If you’re the type of mama that is bringing your bump to the beach this summer, be sure to practice sun safety.
While you’re not more likely to get sunburned due to pregnancy, you still want to use caution with sun exposure.
Pregnant women should be aware of hyperpigmentation, also known as melasma or mask of pregnancy, which can be caused by sun exposure and pregnancy hormones.
To help prevent melasma, avoid the sun when possible by wearing hats and other protective clothing. A combination of properly covering up with clothing and using sunscreen is more effective than just lathering up.
When it comes to sunscreen, all formulas are safe during pregnancy, however try to pick a sunscreen that uses zinc, rather than chemicals, to block the sun’s rays. Natural sunscreens have been known to cause less allergic reactions.
Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day (which you should be doing any way!).
Set a timer to remind yourself to take breaks from the sun if you’ll be outside for long periods of time. Spend a few minutes resting in a cool, shady place, listening to some tunes on your musical pregnancy belt, intermittently throughout the day.
If you do get sunburned, cool compresses can help. Try soaking a cloth in cold milk too!
Overall, my rule of thumb is to protect my skin as I would protect my baby’s skin – I don’t shortchange myself when it comes to sun safety. Plus, as a bonus, you’ll look younger longer because you’ll have less skin damage, which means you’ll be one hot mama for a long, long time!