Pregnancy is a transformative journey, filled with excitement and anticipation.
For individuals with tattoos, it’s natural to wonder about the implications of their body art during this special time.
In this blog post, we will explore the common concerns and considerations surrounding tattoos and pregnancy. Let’s dive in!
1. Take care of your Existing Tattoos
If you already have tattoos and are expecting a baby, there are some key considerations to keep in mind:
Watch for Signs of Infection
Pay close attention to any signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, or pain around your tattoos.
If you notice any concerning symptoms, seek medical attention promptly.
As always, maintaining good skincare practices is essential.
Keep your tattooed skin clean and moisturized, and avoid any harsh chemicals or products that may irritate your skin.
Check out our guides for a proper skin care for your tattoos:
2. Tattoo Fading and Stretch Marks
During pregnancy, the body undergoes significant changes, including weight gain and stretching of the skin.
While tattoos do not necessarily cause stretch marks, they may be affected by the skin’s expansion and contraction.
It’s important to note that not all tattoos will experience noticeable changes, but it’s wise to be prepared for the possibility of some fading or distortion.
Pregnancy can induce a lot of change in the body and it is natural that your tattoos evolve with your new body. Don’t panic, it is completely natural! If you feel like one of your tattoos needs a refresh, don’t hesitate to contact your tattoo artist to make it even more beautiful than before.
Talk with a Tattoo Planner
You can always plan your tattoos in advance by talking with a tattoo planning expert.
The tattoo planner can help you cover-up previous jobs, cover stretch marks and scars and even adapt your current tattoos to your desired look.
3. Can I get a New Tattoo While Pregnant?
It is generally recommended to avoid getting a tattoo while pregnant.
The main concern is the potential risk of infection. During pregnancy, your immune system undergoes changes, making you more susceptible to infections. Getting a tattoo involves puncturing the skin, which can introduce bacteria and increase the risk of infection. Additionally, certain tattoo inks may contain ingredients that could be potentially harmful to the developing fetus.
It’s always best to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized advice regarding your specific situation. They can provide you with the most accurate information based on your medical history and the stage of your pregnancy.
4. Post-Pregnancy Considerations
Your body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and childbirth. It takes time for your body to heal, particularly if you had a cesarean section or experienced any complications. It is recommended to wait until you have fully recovered and received clearance from your healthcare provider before getting a tattoo.
Time & Ressources
Caring for a newborn requires a significant amount of time, energy and money. It’s important to ensure that you have the capacity to care for your baby while also allowing yourself time for proper aftercare and healing of a tattoo. Consider whether you will have the support and resources available to manage both responsibilities.
5. Tattoos and Breastfeeding
There is limited research on the potential effects of tattoos on breastfeeding. However, it is generally considered safe to breastfeed with tattoos.
If you already have a tattoo on or near the breast and nipples before becoming pregnant, it may still have an impact on breastfeeding, but the extent of the impact would depend on various factors such as the size, location, and condition of the tattoo. Here are some considerations:
During pregnancy, hormonal fluctuations can cause changes in the skin, including the breast area. Stretching, darkening, and increased sensitivity of the skin are common. If your tattoo is affected by these changes, it may become distorted or faded.
Tattoos involve the insertion of pigments into the deeper layers of the skin. Over time, scar tissue may form around the tattoo, which could potentially affect the elasticity and function of the breast tissue. Scar tissue might impact milk production and flow, making breastfeeding more challenging.
Some tattoos may be applied directly on or around the nipples. In this case, the sensitivity of the nipples may be altered, which could potentially affect the breastfeeding experience. Nipple stimulation is an important factor in milk production, so any changes in sensitivity might have an impact.
Pregnancy is a remarkable journey, and for individuals with tattoos, it’s essential to approach this time with caution and awareness.
While it is generally recommended to avoid new tattoos during pregnancy, existing tattoos can still be cherished and celebrated.
By consulting with your healthcare provider, practicing proper skincare, and allowing your body to heal post-pregnancy, you can navigate the world of tattoos and pregnancy with confidence and peace of mind. Remember, your body art is a unique part of your story, and it can beautifully coexist with the joys of motherhood.