The Effect of Self Tanners on Your Heart
Now that summer is here, I can really feel the heat. The temperature keeps going up and we’re expected to see some consistent 90 plus degree-days next week. Since I’m pregnant, I’m dreading those hot days, considering my body temperature feels like it’s 100 degrees or more. But alas, my husband figured out a way to cool me off, he bought a pool. It’s nothing fancy, just one of those 15 foot round blow up varieties you can find at your nearest Walmart, but nonetheless, a mass of cool water and I’m ready to jump in. But since I haven’t spent much time outdoors, I wanted to make sure my soon to be days in the sun were safe.
Some people spend time outdoors to actually get a tan. I know I always feel like I look better with some color to my skin. I usually stick to the natural sun or the self-tanners. I’ve used tanning beds on occasion, but not too much. I have many friends who do though. Tanning beds can reduce the risk of overheating, but when pregnant, the same risks apply. The ultraviolet rays from the tanning bed can increase the signs of aging and increase the risks of skin cancer.
As far as my stroke history, my neurologist told me I could tan or use self-tanners. It never affected my medication, which was Coumadin, before I got pregnant. The only risks were with sunburn and skin cancer. There’s nothing wrong with spending time in the sun or getting a nice tan, just do it safely and always wear sunscreen.