"Many, if not most, professional tattooists will not tattoo a woman who is currently pregnant or breastfeeding. World-reknowned tattoo artist Pat Fish of Santa Barbara, California, USA says:
There is always an element of risk in getting a tattoo. The tattoo could have an adverse effect on the motherâ€™s immune system that could be transmitted to the baby.
While the body is healing after a tattooâ€”and producing milkâ€”and if the motherâ€™s body would "reject" the tattoo, the possibility exists that it could harm the baby. This is especially a problem if the client does not follow the aftercare instructions and develops an infection. Alex Stewart of a former natural parenting Web site in the UK suggests that mothers give their bodies 18 months to fully recover from childbirth before asking it to heal a tattoo."
at 7:33 PM on Mar. 19, 2009