Will Using Tanning Beds Effect Conception?

QUESTION

Dear Fitness Expert,
Will regular usage of tanning beds effect my chances of getting pregnant?

Thanks.

ANSWER

While there is no scientific correlation between tanning and conception, the American Medical Association along with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology highly discourage this practice. Unclean tanning beds can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria, not to mention the damage done to your skin.

While this is presumably all news you have heard/read before, you are obviously thinking about motherhood. Now is the time to begin caring for yourself -- this means long term care of your health. Once you become pregnant, your OB/GYN will become more vocal about discouraging tanning. Try instant sprays or lotion. While they are only temporary, they are far healthier.

-- Alex

Alexandra Allred

Alexandra Allred is a former member of the US Women's Bobsled team, is an accomplished martial artist, and continues to teach kickboxing while juggling her career as a full-time writer and mother of three. She has interviewed hundreds of athletes, models, actresses, trainers, doctors, and health/fitness experts as she sought to find answers to her own questions about working out while pregnant, arranging breast-feeding around a training schedule, diet when pregnant and breastfeeding, and encouraging her whole family.

Alex is the author of ten books, including Atta Girl! A Celebration of Women in Sports and Entering the Mother Zone: Balancing Self, Health & Family. We're excited to have her on board!