Exposure to the sun during pregnancy has been linked to decreased amounts of folic acid, which is needed for your baby’s growth and development. The lack of folic acid can increase the risk for spina bifida and other birth defects.
Is it safe to sit in the sun while pregnant?
If you want to spend a peaceful afternoon in the sun, you can. Just make sure you don’t get too hot and that you protect your skin with sunscreen. During pregnancy, your skin may be more sensitive and you may burn more easily in the sun. If this applies to you, stay out of the sun whenever you can.
Can the heat affect my unborn baby?
If the mother’s temperature exceeds 102 degrees it can affect fetal growth and sometimes cause cleft palate. Dehydration and increased body temperature can affect the level of amniotic fluid in the amniotic sac. The fluid permits the baby to move around freely and maneuver within the womb.
Can sun exposure cause a miscarriage?
By causing fluid loss, sunburns can promote dehydration. An expecting mother can lose up to a half-gallon of fluid when exposed to temperatures over 90 degrees F for only ten minutes. By increasing body temperature, dehydration can promote the risk preterm labor or miscarriage due to premature uterine contractions.
How long can you be in the sun when pregnant?
The key is to remember that a little sun exposure goes a long way. Most research points to as little as five to ten minutes of sun exposure two to three times a week on the arms, legs, hands and/or face to meet all of the body’s vitamin D needs.
Can getting too hot cause miscarriage?
If your body temperature goes above 102°F (38.9°C) for more than 10 minutes, the elevated heat can cause problems with the fetus. Overheating in the first trimester can lead to neural tube defects and miscarriage.
How much hotter does a pregnant woman feel?
(A pregnant woman’s body temperature is often already elevated around 0.4 degrees above the normal 98.6.) In the winter, this means pregnant women should avoid hot tubs and saunas, which can quickly elevate body temperatures above safe levels.
How can I tan my back while pregnant?
You just need to be smart about sunbathing while pregnant! If you still aren’t keen to risk it in the sun but want that tan, stick to self-tanning products. On the days that you do soak up the sun, always apply an ample amount of Mineral Sunscreen Lotion and drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.
Is Vitamin D good for pregnancy?
Everybody needs vitamin D – it helps us to absorb the right amount of calcium and phosphate. It is especially important in pregnancy as it helps your baby’s bones, teeth, kidneys, heart and nervous system to develop.