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Cynthia FlynnTanning Beds During Pregnancy
by Cynthia Flynn, CNM, Ph.D.

Q. Is it safe to use a tanning bed at 6 months of pregnancy? I'm going to the beach for a week and wanted to get a base tan first, so I don't burn to a crisp

A. I don't recommend anything to my clients that might raise their core body temperatures--hot tubs, saunas, sunbathing on a hot day or tanning beds. I know I'm probably being too cautious and that probably nothing bad would happen, but I'm just not willing to take the chance. I would tell my clients to stay out of the sun anyway, so you wouldn't need a base tan!

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