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Piercing & Pregnancy

You are pregnant

After talking about geting pierced during the pregnancy, we will approach two piercings in particular : the navel and the nipples which are the most subject to questioning.

Getting pierced during pregnancy?

We suggest waiting at least 3 months after delivery of your child before getting pierced, to allow your body to recover from pregnancy and childbirth and to allow your immune system to return to normal. There is no special care that is required during pregnancy for healed piercings. For nipple piercings, you should wait three months following the cessation of breast milk production.

There is no special care that is required during pregnancy for healed piercings.

Nipple Piercing

According to a very large study carried out by the APP (Association of Professional Piercers), there are not been even a single case of a woman who wished to breast feed and could not as a result of having had a nipple piercing. The milk ducts are a multiplicity of little pore-like ducts. Therefore, the likelihood of closing them all off from a piercing of usual size is virtually nul.

Nipple jewelry should be removed during actual feedings, as it can pose a choking hazard and may interfere with latching. As a result, some milk may come from the site of the piercing during nursing, which is not a problem. Wearing a good quality nipple piercing as long as it is removed at the time of feeding is neither harmful nor problematic. Some will use an insertion taper (a tool designed for this purpose) to facilitate reinsertion or to check regularly and make certain the holes are open.

Navel Piercing

Navel jewelry may be left in place, some women leave jewelry in during their entire pregnancy and delivery. In case of tension in the navel, it is possible to put jewelry in Bioflex. These jewels are made of a bio-compatible and elastic plastic derivative. They allow for short periods of time to accompany the changes of your body. It is strongly recommended to change them every month because its structure breaks down, but the cost is very inexpensive. Keep your navel piercing risk-free!

In the event you elect to remove the jewelry entirely there is a chance it could be reinserted using an insertion taper even if the old jewelry won’t go back in readily. If it cannot be reinserted it is quite likely that it can be pierced again.

As a side note, some women who lack sufficient tissue quantity or pliability for navel piercing prior to pregnancy are often well suited afterwards.

There is no special care that is required during pregnancy for healed piercings.