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Are you pregnant in the summer months? Great to enjoy the sun. But be careful, because too much sun is not good for you and your baby. Here you can read why.

Pregnancy mask

UV rays from the sun make your body vitamin D. This is good for building your bones, among other things. But with prolonged exposure to sunlight, your skin ages quickly.

If you are pregnant, it is wise not to spend too much time in the sun. There is a chance that you will get pigment spots in your face: a so-called pregnancy mask. The pigmentation of your skin changes when you are pregnant. In addition, pregnant women are often less able to withstand the heat.


Is UV radiation also harmful to your unborn baby? No, because UV radiation does not pass through the uterus.

However, you should be careful with sunbathing, because the heat may be harmful to your unborn child. With an elevated body temperature early in pregnancy, you have a slightly higher risk of congenital abnormalities in the baby. In addition, overheating can potentially lead to a miscarriage.

The advice for pregnant women is therefore to sunbathe in moderation, especially in the first months. Avoid staying in the sun for more than 15 minutes.

Also read – How to protect your child from the sun >


Make sure you drink enough water on hot days. If you sweat a lot, but the moisture is not replenished enough, you can become dehydrated. It then takes more effort for your body to pump blood. In severe cases, this can reduce blood flow to your baby. In this way, fewer nutrients reach the placenta. So: enough shade and enough water (more than 1.5 liters per day) is a must.

“Enough shade and enough water (more than 1.5 liters per day) is a must.”

To burn

If you expose your body to the full sun, it is always wise to apply good sunscreen. Choose a sunscreen with a high factor: 30 or more.

Lubricate your skin well before you go outside and repeat this every two hours. You also have to reapply after swimming, because part of the sunscreen can disappear when you dry it off. You can also wear covering clothing, such as an airy dress or a hat.

If you are pregnant, avoid the sun between twelve and three o’clock in the afternoon: that is when the sun’s power is strongest. You also have to be careful in the shade, because even there you can burn. Be extra careful on a boat and on winter sports: water and snow reflect UV rays.

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