Is it safe to get or have a tattoo during pregnancy?
I had to write a blog about this, because one of my customers came to me with a question - if I could do something to make her tattoo pretty again, because her pregnancy had been quite rough on her tattoo. So here you can read all about pregnancy and tattoos.
There are two sides of this story – But either way, read both sides and feel inside what you as a Woman think is the best solution and remember always to listen to your Tattoo artist.
It’s best not to have a tattoo while you're pregnant. It’s very unlikely that you’ll find a tattooist who will be willing to give you a tattoo, anyway. Here are the reasons why it may not be safe:
Sometimes, people having a tattoo faint or pass out. Most tattooists won’t be prepared to take the risk of a pregnant woman fainting. Tattoo needles are sharp and can cause a shock, more so during pregnancy as your skin can be sensitive. Unusually stressful events during pregnancy may result in premature labour or miscarriage. No one actually know wether having a tattoo would cause this level of stress, but wouldn't it be best to play it safe? The tattoo ink may be partly absorbed into your body. There are no documentation about the effects the ink may have on an unborn baby.
During pregnancy, the way you feel about your body and body image may be altered. Something you want to have done during pregnancy may be something you regret after your baby is born. Also, your skin stretches during pregnancy and you may put on weight, I did indeed. So the appearance of the tattoo may change after your baby’s born and you’ve lost your pregnancy weight. It therefore seems sensible to wait until after your baby is born to have a tattoo. But bear in mind that if you’re breastfeeding, you may want to wait until your baby is fully weaned. This is because of the risk of infection. The risk of contracting an infection is small, but if it does happen, you could pass the infection to your baby through your breastmilk.
Existing tattoos won't affect your baby-to-be. But your growing baby might affect your tattoos. Stretch marks can leave a tattoo discolored and distorted.
An example on how much a tattoo can get stretched during pregnancy - And how the Stretch marks goes directly through the ink.
Tattoos When Pregnant: First Things First – SAFETY – If you find an artist that will take the risk. If you are determined to have a tattoo during pregnancy, choose a practitioner who wears gloves, uses sterile disposable needles, and whose equipment is clean and sterilised, If unclean equipment is used, there’s a possibility you could catch a serious infection, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV. (For more guidelines you can check this blog out: Quick Guide)
If you have a tattoo and question the practices of the facility where you had it done, make sure you are tested for Hepatitis, HIV, and Syphilis.
Alternativ Tattoos During Pregnant: What About Henna?
For thousands of years, women in Egypt, India, and much of the Middle East have brought “good luck” to their pregnancies by applying beautiful designs of henna on their pregnant bellies in the third trimester. Legends say henna will bring safety in childbirth and a happy baby.
If you are interested in this temporary alternative, be aware that there are different types of henna. Natural, safe henna stains the skin orange, red, brown, cinnamon, brick, chocolate, or coffee and can last one to four weeks. Natural, safe henna does not come in a black color. You want to be absolutely sure the artist is using pure, natural products and not black henna. Black henna is claimed not to be safe for anyone, pregnant or not. Black henna contains para-phenylendiamine (PPD), which causes burns, blisters and various reactions that may last for months and is difficult to diagnose and treat. Use of natural henna can be fun and is not permanent.
More than anything you want everything to be safe for you and your baby. This information will be helpful for you as you take care of the tattoos you already have and decide on tattoos that you may wish to get during your pregnancy. I have found some more examples and good advices during pregnancy you should see and read - Enjoy :)
Choose wisely where you get inked if you want to have a Child later in life - to minimize the risk of stretching.
Good advices is: coconut butter, moisturizing cream especially ones with vitamin E, to help the skin with the stretching process.
Here you can see how the tattoo have faded out during the pregnancy.
A nice example where the tattoo looks okay - Your skin type is a big factor in how your skin reacts regarding how many stretch marks you get during pregnancy.
A beautifully done Henna tattoos. If you already have some tattoos that needs a repair after a pregnancy or a cover up of the stretch marks- try out a custom tattoo design and find your dream tattoo.
Rikke Merete Christensen@rikke_christenesen