Aesthetic concern is common among women all over the world. Despite different patterns and different cultures and treatments chosen by them, they all like to feel beautiful and well with their own bodies, even during pregnancy. And one of the cares that causes a lot of doubts is artificial tanning in pregnancy, can it?
Pregnancy is a period when the woman tends to become more sensitive also with her own body. It is a period of change in which many new things end up appearing and generating doubts and uncertainties in some women about their bodies and their beauty. Of course, there are other factors to be assessed, but this is one of the main reasons why women decide to tan during pregnancy.
Certain treatments, such as artificial tanning, for example, are carried out under certain risks, depending on several factors such as how much the woman intends to tan and under what procedures she will undergo, in addition to confidence in the type of machine to be used in these procedures.
Can or Can Not Tanning in Pregnancy?
That is exactly why this type of activity is not recommended for pregnant women . Although it is not expressly forbidden, it is common knowledge that tanning can cause some damage and so the best thing to do is not to put the baby in a situation that could harm him.
To better understand the processes and risks, we first need to know what tanning is and how it affects people’s bodies.
What is Tanning?
When it comes to artificial tanning, it means the practice of applying some substance to your body that simulates the action of the sun on your skin , thus producing an effect similar to sun tanning, known to all. There is not only one type of artificial tanning, they are different from each other and in their effects on human skin. The main types are:
- Tanning Tanks
- Jet Tanning
Each of these types has different effects on the human body, positive or negative. There are crucial differences between the types of tanning beds and that is why they deserve a detailed explanation about them.
It is the most famous type of artificial tanning, it works as a true simulation of the effect of the sun, emitting ultraviolet rays directly on people’s skin. Created many decades ago, this type of device is banned in several countries around the world due to the health risks it brings.
Still, many people insist on wanting to achieve aesthetic standards and end up resorting to illegal clinics or even traveling to countries where the process is allowed. The main risks that tanning beds bring are:
- Skin cancer
For these reasons, this type of device is prohibited even in Brazil, for aesthetic purposes. So, we can conclude that this type of tanning in pregnancy is bad.
This type of treatment is one of the most famous today and popular with people who want to tan. Self-tanners are creams that contain substances that can cause chemical reactions .
For this reason, this type of tanning in pregnancy is also not recommended, even if they do not harm people who are not pregnant, of course when used correctly.
Made like a real jet of products directly on the person’s skin. There are no contraindications for this type of artificial tanning in pregnancy, since it is done through substances that have an effect on the skin, but are not absorbed by the body.
Of course, it is always recommended to seek help from a doctor before doing any type of artificial tanning, even if there are no contraindications for pregnant women.
Risks of Tanning in Pregnancy
The risks posed by treatments during pregnancy are almost the same as those that normally exist. In general, care should be taken with substances that cause some type of reaction that can affect the baby.
As I said earlier, to make sure that you are doing a safe aesthetic process for both you and the baby, it is essential to talk to your doctor and evaluate the risks and benefits you can have with treatments of this type.
Often doctors may recommend that you wait until delivery to think about treatment later. There are still cases in which the woman should expect to stop breastfeeding so that there is no risk that any substance will interfere with the baby’s feeding and, consequently, in its initial formation.
Often women feel ugly or that they are losing their beauty because of pregnancy and end up resorting to aesthetic processes such as tanning in pregnancy.
It is important to understand that pregnancy is a natural process and that it affects the body of all women who go through it, of course not all in exactly the same way, but still, it causes similar effects in all of them.
The most recommendable thing is to take care of your health during pregnancy so that your body can recover well after delivery and so that the mother and baby will go through these 9 months without any major problems. It is also important to be attentive to postpartum recommendations so that no process affects the baby’s breastfeeding and, consequently, its health.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.