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Just wanting to know if it is safe to tan during pregnancy? Please answer i'm 8 weeeks and forgot to ask Dr. When I was there thursday. If you can help


Last edited by lknotts03 on April 25th, 2004 10:09 AM; edited 1 time in total
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replied April 25th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
Not n a tanning bed at all, but if u want to go in the sun wear some type of sunscreen and dont stay out too long b/c of overheating...And dont let ur belly get too hot :d
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replied April 26th, 2004
Tanning & Pregnant
Ok thank you wasn't sure had a coworker say her dr said it was fine to use a tanning bed. I did'nt think it was safe but wanted to be sure. Thank you
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replied April 26th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
Np..Check ne where, it will say no tanning beds! Too much uv rays..
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replied June 26th, 2004
Tanning Beds While Pregnant
"there is no evidence that radiation from a tanning bed would cause harm to the embryo or fetus. Lights in a tanning bed emit uva or ultraviolet a radiation, similar to the tanning rays emitted by the sun although they are more concentrated in a tanning bed. Uva radiation is not very penetrating¬óclothes can stop it as you can tell by tan marks when you wear a t-shirt out on a sunny afternoon. Uva radiation is not able to penetrate through the skin and abdominal tissue to expose the fetus. There is no reason for concern."

kelly classic
certified medical health physicist
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replied August 3rd, 2004
Hello I have two kids and I tanned when I was pregnant with both
of them when I got further along I covered my lower abdomen after
7 minutes of tanning just to be safe but my doctor said not to but it
was know different then the radiation from an ultrasound so I would say
if yu want to tan cover your lower abdomen half way threw thats what
i did
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replied August 12th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
Omg!!!!!!!!!!You claim to be nurse and you are telling girls it is okay to tan in a tanning bed while pregnant? What is wrong with you?


No tanning beds while pregnant! You can tan outside with sunscreen, but be sure not to burn or overheat. No tanning beds!


Just because one person does something and they are okay, doesn't make it okay and it is very immature and irresponsible to tell people that it is alright to do something that is dangerous!
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replied August 12th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
Some Proof
) although not harmful to your baby, tanning is still harmful to you, so be aware of the risks associated with cancer.

2) particularly if you have dark hair or are prone to cholasma, if you get the "mask of pregnancy" (cholasma - the darkening of skin around the eyes, cheeks, nose that can make you look somewhat like a racoon) during pregnancy, tanning will make this condition darker.

3) some tanning salon owners will not allow you to tan while pregnant or may ask you to provide a "doctor's note" to do so.

4) because tanning beds are relatively new, there have not been any studies done on the effects of uva during pregnancy, so all information/advice is theoretical in nature.



Also:
is indoor tanning the same as tanning in the sun?

Yes. A photon of uv light is the same whether it comes from the sun or from a uv lamp. When tanning indoors, your body produces a tan in the same manner as when you tan outdoors. An important advantage of tanning indoors is that the amount of uv light you receive is regulated, and there is greater control of exposure. You can gradually increase your exposure times to get a tan, while helping to minimize sunburn. [back to top]



is it alright to sunbathe outside immediately before or after I go tanning?

No. Going tanning before or after sunbathing outside can lead to overexposure and possible damage to your skin. If you have spent considerable time in the sun, chances are that you have received significant uv exposure. Jumping in a tanning bed after a day at the beach will not make you tan quicker, it will only increase the chances of a burn, and the likelihood of damaging you skin. [back to top]



do I have to wear eye protection when tanning indoors?

Yes. Your eyelids do not provide adequate protection from uv light. Although there may be no immediate symptoms, damage may be occurring to your eyes which can lead to vision problems. Always wear eye protection when tanning--you only get one pair of eyes. Strict federal laws require that protection be worn by every indoor tanner. It's a must that each indoor tanner wear protective eyewear that meets the minimum fda standard. [back to top]



can I tan while I am pregnant?

No. Probably not for the reason you think, either. It does not have to do with the "tanning" part of the experience, as in the uv rays, but rather the heat produced by the tanning unit. Excess heat can be harmful to the pregnancy and can cause complications. You should not tan while you are pregnant. [back to top]





p.S girls, while looking up "tanning while pregnant" beware of the some of the sites that pop up. They are porn and really nasty! Embarassed
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replied August 12th, 2004
You can tan while pregnant it is ok there is nothing that says
ultraviolet radiation is harmful to fetus you say tan in the sun well
your the one that needs to think what your saying cause tanning in a
bikini is no different then laying on your back in a tanning bed now is it
and yes some women do wear bikinis while there pregnant so you tell
me the difference we have several pregnant women that comes in
our office that tans
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replied August 12th, 2004
Extremely eHealthy
Did you not even read the information I provided? It says that there has been no studies on how uv rays affect a fetus, but that tanning in a tanning bed is still dangerous because the risk of overheating. Yes, there is a difference between tanning in a bed and outdoors. Obviously. If you tan in bed it is more intense and gets quite hot, whereas if you tan outside on a day where it is not too hot/humid and there is a breeze, there is less of a chance of overheating.
Stop misleading these girls. It is very irresponsible.
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replied August 12th, 2004
Active User, very eHealthy
Yes there is a differance from lying on a tanning bed than sitting outside. The uv lights are more concentrated and the heat can become intense the longer your in there. Eight minutes worth of tanning is a weeks worth of lying out in the sun. Do you not realise that?



If the question is to do something that isnt natural to your body for example: smoking,drinking, sunbeds or drugs: then the risks are always going to be high. Thats my theory anyway. I certainly wouldnt be telling people it's quite alright to use sunbeds when you just never know.


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replied August 12th, 2004
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sweetsuzi wrote:
yes there is a differance from lying on a tanning bed than sitting outside. The uv lights are more concentrated and the heat can become intense the longer your in there. Eight minutes worth of tanning is a weeks worth of lying out in the sun. Do you not realise that?


as suzi says of course it is different - do you sunbathe just a few inches from the source - no.
How do you know the rays from a sun bed are exactly the same they do not come from the same source after all. That's like saying all carrots have the same nutrional value - i'm sure the ones my grandad grows are much more nutritional than those I can buy in a supermarket, but they are still carrots!

Your eyelids do not provide adequate protection from uv light <<< now I always wondered why they gave u cute goggles (used a bed once - far to sticky and boring) Rolling Eyes
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replied August 12th, 2004
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kia_breizzze wrote:
as suzi says of course it is different - do you sunbathe just a few inches from the source - no.


lol too funny
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replied August 12th, 2004
Experienced User
When I went to the tanning bed when I was younger, there was a big sign in all the rooms that said "do not use tanning beds while pregnant." what more do you need to know, dont question it just go with it.

~steph~
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replied August 14th, 2004
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If you are not sure what the outcome will be,it would be best not to tan while pregnant.If the research is not conclusive ,why risk the health of your baby for vanity??Same goes for toothwhitening and haircolor.If your not sure,don't risk it.Your baby only gets one chance to develop healthy,you can be tan,blonde and whitened afterwards!! Smile patty
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