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Sun exposure during pregnancy

 

It's a known fact that exposure to the sun can be harmful, but pregnant women have extra reasons to fear the sun. If you don't want to end up with the 'mask of pregnancy' (chloasma), stay clear of UV rays! These brown marks are caused by a combination of sun exposure and hormonal change. The discreet brown line that forms along your stomach during pregnancy will turn dark brown if you expose it to the sun. And it goes without saying that you should avoid UV sunbeds and tanning pills.

Advice:
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Don't go out in the sun between midday and 4pm, and don't expose your face.
- Wear a big hat and make sure you drink plenty of water.
- If you're desperate to get a bit of color, fake it!
- If you do go out in the sun, use sun protection with a high SPF (sun protection factor), apply it half an hour before going out and reapply every two hours. And as you'll be very sensitive to smell, sniff your sun cream before you buy.




  
  

Parenting Editor
07/15/2012
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