Is It Safe to Get a Tattoo While Pregnant?

Learn what risks are involved with getting inked when you're expecting.
ByPaula Kashtan
April 24, 2017
Hero Image

While we can’t absolutely say it’s not safe, most doctors don’t recommend it. 

First, there’s the risk of a blood-borne infection like hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV due to improper equipment sterilization. Any infection you contract could be passed on to baby. 

Even if you feel sure you’ve found a safe tattoo parlor, there’s a big unknown factor. Very little is known about the effect tattoo dyes and inks can have on a fetus, so it’s probably better to err on the side of caution. Lower back tattoos can also be a problem if you plan to have an epidural. Again, while there’s no clear evidence that supports or condemns giving epidurals near tattoos, many doctors employ the “better safe than sorry” theory here. Definitely check with your own OB before getting inked in that area. 

Finally, there’s the cosmetic factor—remember, your skin changes during pregnancy. A tattoo you get during month three of pregnancy will more likely than not look quite a bit different when baby is 3 months old. 

Related Video
Woman relaxing while getting a massage at a spa.

How to Safely Enjoy a Prenatal Massage

profile picture of Yelena Moroz Alpert
Yelena Moroz Alpert
Contributing Writer
woman relaxing in the bath

Is CBD Oil Safe During Pregnancy?

profile picture of Yelena Moroz Alpert
Yelena Moroz Alpert
Contributing Writer
glasses of rose wine outside on table

The Real Deal With Drinking During Pregnancy

profile picture of Anna Davies
Anna Davies
Contributing Writer
Article removed.