Piercing During Pregnancy – Is It Safe?

Piercing During Pregnancy

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Being pregnant does not mean that you need to compromise on your style and appearance. When a woman is pregnant, she is generally told to abstain from trying out new things which can be harmful to the health of the baby and mother as well. And if you are thinking about getting your body parts pierced when you are pregnant, you better not mention this to the older generation. When you are pregnant, you will be suggested to not get your belly button, nose, ears, nipples or genitalia pierced due to physical changes happening in the body. When the pierced area does not heal, it becomes susceptible to infection. So, avoid taking any risks during pregnancy.

Can You Get Piercings while Pregnant

Though piercings are in fashion, one should not take any risk during pregnancy, as you may get a staph infection which is not good for the baby. The piercers too do not recommend getting any piercing done as you have to be extremely careful once you get the piercing done. There are a lot of things that need attention when you are pregnant, so why add one more? Your body will undergo a lot of physical changes during pregnancy, you will experience morning sickness, you will be tired, your body will ache, so it is best to not aggravate the pain by getting your body pierced.

When Is it Safe to Have Piercing in Pregnancy

There are health risks associated with piercing. If proper care is not taken, you may be prone to infections and eventually, you may even contract Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV/ AIDS by using non-sterile instruments or supplies. Another possibility is that your body may reject the piercing as a foreign object and the wound won’t heal. It is best to wait until you deliver to get any piercing done.

Piercing Gun or Needle Piercing – Which is Safe for a Pregnant Women?

There is a higher risk of trauma to skin tissue if a gun is used for piercing. A sharp disposable needle is far less painful and hygienically safer than a piercing gun which can malfunction and cause injury. However, you must sterilize the equipment to prevent cross-contamination and infection.

Risks Associated with Piercing in Pregnancy

Getting your body pierced during pregnancy has its share of risks. You will be prone to infection no matter how careful you are. The chances of risks increase in a pregnant woman because of the physical changes and developing foetus. The major risks associated with piercing in pregnancy are as follows:

  • blood loss
  • inflamed skin
  • bacterial infection
  • infection with a transmittable diseaseA pregnant woman's belly pierced

Body Parts You Should Avoid Getting Pierced

As per experts, it is best to not get some of your body parts pierced. Piercing involving cartilage is the most dangerous when pregnant, as the healing process is very slow due to the limited blood supply. Nose piercing while pregnant should also be avoided. Horizontal or vertical tongue piercing involves major risk of paralysis or loss of sensation. Oral piercing can lead to excessive bleeding, infection, and injuries. Also, do not get your breasts, belly or genitalia pierced, as they too undergo many changes during pregnancy.

Precautionary Measures to Take While Piercing When Pregnant

Listed here are precautions to take while piercing when you are pregnant:

  • Suitable material like surgical stainless steel, 18 – carat gold, titanium should be considered.
  • Do not change your jewellery during the healing period.
  • Once you have got a body part pierced, do not clean it using chemicals like hydrogen peroxide as it destroys the healing flesh.
  • Avoid bodily fluids like blood, semen, saliva, sweat and vaginal secretions from contacting the spot of piercing.
  • If there is blood loss, immediately remove the jewellery.
  • Pregnant ladies should avoid getting pierced at the end of the second trimester.
  • Medical help should be sought if the person has a fever or any pain after piercing.

When Should You Remove Your Jewellery

Belly button and genital jewellery should be removed before the birth of the child. If a C- section or medical intervention is required during birth, all jewellery should be removed. Nipple jewellery should also be removed while breastfeeding the baby.

Pregnancy is a delicate phase so don’t take any risks. Low immune system and the risk of infection prevent moms from getting pierced during pregnancy, which is actually good.

Also Read: Belly Button during Pregnancy