical sunscreen filters like avobenzone.
These components soak up the UV radiation. Since they penetrate into the skin, the chemicals could reach the bloodstream and may have negative effects.
Your best bet is to use mineral sunscreen instead.
Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide reflect the sun’s rays away from your skin. They stay on the surface and rarely cause allergic reactions.
The best pregnancy-safe sunscreens avoid preservatives and irritants.
They protect and moisturize sensitive skin.
Slather on a generous amount and go enjoy the sunshine.
Tip 3: Stretch marks, itchiness, and rashes, oh my
You might feel self-conscious about the stretch marks.
They are a badge of honor. You’ve put your body on the line to bring new life into the world.
Moreover, several good creams minimize and prevent stretch marks.
It’s a good excuse to get a massage. Hand that bottle to your significant other and tell them to rub it in well.
Next, pregnant women are prone to rashes and dryness.
It can be worse in the summer if you spend time getting in and out of the pool, perspiring, or enjoying the A/C.
Something as pure and natural as organic shea butter or coconut oil can make a big difference.
Keeping your skin hydrated and conditioned strengthens it against pollutants, infections, and moisture loss.
It can also ward off acne.
When your skin is overly dry, it’s likely to produce extra sebum.
Excess sebum leads to clogged pores and pimples.
But just a couple minutes of preventative measures can save you a lot of trouble.
Apply moisturizer every day to every inch of your body while you’re pregnant.
It will keep your skin comfortable and healthy.
After all, if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
1. https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/tanning-while-pregnant#Is-Self-Tanning-Lotion-Pregnancy-Safe?- by Chaunie Brusie, published March 18, 2016, accessed February 6, 2020