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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?

my aunt got a tattoo on her leg while she was pregnant an it didnt seem too affect the baby at all i just wouldent recomend a tattoo anywere near your belly but anything else should be fine. Im actualy planning on getting a tattoo for my baby before she comes and after she gets here putting her name below it.

N.M.M |

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

I just got a tattoo on my ankle, no problems!

erlyndibuff |

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

I got a tattoo on my wrist when I didn't know I was pregnant and it didn't heal up. Now the tattoo is faded in some places where the ink scabbed over and peeled off. I probably won't have it fixed though because it reminds me of my 1st pregnancy!

steviesmomplusone |

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

Even if you feel confident in your tattoo shop to be a sterile environment with a low risk of hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV, your body releases large amounts of adrenaline during the tattoo process with can stress out your little bundle.

HeyKacey |

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

My sister is a tattoo artist and although she is 100% safe with sterilizing her equipment and workspace, she still gave me a great big 'hell no' when I asked.

flowerlylly |