Post # 1
Interested to hear what people did with their body piercings while pregnant. I imagine there are a few choices.
1. Leave jewelry in (not sure the discomfort is bearable or if the hospital would even allow such during labor/delivery)
2. Remove jewelry (risk piercings closing up)
3. Replace jewelry with something non metal that will also allow room for swelling
Post # 2
I’ve taken almost all of mine out over the years (a lot). I haven’t been pregnant, but know a lot about piercings. Which piercings do you have and how old are they?
The only ones that remain are my first hole and my hip dermals. Which I cringe at even thinking about taking those out. I’ve had them for almost 7 years.
Post # 3
j9marie : I have a belly button piercing. I lost the pregnancy before getting very big, but I ordered maternity rings. They’re softer and they allow room to grow so you have the opportunity to keep your piercing.
Post # 4
I had a belly button piercing that was 10+ years old. I took it out prior to pregnancy (a few months before) and a red mark remained (small scar) which I didn’t pay much attention to – now that I’m pregnant the mark/scar obviously expanded … not the best look.
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- Wedding: September 2015 - Historic Chapel
j9marie : I took my belly ring out when my belly started getting too big.
Post # 6
j9marie : Im 17 weeks and still have my belly button ring in and also my clitoral ring in.
I imagine my belly ring will come out kind of soon ow that I am starting to show, I will probably take the clitoral ring out when I go into labor, maybe a few weeks before as I sometimes forget about it lol…I do NOT want that in when I am delivering!
I won’t do a maternity belly ring as I think it will stay open, I’ve had my belly button pierced for almsot 15 years, and I really hope my clitoral piercing stays open ( have had it for 11 years), its my fave!
Post # 7
I’m only about 10 weeks but I took my belly button ring out already. I’m not showing yet but I’m starting to get very bloated at night lol. Also all my pants are high waisted and the bloating = ring rubbing against my pants. I was hoping to keep it in a little longer but oh well. That will probably be it for piercings for me anyway.
Post # 8
I have a flexible one that I used during my pregnancy once my other bars were too small for the job (for my belly button piercing) and I have a plastic one for my nose that I use for work but I had on hand incase I needed to take metal out. I didn’t need to in the end but it was there.
Post # 9
Thank you for everyone’s feedback. I have my VCH and both nipples pierced. I did consult prior to my nipples being pierced to make sure it would not conflict with breast feeding in the future. Though, I imagine I will likely need to remove those and I predict they will heal over quickly.
I have had my piercings for 12+ years. I feel like they have become a part of me so it feels odd to part ways but maybe I won’t have to let all of them go.
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I took out my belly button jewelry part way through my pregnancy. I had it for about 15 yrs. It did not close up during the pregnancy and I was able to put the jewelry back in after delivery. However, it was kind of stretched out and weird looking, so I decided to stop wearing jewelry in it for good. My daughter is 16 months now and it has mostly closed up at this point. (It still looks like a hole but you can’t put jewelry all the way through.) It was fun while it lasted, I guess.
Post # 13
I had my naval pierced and my VCH. I got a longer, plastic ring for my naval piercing and switched that in when my belly started getting rounder. I still have that piercing- almost 8 years after my son was born and it still looks really good. It took a little while for my body to settle afterward and I cringed when I looked at what had become of my belly for a bit 😉
I kept wondering what I would do with my VCH- especially during labor. I never took it out but it became a non-issue because I ended up getting a C-section. So I’ve still got that one, too.
Personally, I wouldn’t take anything out until absolutely necessary.