Tattoos During Early and Late Stage Pregnancy
Ever since the early days of the humanity, people decorated their bodies to stand out from the crowd. Of course modern techniques are safer than what our ancestors used. The technology and ink for temporary or permanent tattoos are less harmful. Permanent makeup saves time for a modern woman by letting her to wake up each morning looking stunning with ideal eyeliner and perfect brows. Beauty salons that offer this procedure became very popular among modern women. Pregnant women are not an exclusion to this, but is that safe to do during pregnancy? Let’s have a look into that matter.
Can Pregnant Women Get Tattoos? Risks
The first risk is pain. Pain is a reaction of the body (nervous cells) to a damaging stimulus. The only pain that body doesn’t associate with death is the pain during labor. All other pain sensations are the self-preservation instinct. A pain sensation triggers the mechanisms in the body that will sustain the system and organs functioning. It also causes adrenaline production much higher than before the pain.
The tattooist might offer you a local anesthetic but no one knows if (and how) it can affect the future baby. Besides that, a pain sensation can be very harmful for the baby. Medical history knows many examples when a common tooth pain was interpreted as a sign of danger by the woman’s body, and labor started to dispose of the fetus.
Pain tolerance can change significantly during the early weeks of pregnancy. Women who felt comfortable when getting a tattoo before pregnancy, might feel now an unbearable pain with just a mere touch of a needle. You can find evidence to that on many forums dedicated to that topic.
The second risk is the inks that are used for permanent tattoo. Modern tattoo inks are for sure less harmful, but you cannot label them as absolutely safe. Tattoo ink getting under the skin is a serious stimulant that can affect the future baby. An allergic reaction is the least you might get. You need to take an antihistamine in this case, which is less preferable during pregnancy. What if an anaphylactic shock follows the first allergic reaction? In this case, saving the life of the baby and the woman is in God’s hands.
The third risk is hormonal changes. It is not a secret that pregnancy changes a woman’s body. Slight changes can happen even in her facial features. The shapes and lines become softer and rounder, which is caused by extra fat stores needed during breastfeeding. Inking the design into an already stretched skin might lead to unexpected results later. The tattoo might change in a negative way after the baby birth. That’s why it may be wise to stay away from radical cosmetic procedures during pregnancy.
One more fact: a good tattooist with a medical diploma will never agree to ink the tattoo on a pregnant woman. You should think twice when applying to a medical center or a beauty salon that advertises tattooing as harmless during pregnancy. Read the reviews of the clients and most likely you will find that many were disappointed with the result. The risk is too high to take. Don’t put your body to the test for sake of sporting a new trendy tattoo. It is better to say no to any tattoo, even a temporary one, until your baby is born safely.