I get asked all the time by clients if they can get a tattoo during pregnancy or breastfeeding. I personally always decline these requests, since a tattoo is neither necessary nor urgent, and because there is almost no research on the topic, I prefer not to take any risk.
The decision to get a tattoo during pregnancy is a personal one, but it is generally recommended to avoid getting a tattoo during pregnancy. There are several reasons for this:
Tattooing involves piercing the skin with needles, which carries a risk of infection during the healing process. During pregnancy, the immune system undergoes changes, making pregnant women more susceptible to infections.
Pregnancy can cause changes in the body’s immune system, leading to a higher likelihood of allergic reactions. This includes potential reactions to the tattoo ink or the materials used during the tattooing process.
Tattooing requires proper healing, and pregnancy can affect the body’s ability to heal efficiently. Hormonal changes and increased blood volume during pregnancy may impact the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
The chemicals present in tattoo ink are not extensively regulated, and their potential effects on the developing fetus are not well-studied. It is important to prioritize the health and safety of both the mother and the baby during pregnancy.
Can you get a tattoo during breastfeeding?
Unfortunately, the same risks listed above go for women who are breastfeeding. Because there is limited research specifically addressing the effects of tattooing on breast milk and breastfeeding infants, I also deny requests from breastfeeding clients.
Getting a tattoo will always face some risks to anyone, such as allergic reactions, an infection, stress to the body, etc. During pregnancy, these risks can be higher due to hormonal and immune system changes.
If you are considering getting a tattoo during pregnancy or while breastfeeding, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, such as an obstetrician, a lactation consultant, or your primary care provider. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific circumstances and help you make an informed decision considering your health, your baby’s well-being, and any potential risks involved.