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To think you shouldn't be getting a tattoo when pregnant?

(58 Posts)
iMemoo Tue 06-Sep-11 11:33:24

I'm not against tattoos, I even have one myself. My cousin has just put pictures of her new tattoo on FB, she is 32 weeks and had it done yesterday.

I am shock

SenoritaViva Tue 06-Sep-11 11:34:12

Why? I don't have a tattoo so this is a genuine question!

BimboNo5 Tue 06-Sep-11 11:34:41


GypsyMoth Tue 06-Sep-11 11:34:48

Yes, why not?

lubeybooby Tue 06-Sep-11 11:35:18

Why not? I've never heard of any risk...?

bellatrixrocks Tue 06-Sep-11 11:36:21

theres the risk of infection, most tattoo parlours have signs up saying if you think you're pregnant don't get a tattoo

StrandedBear Tue 06-Sep-11 11:36:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BimboNo5 Tue 06-Sep-11 11:36:57

Its the going out the house thats the danger, you know the 'pregnant woman spontaneously combusts in fresh air' syndrome?

Technically, no you shouldn't because of the (very small) risk of blood poisioning, the tattooist should have explained that to her though.

I have a couple of friends who did during pregnancy.

LoveBeingIgnoredByMardyBra Tue 06-Sep-11 11:37:37

There is no way I would be able too, can't even to my eyebrows shock

BimboNo5 Tue 06-Sep-11 11:37:46

Ink doesnt enter the bloodstream though, or there would be a lot more to worry about than if you are pregnant!

iMemoo Tue 06-Sep-11 11:37:47

Well for a start most reputable tattooist won't touch a pregnant woman so she must have gone to some dodgey backstreet place.

Birdsgottafly Tue 06-Sep-11 11:37:55

If it's in the UK then there shouldn't be a problem with hygeine.

No different than having bloods done in pregnancy.

JarethTheGoblinKing Tue 06-Sep-11 11:39:04

It's the risk of infection and its valid. There's a reason you can't give blood for a set time after having a tattoo.

NoMoreWasabi Tue 06-Sep-11 11:39:06

I can't see it is a good idea and would be concerned about what sort of tattooist would be willing to do it. Babycentre has an article on it here

iMemoo Tue 06-Sep-11 11:39:15

So those of you who think iabu would you get one done whilst pregnant?

allhailtheaubergine Tue 06-Sep-11 11:39:16

YANBU, but only because no one should get a tattoo ever.

But out of curiosity, why specifcally not when preggers? I shall be disappointed if it's out of some misplaced ideal of fecund womanhood glowing muliebrously in an appropriately wholesome and pure fashion.

susiedaisy Tue 06-Sep-11 11:40:30

there is a risk of infection obviously and that in turn could cause you to go into labour prematurely, but i am guessing that the tatoo shop have proper health and safety guidelines in place as regards pregnant women, so if they were happy to do it then it must not advise against tatooing preg women!!

its like eating blue cheese and pate when preg it wont automatically make you ill, its just that it is at a higher risk of contaning the bacteria that can cause food poising so midwives advise against eating it, but in many parts of europe they still eat it!

BimboNo5 Tue 06-Sep-11 11:40:39

I wouldn't get a tattoo when pregnanct because a)im not going to be pregnant again, ever and b) they are a shocking waste of money

iMemoo Tue 06-Sep-11 11:40:59

Thanks for the link Wasabi

GypsyMoth Tue 06-Sep-11 11:41:34

Nobody has said yabu have they?

allhailtheaubergine Tue 06-Sep-11 11:41:54

Specifcally may or may not be a real word.

Birdsgottafly Tue 06-Sep-11 11:42:08

Body piercing isn't recommended when pregnant, but it depends on where you are having the tattoo done and whether you have had one before.

A reputable tattooist shouldn't be doing a first tattoo on a pregnant woman, but if she has been before, they might.

Vallhala Tue 06-Sep-11 11:43:15

"Its the going out the house thats the danger, you know the 'pregnant woman spontaneously combusts in fresh air' syndrome?"

grin PMSL, thanks for making me spit tea everywhere, Bimbo. smile

I wouldn't have a tattoo done when pregnant because A, I shall never be pregnant again and B, I never have had and never will have any desire whatsoever to have a tattoo.

No, ink doesn't enter you blood stream, but a tattoo is a big open wound, infection can set in and people have been known to develop septicemia.

Rare but it happens.

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