1. Choose your sunscreen carefully
Pick a formula that guards against UVA and UVB rays with an SPF of 30 or higher. In your extra-sensitive state, steer clear of chemical sunscreens and go for physical blockers (the label will list zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as main ingredients). They sit on top of skin, rather than being absorbed into it.
2. Be aware that your skin is extra sensitive now
Pregnancy alters your immune system, which may put you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer if you don't take precautions. Your skin more susceptible to discolouration (anything from freckles to melasma) when it's exposed to UV rays. Be sure to always wear a good quality sunscreen, avoid direct sunlight in the middle of the day and always re-apply sunscreen after swimming or if you have been swimming.
3. Protect your pregnancy bump!
Don't want your linea negra to get darker? Then you'll need to cover up by wearing a full piece maternity swimsuit or a lightly fitting sun protection top over your bikini. There are lots of lovely full and half length summer dresses designed to be worn at the beach so that you can have fun choosing a style.
4. Sunglasses and a hat
Make sure your sunglasses have 100% UV protection and wear a wide brimmed hat. Baseball caps don't cut it in the height of the Australian sun as they leave the back of your neck exposed. Choose a wide brimmed straw hat for a fun beach look!
5. Avoid sunbathing or being in the sun in the middle of the day
The best times to enjoy the beach are early in the day or late afternoon. The sun and UV rays are at their peek at midday, so it makes sense to avoid the sun then.