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is spray tanning ok during pregnancy?

I have a wedding in July and want to get a spray tan. is it ok during pregnancy? I've never done it before. thanks!
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From what I've read, spray tans haven't been proven safe for use during pregnancy - also, supposedly your pregnancy hormones can make your skin react differently to the tanner and turn orange! I would not risk it.
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anyone else have thoughts?
right now i have one scheduled april 21st to see how it looks and then again july 21st a few days before the wedding.
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My doctor told me to bring in the list of the chemicals in it and he can see if he would give an ok or not, i never did cause i just stopped caring how white i was haha.
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They second one being so close to the wedding day is a no no anyways not being pregnant. How far along are you? You may be okay if you aren't that far along. Is it a spray that someone puts on you or the tan that sprays from the wall?
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dark raven: what do you mean its a "no no" being so close to the wedding? she told me that you want it about 2 days before the wedding so i'm getting it done thursday afternoon and that wedding is saturday afternoon.
tomorrow i will be 8wks pregnant. its not an automatic sprayer, the lady does it by hand. i know i've read people being worried about breathing in the spray but i figure i can hold my breath and ask her to stop for a moment if need be. ive never done this before so i have no idea. thanks!!!

i hate to be so white when i'm already the "heavier" girl of all the bridesmaids and now i'm pregnant so as my lovely husband jokes (he's totally joking he'd never be mean) that i'll be the Shamu of the wedding b/c our dresses are a bright blue! LOL!  
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i really dont' think it should be a problem. I do body painting and a lot of pregnant people get painted by airbrush and there hasn't been any affects that I know of. Spray tanning is a bit more longer lasting but I think you should be fine. I think Dark Raven is saying no so close to the wedding just incase there is a problem...like turning orange or the tan being too dark.
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If you do decide to do it, maybe get a spot tested a couple days before u want it done so you cna make sure you skin wont react weird to it...
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hmmmm..the lady i talked to said to do it within 2 days before the event so it looks nice and fresh. i guess when i get it done on the 21st of this month i'll see how i react to it.
do you feel sticky after it?
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a lady who i no took a nail and beauty course and she said your not allowed to have spray tans if your pregnant x
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This is from a magazine I picked up at the OB's office today....

Spray Tanning- It's a huge question mark and not only because the chemicals are touching your skin. It's also because of what you're inhaling. It's better not to take any chances, especially over a little extra bronxing. Just remember Pale is pretty too.
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I wouldn't risk it.  I understand you're heavier and pale but which is more important?  How you look in the wedding or the health of your unborn child?

And I think the reason why DarkRaven said the later tanning is a no no is because you'll be further along in your pregnancy.  Why not just lay out in the sun?  Seems like a simple solution to me.
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i don't want to start an arugment but i do not and will never again lay out in the sun. i am an OR nurse and see TONS of people come through for reconstructive surgery b/c of skin cancer. its so sad and horrible to see.
i will talk to my OB and see what she has to say and go from there.
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I just did some reading online. They say NOT to do it during the first trimester but after that it's better than going tanning in the sun or in a tanning bed. They say on the American Pregnancy Org. Website that it is the safer option for pregnant women. So I would probably cancel the appt for this month and wait until you're out of your first trimester to test it. They say it is because they all contain DHA, whether it be spray on or the creams or foams they sell in the stores.
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Did it say anything about the side effects?
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thank you mamikarina.  I will email my OB tomorrow at work and get her thoughts. i could wait a few more weeks so i'm out of the first trimester. :)

i appreciate all the input!
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You can't tan in a tanning bed while pregnant either. Most tanning salons will not allow pregnant women to do that.

I would maybe see if there's some organic or earth-friendly tanner. Because honestly anything you inhale, eat, drink or put on your skin is absorbed into your blood stream and passed onto baby through the placenta. I wouldn't personally risk it unless you found something with safe ingredients.
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It said the main problem would be a possible skin reaction since your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy. They said if you do spray tanning to use a salon where a person does it rather than a machine so you can stop and take breaths as needed.
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yep i am going somewhere that a person does it not a machine and i've read several places that your body does't absorb it b/c it only sprayed on your top layer of skin which is dead skin so it doens't absorb so your baby does not get it. which makes sense why it only last about a week b/c you shed your skin then.
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This has just freaked me out i have used fake tan myself twice now
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Fake tanning lotions and sprays are a popular and safer alternative to spending time in the sun to get a tan.

The active ingredient in fake tan is Dihydroxyacetone (DHA). It is a non-toxic substance that reacts with cells in the outermost layer of the skin and produces a brown pigment (colour) called melanoidin. The outer skin cells are already dead, and are shed as the skin constantly renews itself. This is why fake tan needs to be regularly re-applied to maintain the colour. The DHA doesn't go beyond the outer layer of skin and therefore isn't absorbed into the body.

Although there are no known dangers of using tanning lotions, they can sometimes cause an allergic reaction. For this reason, it's advisable not to use fake tan during pregnancy, as changes in hormone levels can make the skin more sensitive than normal. If you do use fake tan, always test the product on a small area of skin first to see if you have a reaction.

Although some fake tans contain sun protection, the SPF (sun protection factor) is usually very low. Increased skin sensitivity when pregnant can mean you're more likely to burn, so use a high protection cream (minimum 15) and stay out of the sun as much as possible.

Tanning pills are banned in the UK and should not be used by anyone, including pregnant women. They contain large quantities of beta-carotene or canthaxanthin, which are commonly used as food colourings and can be toxic to an unborn baby. Other side effects may include hepatitis and damage to the retina, the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.

I HOPE THIS HAS HELPED :)
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It's safe for you to use most fake tans during pregnancy. The only products you may need to be careful with are tans that are sprayed on, particularly in a booth.

Fake tans have become popular as we are now more aware of the risks associated with sunbathing and sunbeds. You can buy fake tans as sprays, mousses, creams and wipes. Beauty salons also offer spray-on tans for your whole body.

The active ingredient in fake tan is dihydroxyacetone (DHA). DHA is a type of sugar. It's non-toxic and works by interacting with the protein of the skin cells in the top layer of your skin. In this layer, the skins cells are dead.

The chemical reaction within these dead cells results in the production of a brown pigment called melanoidin. Some fake tans also contain an ingredient called erythrulose, which works in the same way as DHA.

DHA and erythrulose won't harm your baby if you use them as a mousse, cream or wipe. When rubbed onto your skin, DHA and erythrulose don’t go beyond the top cell layer. This means they aren’t absorbed into your system. As your skin is constantly renewing itself, the fake tan fades as the skins cells are shed.

However, if you use a fake tan spray or a spray-tanning booth, then you may inhale some of the DHA or erythrulose. We don’t know how it will affect you or your baby if you inhale the chemicals.

To be on the safe side during pregnancy, try to stick with fake tans that you can apply by rubbing, not spraying. If you do want to use a spray, make sure the room is well aired. Also protect your eyes and lips with barrier cream or petroleum jelly.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that fake tans can occasionally cause allergic reactions. You may not have had a reaction to fake tan before, but your skin can become more sensitive in pregnancy because of hormone level changes. Do a small patch test first to see if you are allergic to the ingredients, even if you used the product before you became pregnant.

Always buy fake tan products from a reputable supplier. Never use the following products:

•Tanning pills, which are sold online. Tanning pills may contain excessive levels of colour additives (carotenoids) that could harm your unborn baby. Pills containing the carotenoid, canthaxanthin, are banned from sale in the UK and the US.



•Tanning injections, often called melanotan, that are sold online and in some tanning salons. Melanotan is unlicensed and has not been tested for safety or quality. For your own safety and your baby's safety, don't have tanning injections, either while you're pregnant or after you've had your baby.
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i spoke to my OB today and she said to avoid it in the first trimester but after that it is ok if its just for an occassion not something on a regular basis and just remember to try to limit inhilation, ect.. :) i rescheduled my appt so I'll be 13.5wks. :) thanks for all the input!
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That's actually not true. Topicals are usually limited to the skin. Transdermal ointments, on the other hand, DO penetrate the skin and may enter the bloodstream.
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That's actually not true. Topical ointments are typically local, and do not penetrate into the bloodstream. Transdermal ointments, on the other hand, are meant to pass through your skin into either your lymph system or your bloodstream.
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Additionally, there are certain medications that do not always cross the placenta lining. I am currently taking Lovenox while pregnant, because it is a blood thinner. I am at risk for clotting, but this is the only blood thinner that is safe during pregnancy because it does NOT cross the placenta lining. Anyway, it is always best to err on the side of caution.
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Where I used to tan the lady who worked there was pregnant and used to get spray tans she loved the smell lol but idk I would look into it or what about self tanner ?
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