First of all, remember that both indoor artificial and outdoor natural tanning puts you at risk of skin cancer and early wrinkles. In any case, think twice before going for a tan and follow the recommendations below to keep both you and the baby as healthy as possible.
There are no official records of indoor tanning doing considerable fetus harming, but why risk it? Remember to use common sense if you're pregnant and you want to pursue a tan. Tanning during the first trimester of pregnancy is highly unadvisable. Your body is still adjusting and this also is an important period for the future baby's health and well-being. If your body is overheated, a risk of spinal malformations connected with folic acid deficiency appears on the scene. It occurs as a result of subjecting your body to 102 Fahrenheit degrees of heat for the period of several hours.
Salons only use a tanning bed temperature of 100 Fahrenheit or lower. Regardless, whenever you come to a tanning salon, have a doctor's permit ready, as most reputable tanning salons won't have you anywhere around their tanning devices if you are pregnant and have no doctor's permit stating that rays damage is not a threat to you or your child. But the good news is that rays damage has nothing to do with harming the fetus. The rays are unable to penetrate so deep into your body to produce any effects of the kind.
If you absolutely can't go without a tan, wait until later, like second or even third trimester. And even then limit the tanning period to ten or fifteen minutes. Even if you resolve to get an indoor tan during pregnancy, look for a salon with a standing tanning booth or make sure to lie on your side at all times during the tanning sessions.
Tanning also holds some danger for a mother's sensetive skin in store. As your body's condition alters, the skin becomes more vulnerable to the aggressive effects of rays damage. So, whether you head off to a beach or for a picnic in the country or just an invigorating walk in the park, get yourself chained to a bottle of sunscreen with at least SPF 30. It might come as a surprise, but it's better to wear a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 under your clothes, too.
Although the area is not exposed to the sun, a mother's sensitive skin can still feel the negative effects of the ray's damage. In order to avoid dehydration, keep drinking at least eight glasses of water per day unless otherwise advised by a medical professional. Carrying around a sunhat couldn't hurt. If you start feeling tired, sick or dizzy, go inside that very instant.
Rays damage can come in a form of Melasma - an absolutely disgusting skin disease, which leaves your skin with brown spots all over. In most cases this nasty condition wears off gradually, but there were cases when the effects became permanent. At any rate, a tailor-made doctor's advice is the first thing you'll be taking into consideration.
So, besides all the negative effects rays damage produces upon your skin, fetus harming is not an issue when tanning. But a mother's sensitive skin should be taken care of with all the responsibility available.