Is it safe to get tattooed while pregnant?

Colleen - posted on 04/16/2012 ( 32 moms have responded )

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I've really wanted to get a tattoo for a while now but I'm 6 months pregnant and was wondering if it was Safe to get tattooed while pregnant?

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Morgan - posted on 02/22/2013

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I just found out in pregnant ( 1st x) I'm maybe 2weeks....I've even planning on getting tatoos done! I never got a tattoo before...I really don't want to wait 9 months...any comments on getting tattooed this early is harmful??

Sara - posted on 10/20/2012

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If needle is sterile then it is safe. Its only from second hand needles than you stand the chance of getting any infection. So if needle is clean and sterile then your okay. I wouldn't suggest getting one on your belly though, because while your pregnant your skin is stretched, so after you've given birth there's a big chance that your tattoo proberly wont look the same. I'm 6 months pregnant and getting my first ever tattoo tomorrow. Yes people frown upon getting a tattoo whilst pregnant but to be honest, ignore them, you have nothing to worry about as it will not harm your baby.

Renee - posted on 04/22/2012

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I got tattooed while I was pregnant, by my husband who is a tattoo artist, after asking my midwife. No ill effects. She said the baby would be fine. the risk of any blood borne illness was zero, since it was my hubby. It is not the worst thing you can do. =]

Kate CP - posted on 04/17/2012

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How can it be backed up, Sherri? I've explained why women (maybe you didn't notice, but it happens to ALL women) shouldn't get tattooed during pregnancy. If you go to a reputable shop the chances of contracting an infection like HIV or Hep B is pretty frickin' rare. But the chances of having a fucked up tattoo ARE pretty high. They won't tattoo a person if they've recently been waxed or tanned. The needles react differently to skin that has more fluid in it (like during pregnancy) or is more elastic (like during pregnancy). Scar tissue is a very real issue with some people and if a woman gets stretch marks they're more likely to develop scar tissue. Or, God forbid, they get stretch marks IN their tat.

You chose to get a tattoo while pregnant. And while I don't agree with that choice, I don't think it was a smart idea, and I don't recommend you do it again, it was your choice. That doesn't make it perfectly okay for everyone else.

Do you realize the liability you caused for that shop by LYING about your pregnancy? That artist could lose his license because you were too impatient to wait 3 frickin' months.

Sarah - posted on 04/17/2012

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I agree, omitting the information to the tattoo artist that you were pregnant WAS a lie. You obviously do feel you know more than the doctors and tattoo artists that advise against getting one while pregnant. Google-ing something does not make you an expert by any means. If you want to risk your babies life (potentially) because you're too impatient to wait a few months, that's fine. It's your body and your baby. Personally though, I think it's negligent to advise someone that the risks aren't significant enough that it would be safe when you yourself admit they won't do it on a pregnant woman (if they knew). Did you not think there is a reason for this? You say you did your research, but it seems that in doing this research you ignored the experts on the subject. What research did you do really, a friend who had one who was fine? IMO it's selfish and shallow that someone can't wait a lousy 3 months to do something COSMETIC to their body, but if appearances are more important to someone than the health of their baby, go for it.

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Alicia - posted on 05/17/2014

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I'm suppose to go today to get mother daughter tattoos with my sister and mother! We know the artist is clean so I'm safe? My sister got one and the baby was fine so I think it's ok! I don't feel I'm harming my child I mean it's not like I'm going to do a line of drugs or something that will actually get to my child and harm it?

Alicia - posted on 05/17/2014

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My sister got one in her first trimester and had a healthy baby :) I don't recommend not going to a shop but she did not her father was a tattoo artist and he did hers she was fine

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Not sure if its safe or not, but I got tattooed at the lovely gestation time of 7 1/2 months, with a rather large and dark tattoo, on my forearm. It came about as a bad choice in my younger days and I knew I wanted that one gone before my baby was born. It is the shop owners choice to tattoo a pregnant woman or not. If they deem it to be unsafe then they will also have the means to tell you why. Do some research of your own, ask your doctor to give you the facts if there are any. Personally, I have not had any ill effects from getting mine when I was pregnant and the artist knew I was pregnant.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/17/2012

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No it is not safe. Depending on how your body handles pain, it can cause a miscarriage or send you into early labor. There is also the risk of blood borne disease or infection. Just wait 3 more months. No reputable tattoo artist will tattoo a pregnant woman.

Stifler's - posted on 04/17/2012

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I wouldn't. Your skin can have worse reactions to things when you're pregnant and there's always the chance of getting HIV/hep B even though it's low. the pain will also be worse.

Kate CP - posted on 04/17/2012

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Lying by omission is still a lie, Sherri. But, whatever. It's your body and your kid. If you want to get a tattoo while pregnant go for it...I still think it's a stupid thing to do, though.

Sherri - posted on 04/17/2012

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I never said a tattoo couldn't be messed up. I just said it could also depend where you decided to have it placed increased or decreased the likely hood of that being the case. As far as stretch marks I personally have never known anyone to get them anywhere other than their stomach or breasts. Not saying I suppose they couldn't get them elsewhere just saying I haven't experienced that.

Also I never would have risked this guys license and I never actually lied about my pregnancy as I was never asked. I just didn't say openly to him I was. So there was no liability to him by me.

How can it be backed up? Check up any reputable .org website on the subject and you will see everything I posted to be fact. I didn't just come up with what I said as to the risks out of thin air. Also I am not referring to the fluid retention I could care less about that, I am referring to all risks to the baby. Not superficial things such as due to fluid it may not come out right.

Sherri - posted on 04/17/2012

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Sarah never did I say I know everything! I do happen to know about this topic though and extensively did my research on it. Everything I said on this can be backed up.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 04/17/2012

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Dude, you are not even suppose to dye your hair when pregnant. No, I would not take the chance of getting a tattoo while pregnant. You can wait 3 months and do it then.

Sherri - posted on 04/17/2012

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Yes I already said that I gained 6lbs and lost 27lbs within 2wks of giving birth.

Sherri - posted on 04/17/2012

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Well I guess I must be an odd ball then since I gained only 6lbs and my son weighed 7lbs 6ozs. I seriously retained no fluids.

Kate CP - posted on 04/17/2012

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Sherri, every woman retains fluids during pregnancy. It's part of pregnancy. The weight you gain is mainly fluid from blood and amniotic fluid, etc.

Sherri - posted on 04/17/2012

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Kate it also depends where you get your tattoo and if you retain fluids. I don't during pregnancy, I only gained 6lbs with this last pregnancy. The only thing that changed on my whole body was I had a belly but I didn't even show till I was at least 7mo's. I got my tattoo on my ankle it looks the same today after losing 27lbs (yes I gained 6lbs during my pregnancy and lost 27lbs within two weeks of giving birth) as it did the day I got it.

Kate CP - posted on 04/17/2012

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It's not just the risk of infection or Hep C while pregnant...but the results of the tattoo could be affected. During pregnancy you retain more fluids, your blood supply goes up, and skin elasticity changes. All of these factors can lead to one effed up tattoo. Plus, if you're a woman who gets stretch marks during pregnancy there is a very good chance you'll end up with serious scar tissue in your tattoo which looks like ass and makes it almost impossible to fix.

So, if you want a nice looking tattoo with minimal complications...wait until after bubba is born.

Sherri - posted on 04/17/2012

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Because I wanted it then. I also researched it and found no considerable reason not too. There really weren't any considerable risks to the baby as long as it was after 12 wks. The only two real concerns are HIV and Hep B. Both of which are nil to none as long as your artist uses sterile equipment, wears gloves, all needles are new, ink is new and sterile,



Also it isn't Hep C. that is a concern it is Hep B. just thought I would clarify.



The same recommendation for dying hair also is to wait till after 12wks. I waited as close as possible to 12wks but I couldn't quite make it as I was starting to look like a skunk. LOL!!

Bonnie - posted on 04/17/2012

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I won't even dye my hair while I am pregnant, so a tattoo would definitely be out.

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2012

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Unfortunately Sherri, it does happen, this is why it is recommended to wait. IMO, pregnancy is 9 months, it's not THAT important that it need to be done right then, waiting a few months until the baby is born is not going to hurt you and could potentially save your baby from a deadly illness. Personally, if it were me, I would NEVER forgive myself if my baby ended up with Hep C because I wanted a tattoo and couldn't wait until after he/she was born. To each their own though, I'm not providing judgement on anyone's decisions, just my opinion. I am a little curious though because I noticed you said you had one when you were pregnant, if you knew they wouldn't do it if they knew you were pregnant because it's not recommended, why would you not wait until after you gave birth when there are no risks to your baby? Like I said, I'm asking out of curiosity not out of judgement, so please don't take it as a personal attack cause it's not.

Sherri - posted on 04/16/2012

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If everything is sterilized Sarah which any licensed tattoo artists needles are as he uses a new sterilized needle and they only use ink on only one person that can't happen.

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2012

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I would be more concerned about the risk of infections, especially Hep C

Sherri - posted on 04/16/2012

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I just got tattooed in Oct and I was 6mo's pregnant. Although if you tell the tattoo artist he legally can not tattoo you just so you know. I wasn't showing yet and was able to pull it off. My son is now here happy and healthy as can be.



They say the ink can possibly get into your blood stream however, it is a very minute possibility.

Sarah - posted on 04/16/2012

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I would say no, there are risks with tattooing. You should speak with your doc though about it. I also wonder if the tattoo parlour would even do one on a pregnant woman. It seems as though you could wait, you only have another 3 months until your baby is born.

Colleen - posted on 04/16/2012

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Baby Centre link was really Informative... Glad iv got the patience to wait for a tat.. Thanks guys :)

Bonnie - posted on 04/16/2012

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I haven't looked at the link that Nikki posted above, but I would think it is not safe to get a tattoo while pregnant.

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