Can You Get a Tattoo While Pregnant?

There are many questions that are asked when you’re pregnant. How will I feel when I’m pregnant? Can I exercise when I’m pregnant? Should I measure my pregnancy by weeks or months? How much weight should I gain during my pregnancy?

You might have scheduled your tattoo appointment months ago, however, you can’t control life and what happens sometimes. If your appointment is coming up and you happen to have gotten pregnant, you might be wondering if you can get a tattoo while pregnant. This is the question we’re here to answer today. While to some, this question might seem obvious, this is something many people are concerned about and rightfully so.

While there are some rules out there that are strict for pregnant women, tattooing while pregnant isn’t something that is necessarily addressed. That said, there are some risks about being tattooed while pregnant including risk of infection, HIV and Hepatitis B to name a few. There is also concern about the ingredients in the inks that your tattoo artist will use. While the risk is small, many professionals will tell you to wait until after you have the baby to get your tattoo.

No matter how bad you want that tattoo, getting a tattoo while pregnant isn’t advised by medical professionals. In addition to the possible physical ailments that could come attached to getting a tattoo, there are also emotional stressors that you should be aware of. Reducing your stress during pregnancy is of utmost importance. That said, getting a tattoo while pregnant could force your body into unneeded stress. In addition, it is also illegal in many states.

Getting a tattoo while pregnant can also compromise the immune system by inflicting pain, potentially sitting in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time and creating an open wound.

Tattoos and especially ones on the spine and back, can impact your ability to get an epidural. This is the case because of risk of infection or irritation. You can help to reduce these risks by speaking with your medical professional and let them know about any tattoos you have or any questions.

In the case that you are dead set on getting your tattoo, there are some things to think about before jumping in. Consult with your doctor and come up with a plan that works for everyone. The goal is to be as safe as possible. If your doctor tells you it is safe to be tattooed (which is unlikely), do your research and find a very reputable shop. That might be more difficult than you might think because many tattoo artists won’t work on pregnant women. If you do happen to find an artist that is willing to do the work, make sure you sit down and talk to them about their process, the dyes they’ll be using, how long the session will be and any other requests you might have. Your artist should be able to give you some relief if you have nerves. That said, it is going to be riskier getting a tattoo while pregnant than if you were going to wait until after.

The cleanliness of the shop should be your first and most important priority. The needles that are used by the artist are possible source of harm. If the shop you choose isn’t clean, you are at risk for HIV, hepatitis C, hepatitis B and other infections that are blood-borne. Another risk to a pregnant woman when getting a tattoo is getting a fever. White blood cells go to the place where a wound is open to stop the chance of infection.

Tattoos Before Pregnancy

Some women might have concerns about tattoos they already had before the pregnancy. There should be no worries about this as long as the tattoo is healed. Some women might also be concerned about their tattoos stretching if it’s on a place like their hip or stomach. While this concern is valid, moisturizing your skin can go a long way in preventive care. In addition, the human body can do amazing things. You’ll be surprised by the way it can bounce back after experiencing trauma.

Overall, most experts agree that getting a tattoo while pregnant is not a great idea. There are a lot of risks that come along with being tattooed while pregnant. Why put more stress on your body when you’re already going through a taxing ordeal. We would suggest waiting until after you have the baby, and the majority of professionals would agree with that as well.