Possibility of Contracting a Disease
Even if your tattoo artist seems to be very clean, there is still a small chance that you could contact diseases that are transmitted via bodily fluids. AIDS/HIV and Hepatitis B are the most common diseases that could be passed on to you and your baby if exposed. Most diseases are passed via a dirty needle but you don’t always see what the artist does when you aren’t looking.
Stretched Out Tattoo
If you get a tattoo during early pregnancy, it is possible that the tattoo may become stretched while you are pregnant. I am sure you can imagine, a stretched out tattoo wouldn’t be attractive and it may look saggy. If this happens, you will have to have your tattoo touched up. Some tattoo artists will recommend waiting until you are finished having children before committing to have any tattoos on your body, so that you don’t have to have them retouched.
A Tattoo Might Interfere With Getting an Epidural
Planning on getting a tattoo on your back? If you have a fresh tattoo on your back, it is possible that the anesthesiologist may refuse to give you an epidural. An epidural is a common form of pain relief that is delivered via a catheter that delivers numbing medicine into the spinal column. An epidural carries it’s own risks and possible infection, but having a tattoo increases the odds of developing an infection.
Unnecessary Pain and Stress
Getting a tattoo can cause unnecessary pain and stress on your body. This stress affects your baby as well. Another reason it is a good idea to wait until you have your baby to get a tattoo, everyone handles pain and stress in different ways. There are multiple trigger points throughout your body and getting a tattoo might accidentally trigger something that could cause you to miscarry or go into early labor. If you aren’t full term, then you could end up with a pre-mature baby, that has to spend months in the NICU.
Did you wait until after you had your baby to get a new tattoo?