Tattoos After Pregnancy

Submitted by Jenifer on February 1, 2012

Getting a tattoo is becoming one of the biggest fashion statements in today’s times. However, getting a tattoo can impact your overall medical condition. It is therefore extremely important that you make sure what you are doing when you are getting one. Getting tattoos after pregnancy or even during it, carries with it a very serious threat of infection unless performed under the strictest health norms. Hip tattoos and stomach tattoos after pregnancy are some of the most sought after amongst tattoo enthusiasts.


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It is, however, always important to consult your doctor about how long you should wait post your pregnancy before getting inked. The fact that you have a lot of loose skin just after your pregnancy means that there is always a danger of your tattoo looking very deformed once your body returns to its normal condition. This is also the case with getting a tattoo during pregnancy.

More importantly, there is also the fact that not much is known about how the dye used in getting a tattoo can affect a developing baby, or even a breastfeeding baby – so it is highly advisable to leave the tattooing for a few months after you have stopped breastfeeding as well. Even the professional tattoo artists will suggest that you wait as there is a chance that the pigments used in the ink can cause certain distortions to the art. Henna is another form of body art that is still not widely used in the western world. However, this is a temporary alternative that one can always choose to perform on their body, as long as they are aware of the type of henna bring used. Not many people are aware of the fact that there are a few different types of henna. The safe variants of henna will stain the skin orange, chocolate, brick, cinnamon, red or brown. The one form of henna to be very worried about, pregnant or not, is the black variant of the stain. This form of henna contains a chemical known as para – phenylendiamine (PPD) which is known to cause burns, blisters and a number of other reactions on the skin that could have long lasting effects. All in all, the best idea really is to make sure that you get a tattoo after having delivered the baby and finished the breastfeeding course to ensure that nothing goes wrong.

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