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Old 03-16-2010, 08:19 AM
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Self Tanning Lotions during Pregnancy

I know there isn't much research for/against self-tanning lotions or spray tanning when pregnant. I definitely don't want to harm my baby but I am trying to figure out if there are any safe tanning options. I have a spray tan package at a tanning salon that I am going to cancel now that I am pregnant. It seems that the main concern is breathing in the fumes and potential DHA absorption into the blood stream.

I am wondering if any self-tanning lotions are safe. There are some that are DHA free but I am not really sure about the other ingredients.


Also, does anyone know if there are certain sunscreens that shouldn't be used in pregnancy?

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Old 03-16-2010, 07:03 PM
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Can I use self-tanning lotions or sprays when I’m pregnant? - March of Dimes
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Self-tanning lotions and sprays are probably safe to use during pregnancy. Getting a “real” tan, either outdoors or in a tanning bed, exposes you to harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. These rays are bad for you, but worse for your developing baby. UV rays may prevent your body from absorbing folic acid. This vitamin helps your baby's brain and spinal cord develop.
Tanning lotions don't contain ultraviolet light. Research is very limited and has not proven self-tanning lotions to be safe or unsafe. But compared to the harmful UV rays of the sun, there may be little risk in faking that summer glow.

Pregnant women often have sensitive skin. They may get sunburned more easily. Skin care products may irritate the skin, even though they didn't bother the pregnant woman before pregnancy. This is why you should always test products on a small area of skin first.
kinda what i would have suggested. personally, i would embrace being pale for the short time you're pregnant since most of these lotions are relatively new and untested...but i didn't even like to take Tylenol.
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Old 03-16-2010, 07:05 PM
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FWIW, I used tanning lotions with both my first & second pregnancy, and with this last one did the Mystic (spray) tan all they way until 8 months, and then just did the lotion. 3 healthy and happy babies. Just my .02, but of course as Shi said, alot of this stuff is relatively new. My doctor did not tell me NOT to.

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