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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?

most tattoo artist wont tattoo a pregnant woman for these same reasons. its not safe

logan.c.herbert |

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

Most tattoo artist will refuse, so will piercers because it can send your body into shock is what i've heard. They are not willing to be responsible for that happening, and of course don't want that to happen to you.

CorilinEvans89 |