During pregnancy, mothers still want to look nice and continue with regular upkeep. That means you might want to get your hair done, continue waxing or microblade your eyebrows. However, you might be shocked to learn that experts label microblading while pregnant a huge NO GO!
In fact, experts state that microblading should not be done if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. So, if you plan to breastfeed your child, you might have a few years where microblading is not a valid choice.
Chances are you are wondering why it's not recommended, so let’s take a look at what the experts have to say.
Risk of Infection
Because microblading isn’t permanent like a tattoo you might get on your arm, some people believe it is safer. However, we have to think about how microblading is performed.
The professional will use a handheld tool to apply non-permanent ink, or pigment, into your basal membrane. Doing so creates a fuller looking eyebrow.
Microblading does pose a risk of infection, which could be harmful to you and the fetus. Every studio is different, and you always run the risk of picking a studio that doesn’t regard cleanliness as it should. Getting a tattoo during pregnancy poses a risk of infection also, as well as picking up possible diseases such as HIV or Hepatitis B.
Instead of risking a nasty infection, experts recommend that you use an eyebrow pencil instead during pregnancy.
Pigments and Pregnancy
A woman’s body goes through a lot of changes in those 40 weeks.
Your blood volume increases by at least 20%; that’s a lot of blood! Your hormones also dramatically change. Because of the increased blood volume, the pigments used during the microblading may not settle into your skin correctly.
You probably also noticed that pregnancy could cause discoloration of the facial tissue. You might seem more flushed frequently. Facial discoloration can affect the colors you picked for the microblading. Discoloration is often caused because of increased body heat.
Shockingly, around 70 percent of pregnant women have melasma or the pregnancy mask.
Melasma is the darkening of the skin on your face. It does get worse when exposed to sunlight but typically goes away after pregnancy without issues. However, if you have melasma, microblading wouldn’t be a wise idea.
Pregnancy can also distort and stretch your facial tissues because of swelling and fluid retention.
The shape of your new eyebrows might change once the swelling in your face subsides after birth. Everything might look wonderful; then the baby is born. Waiting until after pregnancy ensures the shape and colors you picked are accurate.
Safety for the Baby
The next reason why microblading while pregnant is a no-go is that the safety is questionable.
The pigments used contain traces of iron oxide and nickel. Your kidneys can excrete any of these minerals, but your tiny baby may not be able to excrete them. Their kidneys are still in the process of developing and learning how to work correctly.
Of course, there isn’t any way for us to prove at this time that their kidneys cannot process the extra iron oxide and nickel. Most insurance companies and OBGYNs prefer to lean on the cautious side. The health of the unborn child is of the utmost importance!
At this time, little scientific research has been done on the safety of the ink used during microblading.
The ink used in microblading is different than the ink used by tattoo artists. In fact, there is little research on tattoo ink as well! Because of the lack of research and the uncertainty of the safety, most microblading professionals will not perform microblading during pregnancy.
Reducing the Risks
So, you know that experts say no to microblading while pregnant, but you still want to go through with the procedure. We can’t stop you! However, here are a few things you should remember.
Only select reputable places that have high standards of hygiene.
Make sure that the professional is a registered practitioner.
Gloves should ALWAYS be worn!
A sterilizing unit should be available for their instruments.
Every needle should be new and disposable, designed for a single-use. The ink should be unopened and sterilized.
The only "tattoo" process that is considered safe during pregnancy is henna tattoos. Henna is considered a safe alternative during pregnancy. However, you must ensure only natural colors are used. Black henna isn’t safe for anyone!
Speak to Your Health Professional
As with anything during pregnancy, speak to your doctor if you are curious! Some doctors say microblading while pregnant is safe because the needle only enters the first three layers of skin rather than seven layers during tattooing.
So, talk to your doctor, but remember you do run the risk of infection.
Also, because of the increased blood volume in your body, the pigments may not turn out exactly how you want! If you want to be safe, opt not to microblade while pregnant.