If you have a belly bar or another kind of belly piercing, will it cause any problems when you’re pregnant?
In this post we’ll explore what you should do with your belly piercings during and after your pregnancy – and how to maintain your piercing if you need to remove it.
We’ll also take a look at pregnancy belly bars. Are they safe, and how do they work?
Can You Have a Belly Piercing While Pregnant?
Don’t worry – you don’t necessarily have to get rid of your belly button piercing when you’re pregnant. Your belly button piercing shouldn’t present any medical risks to you or your baby during your pregnancy, unless it’s not healed fully.
If you only had your piercing done recently, then it might not have healed yet. And if this is the case, then you should remove your piercings through your pregnancy. Otherwise the area could get irritated or even infected, which will cause you some significant discomfort.
How to Stop Belly Button Piercing Closing
If you do choose to remove your jewellery during your pregnancy, you can stop the piercing from closing by running your belly ring through the hole every few days. And if the piercing does close, you can always get another piercing later, after you give birth.
Can You Get a Piercing During Pregnancy?
Never get any new piercings during pregnancy, though – on your belly or anywhere. When you’re pregnant, your immune system changes. Your body won’t be as adept at fighting certain infections. So a fresh piercing anywhere on your body could put you or your baby at risk.
Pregnancy Belly Bars
Though there’s no medical reason to remove your belly button piercing during your pregnancy, many women choose to do so anyway. As your stomach starts to grow, and your skin gets tighter, a belly button piercing can start to feel very uncomfortable.
Some piercings are made from rigid metal, which may eventually feel too tight as your pregnancy progresses.
So if you want to keep your bellybutton piercing intact during your pregnancy, consider getting a pregnancy belly bar. This is a form of jewellery specifically designed for pregnant women. Instead of rigid metal, they’re usually made from a safe, clean, and flexible plastic, so you can wear them comfortably throughout your pregnancy as your bump grows.
Most places that sell jewellery sell pregnancy belly bars.
Preparing For Pregnancy and Parenting
We have many guides on our site to help you prepare for pregnancy and parenting:
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- When and how to start using a birthing ball.
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You can find many other guides on our Real Parenting blog – a friendly and reliable resource for new parents and mums to be!