Maybe you’ve thought of remembering this special time in your life by Getting tattooed while pregnant, or even you’ve got concerns about existing tattoos while pregnant. Mostly, you simply want everything to be safe for you and your baby. This information is going to be helpful for you as you’re taking care of the tattoos you already have and choose whether or not to get a tattoo during your pregnancy.
Ensure that your tattoo artist follows or was following these guidelines:
- They are a registered tattoo artist (if your state registers tattoo artists).
- They always wear gloves during the procedure.
- They have an autoclave (sterilizing unit to sterilize equipment).
- The floors and surfaces are all clean.
- All the needles used are for single use only and must be new, disposable, and made.
- The dressings are sterile, packed, and unopened.
- The dyes or ink used for the tattoo also are sterile, packed and unopened.
- The artist is available for the first 24 hours if you have any problems. (Find out the availability of the artist if you have got any problems within the days and months ahead).
- If you have got a tattoo and question the practices of the facility where you had it done, ensure you are tested for Hepatitis, HIV, and Syphilis.
Think it through
The main concern with getting a tattoo during pregnancy is the risk of contracting an infection, like hepatitis b and HIV. Although the danger is tiny, it is recommended that you just wait to get a tattoo until after your baby is born.
Little information is out there about the safety of skin dyes used for tattooing during pregnancy. It is possible that the development of the baby during the first 12 weeks may be affected by chemicals in the dye. Some women may have also heard that if they have a tattoo on their back, they’re going to be unable to get an epidural. Very few studies are done on the risks that might exist for ladies who have back tattoos and receive an epidural. So far none of these studies has conclusively found any data that indicates there are risks, so most anesthesiologists haven’t any problem giving an epidural to a lady with a back tattoo.
If you want an epidural and have a tattoo on your back, it still would be best to contact the hospital and determine the policy in respect to tattoos and epidurals. Additionally, you’ll pass the infection to your baby if you’re breastfeeding, although the risk is tiny. Ultimately it’s your decision, but you will want to wait until you’re not breastfeeding to get a new tattoo.
What about Henna?
By applying beautiful designs of henna on their pregnant bellies in the third trimester, for thousands of years, women in Egypt, India, and much of the Middle East have brought “good luck” to their pregnancies. According to legend, henna will bring safety in childbirth and a cheerful baby.
If you’re fascinated by this temporary alternative, remember that there are different types of henna. Natural, safe henna stains the skin orange, red, brown, cinnamon, brick, chocolate, or coffee and may last one to four weeks. Natural, safe henna does not come in the colour black. You want to be absolutely sure the artist is NOT using black henna, but using pure, natural products and.
Black henna isn’t safe for anyone, pregnant or not. Burns, blisters and various reactions can be caused by Black henna as it contains para-phenylenediamine (PPD) which will last for months and is difficult to diagnose and treat.
If you have got concerns about an existing tattoo or henna, talk along with your healthcare provider.
So what if I have already got tattoos on my abdomen and body parts that change with pregnancy?
Do not panic! You can contact your tattooist for advice on how to take care of your existing tattoos while you are pregnant. Make sure to moisturize your skin regularly; proper skincare is a proven way of improving your skin’s elasticity, strength, and appearance. Most professionals recommend using fragrance-free lotion, petroleum jelly, or coconut oil.
The condition of the skin – pregnant or not – always differs from person to person, so it is recommended you speak to your doctor about your personalized skin care needs. It is extremely important to keep your protective layers of skin healthy not only to preserve your tattoos throughout pregnancy but also to keep your body safe from infections that will affect both you and your baby.
Getting tattooed while pregnant, even if you can?
It’s probably not worth the risk: a) getting a tattoo increases your risk of contracting various infections and b) there is very little information available on the safety of tattoo inks during pregnancy.
On the appearance of my current tattoos, will my pregnancy have an effect?
Yes, particularly tattoos on the abdomen and breasts, will be subject to discolouration and distortion. Tattoos on hands, legs, arms, shoulders and back. are not as dramatically affected by pregnancy.
So on my abdomen and body parts that change with pregnancy, what if I have already got tattoos?
Contact your tattooist for advice. Make sure to moisturize your skin regularly; proper skincare is a proven way of improving your skin’s elasticity, strength, and appearance.
Are temporary henna tattoos safe when you’re pregnant?
All-natural henna tattoos are technically safe for pregnant women, but be careful and always consult your healthcare provider first.