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It’s Summer now! What Sunscreen is Safe for Pregnancy?

So Many to Choose From. Which Sunscreen to use While Pregnant?

With the sun finally shining and summer underway, we’re all spending more time outdoors. Keeping yourself safe from the sun’s rays is essential at the best of times, but even more so when you are pregnant. However, before you reach for any old bottle on the supermarket shelf, make sure you read the ingredients list, as you might be surprised to find what you’re rubbing into your skin!

Many of us might be forgiven for thinking that well-known brands are going to be safe, but that’s not always the case. Many of these have potentially harmful chemicals which could impact you and your baby’s health.

What to look for in a sunscreen

We all want to keep ourselves safe, but we know how confusing reading a list of ingredients that you might never have heard of can be! Don’t worry, though; our experienced OB/GYN team has taken a look at some of the best sunscreens for pregnant women.

You want to look for organic products where zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are the active ingredients, as these are hypoallergenic and are not absorbed by the skin. Brands such as the Earth Mama Organics Mineral Sunscreen, Blue Lizard Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen, and Coola Mineral Body Sunscreen are all fab solutions that will keep you safe and protected this summer.

One top tip – these organic mineral-based sunscreens are often a little thicker than what you might be used to. That means you’ll need to rub them in a little more than normal if you want to avoid that embarrassing lotion look!

Got a question about your pregnancy?

Being pregnant is a wonderful time, but it can also be tough. So if you have a question or need support, Integrative Obstetrics is here to help you. We’re a leading OB/GYN practice, and our dedicated team is here to help you feel supported, safe, and confident. Want to find out more? Get in touch today!