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Q&A: Is it safe to get a tattoo while pregnant?

Is it safe to get a tattoo while I'm pregnant?

Re: Is it safe to get a tattoo while I'm pregnant?

The Bump Expert

While we can’t absolutely say it’s not safe, most docs don’t recommend it.

First, there’s the risk of a blood-borne infection like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV due to improper equipment sterilization. Any infection you contract could be passed on to your baby.

Even if you feel sure you’ve found a safe tattoo parlor, there’s a big unknown factor. Very little is known about the effect tattoo dyes and inks can have on a fetus, so it’s probably better to err on the side of caution. Lower back tattoos can also be a problem if you plan to have an epidural. Again, while there’s no clear evidence supporting or refuting giving epidurals near tattoos, many docs employ the “better safe than sorry” theory here. Definitely check with your own OB before getting inked in that area.

Finally, there’s the cosmetic factor -- remember, your skin changes during pregnancy. A tattoo you get during month three of pregnancy will more likely than not look quite a bit different when baby is 3 months old.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: Is it safe to get a tattoo while pregnant?

I work at a tattoo shop and in my area most shops wont even touch a pregnant lady for tatts or body piercing.

jckelley |

Q&A: Is it safe to get a tattoo while pregnant?

my husband works at a tattoo parlor and they won't do anything to a pregnant lady because that new piercing or tattoo will take a lot of the attention of your immune system and body in general which needs to focus on your growing baby

lizzyopal |

Q&A: Is it safe to get a tattoo while pregnant?

My hubbie also is tattooist and it's a general no-no. If for no other reason than you will cause physical stress to yourself and baby. Any pain should be avoided unless necessary because blood will rush to the area and away from the womb.

sarahhutto |