Pregnancy and Tanning Beds- Go by doctor’s advice!

Pregnancy is a great experience but at times it can also be a bit of devastating. There is a never ending list of the dos and don’ts recommending and prohibiting a large number of things. When it comes to use tanning beds during the pregnancy, you could come across a lot of confusion. In fact, at present, there are no hard facts to suggest that tanning beds can cause any harm to the unborn baby.

Coming to the overuse of the tanning beds, it means an excessive exposure to the UVA and UVB rays. Since these rays can damage the skin and increase the risk of malignant melanoma, it is better to avoid them. However, there is no proper evidence that these rays can go deep and affect the health of the unborn child.

If you are pregnant and wishing to go for tanning process, then it is important for you to take a medical prescription from your doctor. The doctor does a proper health check on you and on the unborn child before granting permission to use tanning beds. If the doctor finds every thing fine only then he issues a health note. Many salons demand a prescription before they allow a pregnant woman to enter in a tanning bed.

However, as a consensus, most doctors and midwives do not want to take risk and advise against using tanning beds. Nevertheless, if they really want to go for the tanning process, they can go for the shorter processes. They must avoid those longer session as this protects both mother as well as child from getting damage.

The main reason doctors suggest to avoid using tanning beds while pregnancy is that the overheating can create problems for both mother and child. Since overheating (hyperthermia) has been associated with some spinal defects of the fetus, over-exposure of the heat may harm both child and mother considerably. That is why, not only the tanning beds but doctors also advise to avoid hot bath tubs and sauna therapies for pregnant women.

In any way, hyperthermia only occurs when the body is exposed to more then 102 Fahrenheit for a period of several hours. So, the maximum temperature that is harmless for a pregnant lady is 100 Fahrenheit and the session should not exceed 10-15 minutes. Since the pregnancy is a delicate matter, women must go by the doctor’s advice and by doing so, the pregnant women can take advantages of the tanning beds.