Pierced and Pregnant :
Pierced and Pregnant
When you get pregnant, it will seem that you should need to refrain from doing certain things. Like getting piercings, it’s not really recommended to have one during your pregnancy. That’s true because it’s for your sake and the baby. But how about the existing ones? Let us answer the frequently asked questions of expectant mothers regarding piercings.
What Happens to Your Body during Pregnancy?
Pregnancy is a time of great physical and emotional change for women. Your abdomen grows in size during the second trimester. The skin stretches and tightens to accommodate the increase in size of the fetus. The breasts become larger and more tender because of increased hormones. The nipples may also stick out more.
Piercing While Pregnant?
This is a no-no to all who are aspiring to get piercings. Professional piercers have warned against this practice because of health concerns. This is because when you’re pregnant, your body would need to do more because it is working for two persons. The body is also susceptible to infection because of decreased immunity. So, puncturing the skin during pregnancy is never a good idea because there’s an increased risk of bleeding and infection that can spread throughout the bloodstream. Not only are you at risk, but also the fetus inside of you.
Is It Fine to Wear Piercings Throughout Duration of the Pregnancy?
Yes, and no. It really depends on the location and what kind of piercing you have.
Stated below are the piercing examples:
For Nipple Piercings – Usually, nipple piercings can be left in place throughout the pregnancy. The downside here is that your piercing will stick out more and it would be uncomfortable when wearing a support bra. But you should remove them if you’re planning to breastfeed. The jewelry will be a choking hazard for the baby. Plus, it will be difficult for the baby to initiate latching and may cause feeding disorders. To be safe, remove it during the second trimester.
For Navel Piercings – When the skin stretches, it also tightens. This would result to a painful experience. The option here is to remove it or replace your jewelry with a soft and flexible one. Piercers recommend getting a PTFE, or Polytetrafluorethylene type so that it flexes with your growing abdomen.
For Genital Piercings – If your genital piercing isn’t bothering you, you can go ahead and leave it in. But OB-GYN’s advice to take it out as the due date approaches because the stress of childbirth on the vagina can rip out the piercing and that may lead to trauma and bleeding.
For Facial Piercings – It’s safe to leave it on but of course if you feel uncomfortable with it maybe due to hormonal changes, feel free to remove it and just put it back on after childbirth.
How do I Take Care of My Piercings during Pregnancy?
Proper hygiene is the best answer to this. Just continue your aftercare regimen. Clean your piercings with lukewarm water and hypoallergenic soap. This would be gentler to the body. Also if the piercing is new, wash with saline solution and dry. Don’t keep on touching it because it can contract bacteria and will lead to infection.
It’s not necessarily the end of the world for you, expectant mothers. Just follow the advice of your professional piercer and OB-GYN, and your journey with piercings will be smooth sailing. To get started, do check out our website for the best PTFE jewelry. Let us help you in this wonderful time because we care for your health and the health of your baby.