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The Risk of Piercing During the Pregnancy

The Risk of Piercing During the Pregnancy

Piercing During Pregnancy
Piercing During the Pregnancy

Piercing During Pregnancy 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, 

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.

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 disease

Will a nipple piercing prevent me from breastfeeding? 

A piercing in the nipple or the areola has zero effect on your ability to produce breast milk, but a nipple ring is a potential choking hazard, so it’s best to leave it out until you’re no longer breastfeeding,” Dr. Hoskins says. You may be surprised to find that milk is expressed from your nipple and also through the hole of the piercing!

Should I remove my piercings while I am pregnant?

Piercing During Pregnancy
pregnancy and piercings

My nipples, belly button and clitoris are pierced. Do I need to remove my jewellery while I am pregnant? And what about breastfeeding?

There are cases, however, when removing the belly button jewelry might be a better idea. As the American Pregnancy Association explains, if your piercing failed to heal properly, or is currently irritated, then this might be a good time to take it out. 

In the case of piercings that have not received proper care, infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV/AIDS may occur. 

That naval piercings may cause stretch marks from the growing belly. Overall, though, well-healed piercings are not likely to present many problems.

And if you're dying to get a new piercing post-baby, the Association of Professional Piercers recommends a three month waiting period after you give birth before getting any new work done.

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