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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.
Are you worried that you’ll have to ditch your belly button piercing as your baby grows during pregnancy? Not necessarily As long as your piercing is healed — for example, you didn’t get it done within the last month or so — and healthy, there’s no medical reason why you need to remove your hardware during pregnancy. However, if your belly ring begins to feel tight as your belly grows, you may want to take it out. If it’s a newer piercing, make sure to replace it with Teflon body jewelry to stop the hole from closing!Your breasts will become more tender during pregnancy, but you don’t need to remove jewelry from your nipples unless you want to! If you’ve had your piercing for 12-18 months before becoming pregnant, chances are it’s healed enough to not cause any problems. If you’re in pain, changing up the size or the style of your jewelry may help, as will removing it entirely, of course. Just keep in mind that labor is a different story! For a C-section, all body piercings, even earrings, must be removed.
If you’re wondering about genital piercings, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered. Having a genital piercing may not cause you any problems during your pregnancy, apart from feeling a bit uncomfortable. This is because your skin and genitals can become more swollen and sensitive due to increased blood flow to the area around your pelvis. If your piercing is no longer comfortable, remove it! If it’s not bothering you, you can leave it in until closer to your due date. You should remove it before your due date, though, as it can cause problems during birth — your risk of tearing increases tenfold! Most tattooists will not knowingly tattoo a pregnant or breastfeeding mother. This is for liability reasons on the tattoo artists part, but also to prevent any disease that might affect the growing baby, and to allow the mothers body time to heal. It is suggested that mothers wait at least until 9-12 months after birth, when the child is no longer dependent solely on breastmilk before getting a tattoo. Reputable tattoo artists will have a waiver for the client to sign that asks about pregnancy and breastfeeding. (Source: www.llli.org)