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Is it safe to use a tanning bed while pregnant?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: UV & pregnancy

There have been no controlled studies of the direct effects of tanning or tanning beds on pregnant women or their unborn child.
In view of the evidence of damage from ultraviolet radiation to the skin of the mother, however, it makes sense to avoid this type of activity for the duration of pregnancy. However, research on pregnant mice showed fetal damage.

In brief: UV & pregnancy

There have been no controlled studies of the direct effects of tanning or tanning beds on pregnant women or their unborn child.
In view of the evidence of damage from ultraviolet radiation to the skin of the mother, however, it makes sense to avoid this type of activity for the duration of pregnancy. However, research on pregnant mice showed fetal damage.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Lara Devgan
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: No

Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone.
It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women.

In brief: No

Tanning is not safe and is not recommended for anyone.
It increases the risk of skin cancer and accelerates facial and body aging. Sunscreen with titanium and zinc can help protect you from uva and uvb rays, but avoiding sun exposure is best. Spray tanning and tanning lotions are a reasonable alternative to achieve a bronzed look, but they may not be safe for pregnant/ lactating women.
Dr. Lara Devgan
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Dr. William Banks Hinshaw
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

It is unreasonable to use a tanning bed whether you are pregnant or not.
Dermatologists and government health officials have recommended avoidance of excess sun exposure for years. Every day, i see older patients in my practice who are now concerned because of the cumulative damage to their skin from tanning beds and sun exposure. Do yourself a favor and abstain.

In brief: No

It is unreasonable to use a tanning bed whether you are pregnant or not.
Dermatologists and government health officials have recommended avoidance of excess sun exposure for years. Every day, i see older patients in my practice who are now concerned because of the cumulative damage to their skin from tanning beds and sun exposure. Do yourself a favor and abstain.
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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Obstetrics & Gynecology

In brief: No

Tanning beds aren't considered safe any time due to increased risks of skin cancer.
With pregnancy, most women are at increased risk for sunburn and getting overheated, both are easy to have happen with a tanning bed.

In brief: No

Tanning beds aren't considered safe any time due to increased risks of skin cancer.
With pregnancy, most women are at increased risk for sunburn and getting overheated, both are easy to have happen with a tanning bed.
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