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FutureStarrAStomach Tattoos After Pregnancy
Women experience changes to their skin during pregnancy. It’s inevitable! As your tummy stretches, so may any tattoos that you have around your waist, pelvis or mid-section. Stretch marks occur as your baby grows. They form as your skin is put under tension and is not elastic enough to absorb the stretch. They can appear red or purple when the blood vessels below become visible. If you do develop stretch marks during your pregnancy, they may be visible through your tattoo and can distort the way your tattoo looks. But there are steps you can take to prevent pregnancy stretch marks and prevent your tattoo from stretching during pregnancy.
According to Skin Artists, pregnancy can change the appearance of your tattoos depending on where they are placed, because in areas where your skin stretches more, you'll note more of a change. Tattoos on your hands, feet, wrists, or ankles would be least affected, Skin Artists noted, while tattoos on your hips, belly, thighs, or breasts may change due to stretching caused by weight gain or weight loss. Their website also mentioned that smaller, more symmetrical tattoos may look more distorted than bigger asymmetrical ones.I have a stomach tattoo that I want to get covered by another design, but I'm thinking that I should hold off on getting the cover-up until after I've had children. I know, I shouldn't have gotten a stomach tattoo if I wanted to have children. I got it when I was younger and reckless and I didn't really give a shit about my future, never thought I'd want children. I don't want to cover this tattoo with a great piece to have it stretch and get distorted when I could just put off getting it covered.
Helpful answer: A lot of factors determine how much the tattoo will be distorted. Here is a thread where a few people shared their experiences. Do stretch marks run in your family with pregnancy? If they do, there is a higher chance of something happening to the tattoo. If they don't, maybe it will be safe. It also depends how much weight you actually put on during the pregnancy, just like with any fat gain. I have a friend who has a large piece on her side, and it looked fine after she gave birth because she was healthy and didn't gain a ton of fat. While I don't have any tattoos, I am 100% certain that if I did have any, they would have been stretched to hell after my pregnancies. I had very bad edema in my abdomen (we're talking on top of being pregnant, I also retained water in my belly) and I have stretch marks from my shoulders to my knees. I would guess that those who don't have issues with tattoos probably don't have big issues with stretch marks either. Some of us are luckier than others. Guess I should just be glad I never got a tattoo. :) (Source: www.girlsgonechild.net)