Are you pregnant and want to remember this wonderful time with a tattoo? Or are you pregnant and worried about the existing tattoo on your body? As a pregnant, every woman wants everything to be safe for both mother and the baby during the pregnancy period.
This article gives information for pregnant women who want to get a new tattoo or want to take care of their existing tattoo.
Things to consider before getting a tattoo during pregnancy:
Before getting the tattoo, make sure that your tattoo artist follows these guidelines.
The tattoo artist should be registered and well recognized in your area. The tattoo artist should follow the basic hygiene like wearing gloves during tattooing, maintaining the surfaces and floors clean, using the sterilized equipment, using the new and disposable needles that are for single use, make sure that all the dressings are sterile packed and unopened, tattoo ink should also be sterile and unopened, etc.
The risks of getting tattooed during pregnancy:
Infection is the major concern that you should look for while getting a tattoo during pregnancy. Getting tattooed can keep you at major risk of infections like HIV and Hepatitis B. Even the risk is smaller; it is suggested to wait until the birth of your baby.
Yes… I know, you are very much interested to know about the safety of the dyes used in tattoo ink. Getting a tattoo during the first trimester can even put your baby at higher risk. The risks are unknown, as it is not yet clear about how the tattoo affects your developing baby.
During pregnancy, your immune system is suppressed and your skin becomes sensitive, so there is a great chance of infection.
What about in case you have a tattoo before becoming pregnant… Yes… I am talking about that only. There is nothing to worry about it. You just need to take really good care of it and check for any infection or weird skin changes. According to many studies, if you have a tattoo on your back, then you are not eligible to get epidural. But there is a clear study stating the effects of getting epidural for women having a back tattoo. So, it is better to do thorough research before getting epidural with a back tattoo.
Even though the risk of infection is too small, you could transmit the infection to your baby if you are breastfeeding. So, the decision is completely yours, but it is recommended to wait until your child birth.