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Is it ok to sunbathe in a bikini or should bumps be covered up

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Wills Thu 18-Jun-09 15:13:00

I'm off to Italy and Florida during this pregnancy. I already own a bikini but not a swim costume. I vaguely remember being told that bumps have to be covered as the sunlight can penetrate through the skin to the baby. Is that true? I mean if my skin and fatty layers can't protect how will buying (a blooming expensive cos its got a maternity label) full swim costume make that much of a difference. I mean I don't suppose I gonna look particularly great in a bikini BUT I'm only going to an Italian campsite and my mum's villa - besides if I dress the kids cutely everyone looks at them instead grin.

So do bumps need to be covered?

M78 Thu 18-Jun-09 15:38:51

I just thought that you needed to be careful not to overheat actually. I have been on holiday in Italy 3 wks ago and spent every day on the beach in a bikini, I am going back in 3 weeks for another 2 wks break and I am planning on doing the same. I think the important thing is to put a lot of cream as the skin is thinner and you run the risk of burning more easily.

Maveta Thu 18-Jun-09 15:43:09

No way! But agree with lots of cream. Even if you don't burn easily do be really careful of tanning as you can end up very patchy.

Wills Thu 18-Jun-09 17:43:23

thanks ladies. I get the idea of the skin being thiner that makes more sense. it was just the idea that i had to use a thin piece of fabric....

FifiOK Thu 18-Jun-09 18:08:33

I remember reading some report ages ago that sunlight on pregnant tummies was good for developing babies, particularly for those due in winter months. As long as you don't burn of course.

KirstyJC Thu 18-Jun-09 18:11:42

I went sunbathing with my DS when I was about 7 months pregnant and he loved it - whenever I pulled up my top and let the bump get the sun he started jiggling and kicking! grin

Did plaster myself in cream though, just in case.

justlookatthatbooty Thu 18-Jun-09 18:36:25

Hi there

Enjoy the sun, just bear in mind that tanning makes any stretch marks or future ones much worse, at the actual time of the them developing I mean, not after the event. Take care to protect your skin heavily.

Have great hols!

Wills Thu 18-Jun-09 21:56:06

fab. Thankyou ladies

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