Is Safe To Use Tanning Lotions While Pregnant?

Is Safe To Use Tanning Lotions While Pregnant?

Typically, it is safe to use tanning lotion while you are pregnant.  The active ingredient Dihydroxyacetone (DHA) is a three-carbon sugar that is non-toxic and therefore is not harmful to you or your baby.  DHA works by interacting with your dead skin cells to produce brown pigment called melanoidin.  DHA does not go beyond this layer of cells and is not absorbed into the body.  Skin is constantly shedding dead skin cells and renewing itself, and so the tan fades as this happens. 

Tanning lotions normally do not contain any protection from the sun, which means that you are still prone to sunburn while in the sun.  Be sure to use a good sunscreen if you are going to be outside in the sun.

Occasionally, people will have an allergic reaction to tanning lotion.  It is a good idea to do a patch test to make sure that you do not have an allergic reaction to the lotion.  Remember that your body and hormones change drastically during pregnancy, so even if you have safely used tanning lotion in the past, you might have a reaction while you are pregnant.  It is always best to check by doing a patch test before applying tanning lotion for this reason.

Check with your doctor or midwife before using any type of tanning lotion.  Lastly, do not use any tanning pills, as these can contain drugs that can be toxic to the baby.


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