Sun exposure during pregnancy: how can you get the best of
Sun exposure can be useful during pregnancy, but you need to remember that your skin becomes more sensitive and to deserve some additional care to it. That’s why skin protection is even more important.
A safe sun exposure is good for Vitamin D metabolism and is essential for pregnant women too as it aids in providing bone creation of the foetus. Moreover, a strong immunity for you and the baby also gets assured. On the other hand, the hormonal changes can cause some problems. Your skin is more irritable and reactive to external factors.
If you plan a walk in the sun take some extra care. Sunscreen is essential nevertheless you should remember that there are two types: physical blockers and chemical blockers. Physical blockers are safe to use as they are a mixture of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that together aid in reflecting the harmful UVs.
Chemical blockers are not at all recommended for pregnant women. They might contain chemicals that absorb the UV rays rather than reflecting them. One is oxybenzone that has been known to penetrate through the skin and can cause allergies, hormonal disturbances, and even low birth weight especially in newly born baby girls. Therefore, you should use a sunscreen you already handle in the past, try it on a small area before a full application and remove with a shower as soon as you are back from your outdoor activities or you can put on protective clothing.
When you become pregnant your body produces more hormones, which causes an increase in pigmentation. This is way even not exposed to the sun directly, nearly 50% of pregnant women show some signs of the “mask of pregnancy” also known as melasma or chloasma. Melasma causes darker spots to appear on your face. They are more often on your forehead and cheeks and are a result of increased pigmentation.
To avoid (manage) the risk of the mask of pregnancy you should use a SPF15 or higher on your face whenever you go out and protect yourself with a broad brimmed hat.