We do not recommend getting a tattoo while pregnant. There are two concerns: fetal distress due to how the body responds to tattooing, and though it’s unlikely, there is some concern that the process can spark a miscarriage.
The good news is that in the month or two after having a baby, women find tattooing to be very easy to take. The body has been through such an intense process giving birth that, in comparison, a tattoo doesn’t cause much distress.
When you get a tattoo, your body responds by generating endorphins, Adrenalin and other normal processes. Sometimes this can “sour” the milk, or temporarily shut down your milk production for up to a few hours. It doesn’t happen often, but it’s good to be prepared.
If you are a nursing mom, have a backup of formula or pumped breast milk if needed, or make sure your older baby has other foods to eat.
We don’t recommend getting tattoo work on the breast if you are currently nursing. Your baby’s hands aren’t the cleanest little things, and your child touching the healing tattoo work could introduce bacteria to the area.