In addition, tattoos on your spine or back could interfere with your ability to get an epidural.
However, by consulting with your medical professionals and disclosing any tattoos you have (as well as any concerns), you can reduce any stress or potential risks.
There are a few steps you should take if you decide to get a tattoo while pregnant in order to reduce the risk as much as possible. A consultation with your OBGYN is the first step. Even if your doctor says it’s safe for you (though they’re more likely to suggest you wait), you’ll need to find a professional tattoo artist who can ink you while you’re pregnant. We say pregnant clients are extremely uncommon for tattoo artists to work on. Make sure to schedule a consultation with an artist who is willing to tattoo you while pregnant to discuss what dyes they will use, how long the session will be, and any other accommodations you may require. If you have any additional concerns, you may want to speak with them to see if they can ease your concerns. No matter how sterile the tattoo shop or how experienced the tattoo artist is, getting tattooed while pregnant may always pose a greater risk (even to a small degree) than getting inked after giving birth.
It is also important to consider the sterility and cleanliness of the shop. When the tattoo shop isn’t clean, you run the risk of contracting hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, or other blood-borne infections from the needles the artist uses. The body may spike a fever after getting tattooed as white blood cells rush to the open wound to prevent bacteria from attacking it. No one really knows how getting a tattoo while pregnant will affect the mother or child, and very little scientific evidence supports any potential risks (or non-risks).
Are There Any Issues With Having a Tattoo Before Pregnancy?
You may be more concerned about the ink you have before becoming pregnant if you decide to skip getting tatted while pregnant. When properly cared for, existing tattoos won’t have any adverse effects on pregnancy. Sperling says the most important thing is to make sure your ink is fully healed.
An existing tattoo likely won’t be affected by pregnancy in terms of maintaining its integrity. It is possible for a hip or thigh tattoo to warp slightly, but not to the extent that it will ruin the design. If you get tattooed before you become pregnant, you may also see some cosmetic changes, such as pigmentation around your designs. Fiore promises that stretch marks and excess skin won’t interfere with your tattoo during or after pregnancy. She adds, however, that every person is different, and there is no way to predict exactly how getting pregnant will affect a tattoo.
Even though you may be itching to get inked while pregnant, medical experts and tattoo artists agree that you should wait until after you’ve given birth. Getting tattooed while pregnant has the potential to harm you-and that’s not fun. Tattoos are supposed to be fun, but they can cause harm.