Belly Rings and Pregnancy

If you’re thinking about getting your belly button pierced so that you can wear a belly ring during your pregnancy, there are several different issues that you need to keep in mind. If you don’t already wear a belly ring when you first become pregnant, there are some pretty compelling reasons why you should probably think about not getting your bellybutton pierced right now.

The biggest risk for new belly rings and pregnancy, of course, is the risk of infection. When you get any kind of a piercing, you’re at a risk for infection. When you get an infection, it can cause problems for both you and for your baby that’s growing inside you. The risk isn’t limited to belly rings, of course. Getting pierced anywhere when you are pregnant creates a risk for infection. The fact of the matter is that your immune system is generally trying to work overtime already during pregnancy, and pregnant women may be particularly susceptible to infection.

If you already have belly rings before pregnancy, there usually isn’t a compelling reason for you not to wear a belly ring while pregnant, however. An existing piercing isn’t generally a concern. If it’s a recent piercing that may be susceptible to infection, you should take some extra precautions. Otherwise, you should be all set.

You might find that your belly rings don’t fit quite right during pregnancy. You might find that it’s even difficult to wear during pregnant. This can be especially true once your belly button pops out. At that point, you need to figure out whether or not you want to kee wearing the belly ring.

If you have had your belly ring for three years or more, you can feel free to just take it out.  It is much less likely at this point that the hole will close. If it’s a newer piercing, you can take the ring out but you should consider leaving something in the hold in order to hold the place. There are even specific studs and such designed for this purpose.

Leila Pereira
Leila Pereira
I work in occupational therapy and occupational science. I specialize in early intervention pediatrics for children from birth to three years old; with an emphasis on children with autism. My goals are to support the achievement of developmental milestones in your child while collaborating with caregivers & parents; including play skill development, education, leisure, rest and sleep, feeding, nutrition and social participation. Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy

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