Can I Keep My Belly Button Ring During Pregnancy?Body Gauges Blog
This is one of the common questions that piercers will get years after they have pierced someone’s belly button: can I keep my belly button ring during pregnancy?
The answer isn’t always going to be the same for every single person. In general, it really depends on how you carry your baby, how many babies you are having, and whether you are willing to try out different types of jewelry.
For most moms, as long as your belly button has healed, you should be able to keep your piercing in place. After all, your belly button doesn’t really play a key role in your pregnancy with your child, contrary to popular belief.
A piercing is connected to your belly button, but doesn’t connect to your child, so you don’t have to worry about passing anything through there.
You Will Have To Be Flexible As Your Belly Grows
There are times when your belly button ring may feel uncomfortable, so you will have to work with your body.
This is especially true for when your belly “pops” at the later stages of pregnancy. If this is the case for you, don’t worry about losing your piercing. As long as you can run your jewelry through the hole every few days, you might prevent the piercing from closing.
However, there are a few other options that can help you out.
Clean Your Jewelry AND Your Belly
Keeping your belly button jewelry clean during pregnancy will help to prevent infection which can lead to discomfort.
At least once a week, or more if you live in an area where you sweat a lot, take your piercing out and wash it with warm water and soap. You can also use a disinfectant to keep everything as it should be. Make sure to fully dry with a paper towel or wash cloth before reinserting it into your belly.
Do not use flowery scented soaps or those with colors or dyes. These can increase the likelihood of infection.
Another great option is to keep your belly button and navel clean is by disinfecting them regularly. Use a wash cloth and go to town on your naval region. Make sure to be gentle and use gentle soaps, but also get a thorough cleaning. Dry everything off with gentle dabs instead of pressing and rubbing.
Use a lotion or a cortisone cream to keep dry skin at bay, just make sure that the products you use are safe with pregnancy.
Do not scrape at your belly button with your finger nails or textured loofahs.
Pregnancy Belly Button Rings
If you want to keep your belly button ring during pregnancy, there are special types of belly button rings that you can buy.
Flexible pregnancy belly button rings are not rigid, so they move and expand with your belly as it grows. You can cut these to fit your belly size so that you can have the highest level of comfort. Depending on your type of belly button piercing these may or may not work well for you.
Warning Signs for Your Belly Button Ring During Pregnancy
You may experience some problems if you do decide to keep your belly button ring during pregnancy.
If you haven’t been cleaning your belly button well enough, it can become red and inflamed. It can even get infected, which may result in you having to take the piercing out.
During pregnancy, you are more likely to get an infection because your immune system isn’t at its peak.
Most importantly, if you are having problems with your piercing, remember that you can always take your piercing out and get it repierced once you have had your baby – the health and safety of yourself and your child is more important.