Many women who are pregnant wonder about the possibility of getting a piercing while pregnant. Is this safe? Are professional piercers allowed to piece pregnant women? What are risks and problems associated with piercings during pregnancy?
If you are pregnant and thinking about getting a piercing, these are some of the important questions to think about. It is absolutely vital to ensure safety of you and your unborn child, which is why it is important to think about any possible risks and problems.
Piercings and Pregnancy
Piercings are not the best idea to do while pregnant. Some older, well-healed and established piercings will not be affected by pregnancy, but it is highly advisable not to get any new piercings while pregnant.
The procedure itself is not the main problem, especially if you choose a light, simple piercing. However, even the simplest piercing procedure can cause troubles in pregnant women. You have a higher risk to get high blood pressure and to stress your body unnecessarily. Remember, all of this is reflected on your baby.
Furthermore, pregnancy makes it difficult for your piercing to heal. It can lead to infections and numerous other problems. Pregnancy complicates the healing of your piercing and can make your new piercing behave in unusual ways. Not to mention that pregnant women are also more likely to have problems with their jewelry in their new piercings.
For all these reasons, it is highly advisable not to get a piercing while pregnant. This is the official advice of Association of Professional Piercers (A.P.P.), as well as many doctors familiar with the subject of piercings and pregnancy. If you are pregnant, you should wait until you have your baby to get a piercing.
So, are Professional Piercers Allowed to Pierce Pregnant Women?
There isn’t a clear answer to this question. As noted above, it is certainly not advisable to get any piercings during pregnancy. This is particularly important if you wish to get a piercing on your navel, nipples or genitalia. However, even the simplest piercing, such as a basic earlobe piercing, is not a good idea during pregnancy.
There are numerous professional guidelines and advice piercers should follow. This advice matches the recommendations of numerous piercing-friendly doctors.
However, keep in mind that legal aspects are less clear. Laws and regulations may vary from place to place and it is possible that, technically, piercing studios and professional piercers can, in some cases, to pierce pregnant women. As in, they would not face legal problems if they do it, unless something goes wrong. However, since this practice is not really ok, most self-respected, reliable piercing studios will not pierce pregnant women.
In fact, if you encounter a piercer who is nonchalant about your pregnancy and is eager to do a piercing without further questions, it’s a huge red flag and you should run away from that studio.
Remember, in rare cases when piercers do perform piercings on pregnant women, it has to be done with a lot of preparation and a clear note from the doctor that a woman can go though the procedure. Even with the doctor’s note many respectable piercers will refuse to perform the procedure on a pregnant woman.
It is simply not worth the risk. If you really wish to get a piercing, it is best to wait until you give birth and wait a few more months (3-6, sometimes even more). Only then it’s safe to get that piercing you’ve been waiting for. Do not put yourself and your unborn baby at risk by insisting to get a piercing while pregnant. You are not only risking health problems but you are also increasing the chance of choosing a bad, unreliable studio: remember, most professional, reliable piercers and studios will not pierce pregnant women.
Donna Carlson is a staff writer for TheChainGang. She combines her love for body piercings with adult fun, such as sex toys, BDSM and other forms of pleasure. She says: “Piercings and sex toys often complement each other in the most sensual ways. I am happy to help you discover new ways to pleasure yourself and your partner. With a bit of practice, anyone can learn how to enhance their love life. And with a bit of courage, anyone can enjoy body piercings”. In addition to intimate piercings and adult toys, Donna also writes about body jewelry and other piercing adornments.