Getting a tattoo in pregnancy is not a good idea. The skin changes and stretches as the pregnancy progresses, and after pregnancy your tattoo will likely look different compared to when it was placed.
If you want to get a tattoo during pregnancy, the recommendation is to wait three months after pregnancy due to the known risks the ink or dye could have on the fetus. Other risks could be infection, Hepatitis B or C or possibly HIV, if proper health and safety regulations are not followed correctly.
If you choose to get a tattoo, there are standards that the tattoo artist needs to abide by. The artist needs to be registered with the state board, if it is required in the state you live. The artist should wear gloves at all times, the area clean and well organized, and an autoclave, used to sterilize items, visible in somewhere in the area. New, single use needles, dressings and the bottles of ink or dyes should still be wrapped until ready to begin.
Natural henna is an alternative that is much safer. Although they are not permanent, henna tattoos can still have the same fun affect. Natural henna is “earthy” tones that stain the skin and can last for several weeks.
It is important to know when getting a henna tattoo that natural henna is not available in black. Black henna is not natural nor is it safe for anyone to use. Black henna contains para-phenylendiamine (PPD), which is the chemical that is common in permanent hair dyes. PPD can cause burns and blister that can be difficult to diagnose and treatment could last for several months.