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Pregnancy & Tattoos: Everything you Need to Know

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When it comes to tattoos, there are many considerations to keep in mind, especially if you are pregnant or have recently given birth. In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about getting tattoos during and after pregnancy. Whether you’re curious about the safety of tattoos, the impact on pregnancy, or the changes tattoos may undergo after birth, we have you covered. We will also address the concerns of both clients and tattoo artists who may find themselves in these unique situations.

There are only two things we would like to emphasise very clearly at the beginning: Do not get tattoos during pregnancy or while breastfeeding!

Safety of Tattoos during Pregnancy

Before diving into the specifics, it’s important to discuss the safety of getting tattoos during pregnancy. While there haven’t been extensive studies on this topic, experts advise caution. The main concern revolves around potential infections and complications that can arise from tattooing while your body is going through significant hormonal and physiological changes. It is recommended to wait until after pregnancy to get tattooed to minimise any risks to both you and your baby. Tattoos are, simply put, a cosmetic measure to change one’s appearance. This should always be subordinate to the health of a living being. You do not want to put your unborn child at unnecessary risk. The tattoo can wait, your child cannot.

Pregnancy and Getting a Tattoo

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Tattoos also look fantastic on pregnant women, but they should be done before or after pregnancy and breastfeeding.

One common question is whether it’s safe to get a tattoo in early pregnancy. The answer is generally no. During the early stages, the fetus is most vulnerable, and it’s crucial to avoid any unnecessary risks. It’s best to wait until after your pregnancy to fulfill your tattoo aspirations.

Tattooing Others while Pregnant

On the other side of the needle, tattoo artists who are pregnant themselves may wonder if it’s safe to continue working on clients. The answer lies in taking necessary precautions. As long as proper hygiene practices are followed, such as wearing gloves, using sterilised equipment, and maintaining a clean working environment, it is generally considered safe for pregnant tattoo artists to continue their work. However, if any risks or concerns arise, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional.

Tattoos and Pregnancy Changes

During pregnancy and postpartum, many changes occur in a woman’s body, including weight gain and skin stretching. This leads to questions about stomach tattoos and their potential to stretch after pregnancy. While the exact impact varies from person to person, it’s possible for stomach tattoos to undergo some changes due to the stretching of the skin. However, these changes are unpredictable and can vary greatly. If you’re planning on getting a stomach tattoo, it’s advisable to wait until you’ve finished with any child plans to minimise potential alterations.

Tattoos and Breastfeeding

During pregnancy and breastfeeding, the focus should be on the baby and the tattoo wish should take a back seat to the desire to have a child.

If you’re a breastfeeding mother contemplating getting a tattoo, it’s essential to consider a few factors. Although there is no clear evidence to suggest that getting a tattoo while breastfeeding poses significant risks, it’s wise to wait until after you’ve finished nursing. During breastfeeding, the skin may be more sensitive, which can potentially make the tattooing process uncomfortable. Additionally, it’s important to prioritise the well-being and comfort of both you and your baby during this period.

Conclusion

Getting a tattoo is a personal choice, and when it comes to pregnancy and tattoos, it’s crucial to make informed decisions. Because there are some risks and changes associated with getting tattoos during and after pregnancy, taking precautions and prioritising your health can help minimise any potential complications. If you have any concerns or questions, it’s always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional. Remember to prioritise the safety and well-being of both you and your baby throughout the tattooing journey. So feel free to get a tattoo after you’ve given birth and you’re no longer breastfeeding your child. Before that, a tattoo is an absolute no-go.

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