Can You Get a Tattoo?

The pregnant woman cannot get a tattoo during pregnancy. It is a contraindicated procedure and can bring many risks to both the development of the child and the health of the pregnant woman. The indication, according to experts, is that the woman wait at least 40 days after giving birth to get a tattoo.

In pregnancy, in addition to the large natural hormonal transformations that occur in the woman’s body, the skin also adapts to all the space needs that the child will have.

So, even if there were no risks for the baby, with the changes that occur in the skin, which stretches a lot, the woman could not be sure how the design would look after postpartum recovery .

Most gynecologists and obstetricians warn that due to major hormonal, emotional and immune system changes (since a woman’s immunity is lower), getting a tattoo is not recommended.

This is because it can also bring problems such as infections and inflammations that require drug treatment, which in pregnancy becomes a major problem, since most drugs can harm the child’s health .

If the pregnant woman has a tattoo on her back, for example, it can cause problems when applying anesthesia, if it is a recent tattoo.

Some Risk Factors for Baby’s Health

Administration of medications – The baby can be harmed in several ways, in case of any inflammation or infectious process the pregnant woman must take medications (even with restrictions due to pregnancy) and no medication is good for a child in training.

Virus infections – Another factor that must be taken into account is that one cannot be completely sure of the safety of the studio where the tattoo will be done, the origin of the inks that are used is not known for certain, moreover, in cases of materials without proper sterilization there may be a risk of contamination by viruses such as hepatitis B, C and even HIV .

Delays in the child’s development – When a woman undergoes a tattoo, blood pressure may decrease, as well as hormonal changes usually occur, mainly due to the pain caused by the process of skin piercing and the insertion of ink. Radical changes in blood pressure can decrease the amount of blood that carries oxygen to the baby, which can delay the child’s development.

Malformations – The skin is the largest absorption organ of the human body and is an exposed organ, the ink inserted into the skin in the process of the tattoo releases chemicals into the bloodstream, which can result in changes in the formation of the fetus.

What if I Don’t Know I’m Pregnant?

In cases where the woman got the tattoo without knowing she was pregnant , it is important to inform the obstetrician so that all tests such as HIV and hepatitis are done to find out if there is any infection and any risk to the baby.

Most tattooists refuse to tattoo pregnant women precisely because they know about the restrictions and the risks they can cause to the pregnant woman and the baby. In fact, this can be a criterion to even identify if the tattoo parlor is really reliable. In pregnancy, naturally the woman becomes emotionally more fragile and therefore the sudden desire for a tattoo can also arise.

Although most doctors recommend that the woman wait at least 40 days after delivery, the ideal would actually be to wait for the breastfeeding period to pass , as the chemicals in the ink released into the bloodstream could be passed on to the baby of breast milk .

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Dr. Alexis Hart
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.

Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

Dr. Alexis Hart

My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.

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