When it comes to tattoos and pregnancy there are really only 2 questions:
One – Should I get a tattoo while pregnant?
Two – What will happen to my tattoos when I become pregnant?
It’s a bit of a grey area, but we’ll try our best to answer them here.
Getting a tattoo while pregnant
The question shouldn’t be can you get a tattoo when you’re pregnant, but more SHOULD you get a tattoo while pregnant. While there is no solid scientific evidence to say what happens exactly, the overwhelming consensus is that pregnant women should avoid getting a tattoo. There’s always a worry of Hepatitis or HIV, and while in reality, this is practically impossible, the concern never truly goes away.
The chemicals contained in the ink are the main reason for being cautious about getting a tattoo when pregnant. Proper scientific research into the effects of ink on people is still rare, and we have no idea the effects the ink may have on an unborn baby. And when dealing with unborn children, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Any expectant mother will have no problem waiting a few months to a new tattoo.
Having tattoos while pregnant
Ladies, that tattoo across your abdomen may look cool now, but if you’re planning on having kids, you can expect to it change dramatically in the process. Your skin is going to change so much while pregnant, it will have an irreversible impact on the ink, which not even retouching will correct. Distortion and discolouration are the two big aspects you should know about, although there are precautions you can take. Moisturise regularly to improve the skin’s elasticity, making sure whatever oils or creams you use are safe for the baby.
At the end of the day, every woman is different, and each person’s skin will react differently to pregnancy. Those who are blessed with good skin might not even notice a difference in their tattoos a few weeks after giving birth. Others may have stretch marks that turn that portrait of Jesus into Sloth from the Goonies. Either way, you’re probably going to be too busy changing dirty nappies to worry about it!