Tattoos have been there for thousands of years. As far as the oldest evidence of human tattoos is believed, it is somewhere between 3370 BC and 3100 BC.In the researches, it has been found that originated to identify the wearer as someone from a certain tribe or group. However, today these are loved for number of reasons.
On the other hand, pregnancy for a woman isone of most beautiful experiences. Only a few things can match the excitement of knowing that you're going to be a mother. Are you planning to remember this special time of your life by getting a tattoo? If this is the case, there will be many concerns and queries.
Here is the detailed information which will be helpful in taking a wise decision. Get started:
Pain can be more!
Undoubtedly, tattoosare painful as the process makes use of sharp needles which can bring about a stun. Plus, during pregnancy your skin becomes delicate. Hence, you might experience more pain. Now if you weren’t pregnant, you could get it done without any pain using a topical anaesthetic solution. Application of a NumbSkin cream easily blocks the pain signals and you won’t have to suffer. However, during pregnancy, you must consult your doctor before applying any numbing cream.
Risks are more!
The other concern with getting a tattoo during pregnancy is the safety. You need to know that the risk of contracting an infection is really high. So you might be prone to Hepatitis B and HIV. Therefore, it is recommended to wait for a tattoo until after your baby is born. Plus, there is very little information available about the safety of skin dyes. There are good chances that the chemicals in the dye affect the development of the baby. It is more risky during the first 12 weeks. And even after giving birth to your baby, there are little chances that you could pass the infection to the little one. It is more common when you are breastfeeding.
Epidural- is it possible?
You might have heard that if a woman has a tattoo on her back, she will be unable to get an epidural. Well, there are few studies which have been conducted to evaluate the risks of having back tattoos and receiving an epidural. And none of them have concluded any data indicating towards risks of tattoo. However, if you require an epidural but you have a tattoo on your back, contact the hospital in advance and check on their policy regarding tattoos and epidurals.
Even after knowing these you do choose to get a tattoo during pregnancy, make sure you know how to get it done safely.
How to safely
get a tattoo?
There are number of things you can do to make your experience safer. Checkout:
- Search for a clean and reputed studio. It must have separate areas for piercing and tattooing.
- Make sure your artists uses needles being opened from individual packages.
- The artist must wear new latex gloves before starting the process.
- Do check for an autoclave, which is a machine used to sterilize needles and other equipment.
- Ask for the ink quality and it should be in single-use cups which must be thrown away after your session.
- If at any time you feel uncomfortable, just leave it.