Pregnancy is one of the most important and defining events in a woman’s life. During pregnancy, a woman takes direct care of herself and her baby, so making healthy choices is key to ensuring everything goes smoothly and smoothly until the baby is actually born. To put it simply, you just want everything to go well and be safe for you and the little human growing inside you.
Now, to completely juxtapose the previous sentences, we have to mention the tattoo. Well, tattoos seem to be getting more and more popular every year. So much so that even pregnant women wonder if they can get a tattoo right away during pregnancy and not wait for the birth of the baby. Sure, some women have made an appointment for a tattoo before they find out they’re pregnant. Life is unpredictable and things happen.
But, what we need to do here is talk seriously about getting a tattoo while pregnant, whether it can cause miscarriage, and whether you should do it at all, in terms of safety for the baby. So, without further ado, let’s go!
tattoo during pregnancy
Let’s start by saying that there really isn’t a rule against getting a tattoo during pregnancy. It is widely believed to be unsafe, but the lack of specific research and studies doesn’t really help us build a strong case. However, what we have so far in terms of research shows that there are a number of risks associated with getting a tattoo while pregnant. Let’s talk about it in detail in the following paragraphs!
Risks associated with tattooing during pregnancy
Now, getting a tattoo while pregnant is not really advised or recommended, no matter how badly you want that fresh ink. Here are some of the risks associated with tattooing during pregnancy and why you should avoid it;
According to available studies, up to 6% of people develop some sort of infection as a side effect of tattooing. Now, given that it’s a pretty low percentage, we’d say it’s no big deal. However, even the slightest chance of getting an infection during pregnancy can pose major risk and harm to your baby and how the pregnancy will develop further.
Bacterial infection is a huge risk for a pregnant woman. This is because his immune system is overwhelmed and in many cases weakened, making him vulnerable to aggressive cases of infection. Some of the symptoms of an infection include fever, tremors, chills, tattoo swelling, pain, discharge or pus, etc.
It is important to mention that a bacterial infection caused by contamination during and after tattooing can develop into cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection of the deep layers of the skin. Without prompt treatment, cellulite can be deadly, especially for pregnant women.
Additionally, the infection can also quickly turn into bacteremia or sepsis, as it usually tends to enter the bloodstream and progress rapidly.
Now, all of this can usually be treated with antibiotics. But, whether or not it is safe to use antibiotics during pregnancy remains a question. Some doctors are completely against it and claim that antibiotics can harm the baby, while others completely approve of this practice.
Besides bacterial infection, another dangerous risk of getting a tattoo during pregnancy is the risk of viral infection. Now, viral infection usually occurs due to contaminated tattoo equipment like tattoo needles. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV are some of the most common viral infections that occur as a side effect of tattooing.
Now you can see how quite dangerous this can be for a pregnant woman. Hepatitis B or HIV infections can easily pass to the baby, which means there is a high chance that the baby will also have a lifelong infection.
For example, there is a 6% chance that a pregnant woman with hepatitis B or C will pass the infection on to her baby. Without proper and immediate treatment, the infection can lead to serious health complications for both mother and child.
- Skin changes and reactions
Now, skin reactions and changes can happen to anyone during and after tattooing, whether pregnant or not. This is because the ink ingredients are unregulated and contain harmful components such as heavy metals and toxic chemicals. Thus, depending on the quality of the ink used for the tattoo, skin reactions may occur.
Now, it is important to mention that ink allergy is a real thing. It occurs due to the ingredients in the ink and usually has symptoms similar to a tattoo infection. There is usually swelling of the tattooed area, redness, pain, discharge and pus, lifting of the tattoo, etc.
If any of the symptoms appear, it is essential to consult a doctor and have a professional diagnosis. Doctors usually use corticosteroids to treat and relieve skin reactions, but pregnant women are not recommended to use such drugs. Corticosteroids are also not recommended during breastfeeding.
Tattoo during pregnancy and miscarriage
Again, we have to mention that there are no rules against getting a tattoo while pregnant. According to the Baby Center, as long as you follow their guidelines and consider things like registered tattoo artists and sterilized environment, women can choose to get tattoos while pregnant without issue. It is also important to mention that the APA mentions the risk of hepatitis and HIV infections, but there is no discussion regarding a potential miscarriage as a result of a tattoo.
However, there is a warning that excessive stress or unusual stressful events can lead to premature labor. Now, we don’t know if tattooing can cause such levels of stress to induce premature labor, but for healthy pregnancy and baby’s health, we recommend postponing tattooing until the baby is born.
So, can the tattoo cause a miscarriage? Probably not; there is no evidence of such a case so far, fortunately.
tattoo after pregnancy
So, you have decided to postpone the tattoo after giving birth. However, you are still unclear because getting a tattoo right after giving birth can be risky. The risk generally applies to women who want to breastfeed.
Now, there are mixed opinions about breastfeeding and tattooing. No medical organization advises against it, but many medical professionals advise women who are breastfeeding against getting a tattoo.
This is because of the ink, which moves around the body once it penetrates the skin. Additionally, the ink may contain toxic chemicals and heavy metals, which can cause infections and allergic reactions. Some infections, such as HIV, can be transmitted through breast milk, which can transmit the infection to the child.
So, how long should you wait after giving birth to get a tattoo?
It is recommended that mothers wait between 9 and 12 months to get a tattoo after giving birth. This is a period during which the child must stop being dependent solely on breast milk. However, even after this period, always make sure to tell your tattoo artist that you have just given birth and have breastfed or still do so occasionally.
So, should I get a tattoo while pregnant?
Although there are no scientific recommendations against it, no doctor will go out of their way to approve such a decision to get a tattoo during pregnancyt. The risk of infection or skin reaction is something you should not face during pregnancy. The infection could easily pass to the baby and lead to serious health complications.
Other than that, during pregnancy, you will gain weight and your skin will stretch. Thus, your tattoo may look different after delivery and your skin will return to how it was before.
Also, there is the question of increased pain during the tattoo processas well as a prolonged healing period. During pregnancy, the immune system is overwhelmed, so it may not be able to handle tattoo healing as quickly as it usually would.
Now tattooing during pregnancy will not cause miscarriage; at least no scientific research has provided evidence of such a possibility or a case where it has happened. But, it can surely have other adverse effects and lead to serious health complications for both the mother and the baby.
In case you still want to get a tattoo
So you’ve decided to take the risk of getting a tattoo during your pregnancy. Well, the best thing you can do is try to minimize the risk of infection and skin reactions. Here is everything to consider before getting a tattoo;
- Always make sure you get your tattoo done by a professional and experienced tattoo artist. pregnant or not. A reputable tattoo artist will make sure to sanitize and clean all of the equipment and environment in which you get your tattoo done.
- Always be sure to let the tattoo artist know that you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You will likely need to sign a form stating that you are pregnant or breastfeeding and that you are aware of potential side effects.
- Be sure to talk to your tattoo artist about the ink they use and if they know the ingredients of the ink. If the ink they use, for example, contains heavy metals, don’t get a tattoo in it.
- Be sure to talk to your tattoo artist about the cleanliness of the salon and the equipment they use. If the tattoo artist doesn’t use autoclaves or sterilization machines, or just uses random needles, don’t get a tattoo there.
- If you notice anything dirty around the tattoo studio, or if your tattoo artist isn’t using new gloves or reusing old ones, leave the studio. It just means you’re going to get infected because the studio is clearly not clean.
- Avoid placing the tattoo on your stomach, hip or chest. The belly and hip stretch the most during pregnancy, which could affect the appearance of the tattoo later on. Also, avoid getting a tattoo on your chest or breasts, because of breastfeeding as well as the increased pain you will feel.
- Make sure you really pay attention to tracking. Your tattoo may take longer to heal, so be careful to clean the tattoo, keep it moisturized and protected. If you notice redness, a rash, or the tattoo is taking too long to close, seek medical attention immediately.
Getting a tattoo during pregnancy is neither recommended nor advised. However, such an act will not cause miscarriage; there is no evidence that anything like this can happen. It is also important to avoid getting a tattoo if you are breastfeeding after giving birth.
For your health and that of the baby, you should avoid handling ink, which can be toxic and contain heavy metals. Moreover, the risk of transmitting infections to the baby during or after pregnancy (through breast milk) is simply too high to be taken lightly. For more information on this topic, be sure to talk to your doctor and gynecologist.
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