Pregnant sunshine: the 6 rules to follow

Pregnant sunshine: the 6 rules to follow

During pregnancy, the skin becomes particularly sensitive. This is due to the hormonal state of the sweet expectation. Hormonal change leads, in fact, to an increase in the production of melanin, which as we know is responsible for the darker pigmentation of the skin exposed to the sun.

Is it possible then to sunbathe during pregnancy?

The answer is certainly yes, but with some precautions. The first advice is to protect yourself well with sunscreen, with a protection factor of 50, and do not sunbathe in the central hours (from 11 to 16). It is better to go to the beach early and sunbathe until 11am maximum, and then go back to sunbathing from 4pm onwards. However, it is important to expose yourself to a sun that is not too aggressive for at least 15 minutes a day: the sun helps to synthesize vitamin D that helps the absorption of calcium that goes to strengthen the bones and supports the healthy development of the foetus. But be careful, excessive exposure to the sun puts us at risk of dehydration, sunburn, overheating and stains on the skin of our faces.

Measures to be taken during the entire period of pregnancy

It is important to moisturize the skin: put a sunscreen with a protection factor of 50 at least 30 minutes before sunbathing. These products form an invisible barrier that protects against the harmful rays of the sun. Take many breaks during exposure, don't stay in the sun for too long, alternate with frequent hours of shade. And in the after-sun treatment, it moisturizes the skin well with both the products and the food.
The cream must have a broad protective spectrum for both UVA and UVB radiation. Also, don't miss a moisturizing cream with a protective factor for your daily skin, especially if you are at risk of developing pregnant chloasma.sun creams should be applied about 30 minutes before sun exposure and to be effective they should be spread regularly and generously, so make sure you cover your feet, ears and hands well, areas that are often underestimated.Most sun creams are also suitable during pregnancy, however, asking your pharmacist for advice and always use quality creams: better spend a few extra euros but use safe products. As for the lips, instead, you need cocoa butter with sunscreen.

Covering but not too much
When you are in the sun for a long time (always without exaggerating) is a must a wide-brimmed hat to protect the face and shoulders from the sun: it will help to create a shadow area and filter the sun. This is to prevent overheating of the body. Always wear light and colorful clothes that cover but at the same time allow the air to circulate. Use natural fabrics, cotton or linen that are fresher. Do not miss your sunglasses with protective lenses.

Drink a
It is always important to be well hydrated especially during pregnancy. If you are in a warm place strive to drink a lot and especially water. This will also help keep your skin fresh and reduce swelling and water retention. Don't forget to choose a diet that includes orange and red fruits: in addition to containing lots of beta-carotene, they have a capillary-protecting action, which improves the elasticity of the walls of the veins.

Sun on the belly
One of the biggest fears of pregnant women is to hurt the baby if they sunbathe on the belly. The amniotic fluid also serves to maintain a constant internal temperature in which the foetus lives and grows. Sunbathing while pregnant right on the belly does not in itself change the temperature of the amniotic fluid, or the inside of the body, but it is best to avoid direct sunshine on the belly especially to avoid overheating of the body. The sun on your belly doesn't hurt your child, but it's better to cover your belly while you're sunbathing, to avoid getting too hot (for example by opting for a whole costume).

5.Hours of shadow
It is absolutely not recommended to stay in the sun during peak hours (from 11.00 to 16.00). At this time, especially in the afternoon, opt for a regenerating nap.

Walking in the water
If you are in the third quarter quiet is the quietest as far as sunbathing is concerned, but it requires some extra care. The circulatory system of your legs could start to cause problems: swollen or weighed down legs, which you can relieve by taking a walk in the water.

Lucia Franco

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