Sun exposure while pregnant

I have heard that sun exposure on the bare belly of a mom-to-be is bad for the unborn baby. I plan to be on the beach a lot this summer. Is there any danger?

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The dangers of sun exposure are the same for all people: An associated risk of sun cancer, for one. You should limit exposure to the time before 10am or after 4pm and use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. The fetus would not feel the effects of the heat as he or she is well insulated. Thanks for the interesting question and try not to get too much sun.

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