Is it safe to get a tattoo while pregnant?

You have no control over what happens in your life no matter how far in advance you schedule your tattoo appointment. You may wonder if you can get a tattoo if you are pregnant or just want to get inked spontaneously.

Tattoos are technically allowed during pregnancy, unlike dyeing your hair or eating sushi. Getting inked while pregnant poses some risks to both mother and child. According to many experts, waiting until after delivery is the best option.

Is it possible to get tattoos during pregnancy?

It’s not recommended to get inked during pregnancy, no matter how much you want to. You may also experience infections and allergic reactions while pregnant, as well as hormonal changes, which may affect how your skin heals.

By creating open wounds, causing pain, and requiring you to sit in uncomfortable positions for long periods of time, tattoos can damage the immune system.

An epidural may also be affected by tattoos, especially those on your spine or back.

In order to minimize the risk of getting tattoos during pregnancy, there are several steps you should take. Making a decision together with your doctor is the first step. If your doctor does say it’s safe for you to get inked during pregnancy (although they’re likely to advise you to wait), you’ll have to find a professional tattoo artist who is experienced with pregnancy tattoos. The practice of tattooing pregnant women is very rare. Pregnant women who find an artist willing to tattoo them should schedule a consultation to discuss the dyes they will use, how long the session will last, and any other concerns they may have. If you are reassured about any of the other issues, you may want to discuss them as well. Keep in mind, however, that getting a tattoo during pregnancy may always carry a greater risk (even a small one) than getting a tattoo after childbirth, regardless of how sterile the tattoo parlor is.

A store’s cleanliness and sterility are also important factors to consider. The needles used by the artist are one potential source of injury. Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, and other blood-borne diseases are at risk if a tattoo parlor is not clean. A tattoo may even cause your body to get a fever, as white blood cells flock to the open wound to make sure there are no bacteria present. During pregnancy, no one really knows how tattooing affects the mother or the child, and there is little scientific evidence to support any potential risks (or none at all).

When it comes to getting a tattoo before pregnancy, is there anything wrong with it?

If you decide not to get inked during pregnancy, you may be more concerned about pre-pregnancy ink. Fortunately, existing tattoos won’t negatively affect pregnancy as long as they are handled properly. Make sure your tattoo is fully healed before moving on.

If you don’t allow the tattoo enough time to heal, you may experience additional discomfort during labor.

In terms of maintaining the integrity of the ink, pregnancy may not affect existing tattoos. It is possible for a hip or thigh tattoo to be slightly deformed, but it won’t affect the design in any way. People who got tattoos before pregnancy may also see cosmetic changes, such as pigmentation around or on their designs. Stretch marks and excess skin are also common during and after pregnancy, and these natural changes don’t affect your tattoo. Nevertheless, pregnancy changes tattoos differently for everyone, and it’s impossible to measure how they change.


While you may want to get inked during pregnancy, medical professionals and tattoo artists agree that you should wait until after you give birth to get inked. While tattoos are meant to be a fun way to express yourself, getting a tattoo while pregnant can be painful – and that’s no fun at all.

Pregnant women should avoid tattoos because they pose potential risks.

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