The risk of miscarriage gets less the further along in pregnancy you get. So by 15 weeks your risk is less than 1% and probably lower than that. Also both your babies are the same size, separate sacs and separate placentas so they have every chance to thrive individually. You worry about losing one twin and keeping one and what would happen? Once again the chance of this happening to you is very small and the risk is the same for each baby. If this were to happen, most likely, you will reabsorb the other twin – rarely an operation is needed however as yours are the same size it would be very unlikely.
Fake Tan and Pregnancy
Should you or should you not use fake tan when you are pregnant?
Dihydroxyavetone(DHA), which is the active ingredient in fake tan reacts with the dead skin cells in the top layer of your skin and forms melatonin, the brown pigment in your skin. It is reported to not absorb into your skin. However, are no studies to confirm this but it has been in cosmetics since 1960. So in theory a fake tan is safe. However, even though the active ingredient is a non-toxic substance and is theoretically not absorbed, it can cause allergic reactions even if you had no problems before you were pregnant. When you are pregnant your immune system changes and you may be more sensitive to substances. If you still decide to have a fake tan then do a test area first. Also use moose or creams rather than the spray as you may inhale the fake tan and the effects on a baby are unknown. Never take a tanning pill or injection when pregnant.
Sun bathing and Pregnancy
A little bit of sun is good for us all especially as it increases our vitamin D levels. However, too much and you damage your skin and your skin looks older and more ‘leathery’ than it should. Sun burn increases your chances of developing skin cancer.
When you are pregnant your skin is more sensitive to the sun UV rays and you tan more easily. However you may tan differently -you can get dark patches on your face called chloasma or the dark line down the middle of your tummy may be more pronounced.
There is also evidence that too much sun decreases your folic acid levels so it is especially important to avoid too much sun when trying to conceive or early on in pregnancy.
Too much sun also may cause dehydration and over heating – neither are good for your baby and you may get strong headaches. Do remember your baby is always hotter than you! You are also more at risk of getting ‘hives’ or heat rash. If this happens you need to cool down, stay indoors and drink lots of water. If you drink a glass of water with a little salt and a little sugar in it; this can really help if you are dehydrated.
Other topical substances to avoid -retinoid – found in anti-aging creams or acne,, parabens in shampoos and conditioners and p-Phenylenediamine in some hair colourants, hairspray and conditioners.
© DW 2013