Many people wonder with pregnancy nipple piercings whether or not they are safe. This is a valid concern because during pregnancy, a lot of your body will change. This is especially true for your nipples.
The good news is that nipple piercings during pregnancy are looked at as generally being safe. They may cause some soreness, and they may pose a problem if you plan on breastfeeding, but they shouldn’t be forced out if you don’t want to take them out.
Pregnancy is a beautiful thing to go through, and cool girls with nipple piercings can experience every joyful moment alongside those without them.
And if you want to breastfeed when your little one arrives, you can do that as well. Nipple piercings are not going to hold you back one bit.
The First Sign of Pregnancy
One of the first signs of pregnancy is often breast and nipple soreness. This is because there are higher levels of hormones that are released when you go through pregnancy, and it can cause the breasts and nipples to feel sore.
It may be the first thing that a pregnant woman notices, and this can make things uncomfortable for your nipples.
However, your nipples often get sore during your menstrual cycle as well.
If you have successfully kept your nipple piercings in while you were on your period, then you should not have too hard of a problem in the beginning of pregnancy dealing with nipple and breast soreness.
Everyone knows that your body changes a lot through pregnancy. Kids change things a lot in general! It should come as no surprise that your breasts are one of the fastest changing things in addition to your belly.
Your breasts are going to get a lot bigger as they prepare for creating breast milk and feeding a child. Most of the time, this isn’t going to hurt your piercing.
A lot of women wonder if their piercing will get larger or if having it in could cause some sort of infection with all the other changes happening during pregnancy.
And while this could be a concern, it’s not something that you should worry about. As long as your piercing is healed and you have had it for a while, it’s not going to stretch out or close up. And just like with any other piercing, the risk for infection is very low.
The reality is that nipple piercings don’t affect your ability to have a healthy pregnancy either way.
Nipple piercings can catch on clothes, which may be uncomfortable when you are pregnant. If you find that your nipples are sore and the piercing is just making it worse, it’s probably best to say goodbye to the piercing for a while.
We know that nipple piercings take a lot of effort to keep them healthy and healed, but that doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to it forever just because you are pregnant.
You can put a piece of fishing line through the piercing so that it will not close up. This should make things a lot more comfortable for you in the long run.
Is Breastfeeding Possible
Those with nipple piercings may think that breastfeeding is impossible, but I have some good news.
There has never been a reported case of any woman experiencing the inability to breastfeed due to their nipple piercing. If you plan on breastfeeding once your baby is born, keep planning on it! There is nothing wrong with your nipples being pierced and you wanting to breastfeed.
The only thing is that nipple piercings are a choking hazard for babies. Plus, keeping them in could cause you to get an infection. You will need to remove the piercing if you are breastfeeding.
This may be disappointing, but you can get it reinserted once your baby is weaned and no longer feeding from you.
One thing that is interesting is that your breast milk will come from your nipple and the piercing hole! While it may feel weird as you get used to it for the first few weeks, it will soon feel completely normal.
And because you have experience with nipple tenderness because of your past piercing, breastfeeding pain may be a lot more tolerable for you.
What to Do…
If you are pregnant and have nipple piercings, you do not need to take them out. Some women prefer to go throughout their pregnancy without nipple piercings for comfort reasons, but as long as you are comfortable, you can keep your piercings in.
Just remember that if you are going to take them out you will want to put something in the hole to prevent it from closing up. Have you had pregnancy nipple piercings? If so, leave a comment and let me know how they felt for you throughout your pregnancy journey! I’d love to hear from you.