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Oct. 11th, 2009 @ 08:11 am stretching due to pregancy..

Men/women who have children.

I've wanted a certain tattoo on my hips/lower stomach for a year now, but, I'm scared that when I have a baby a few years down the line that it will stretch the tattoo and make it look like crap after the baby is no longer in my tummy.

Have any of you girls had any problems/streching with your tummy/hip tattoos after/befor you gave birth?

Thank you! -Anna-
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Date:October 11th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
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I have to use my friend as my frame of reference; I have no tattoos there myself (yet), but my best friend has a small tattoo several inches below her belly button (pretty much just above the lower hair line). She went her entire pregnancy without it stretching...but ended up with a c-section where the doctor cut RIGHT through the middle of it and didn't quite stitch it up the same. I'm going to draw a cover-up for it; now that she's done having kids, she wants to fix it.

As for myself, my sides are slightly covered by my backpiece (and I'm currently pregnant :D) but I haven't gained enough weight in my sides to affect where I'm tattooed. From what I know, everyone carries differently. My friend mentioned above carried her baby weight everywhere. I'm all belly and I only gained weight in my butt (people don't realize I'm pregnant if they're looking at me from behind).

If it was me (and I'm actually a tattoo apprentice on hiatus, if it means anything), I would wait until you have kids before getting tattooed there. It's hard to tell where you will carry (high, low, in the middle) and you might end up with stretch marks or you might not. If you end up with stretch marks you might want to modify your tattoo to try and cover the stretch marks...you never know.

Sorry for the novel. Hope this helps a little.
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Date:October 11th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)

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If your mom has stretch marks, you will usually have them. The best rule of thumb from a mother and a female tattoo artist, wait. I have seen some horrible things happen to tattooes after pregnancy. Trust me, its worth the wait compared to trying to fix something if it does split with stretch marks.
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Date:October 12th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)

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My mom didn't get a single stretch mark from either me or my brother. I, on the other hand, got them like CRAZY with only one birth.
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Date:October 12th, 2009 04:13 pm (UTC)
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Like the above poster commented, you have no idea how you'll carry the baby. Some carry it really high and the portion of skin above the public line isn't stretched all that much. Others carry pretty low and that area see the most stretching.

Wait until you're finished having kids.