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tattoos and navel piercing belly (Anonymous)

Thanks – I’m happy to share my pics, especially because I have abdominal tattoos and had a navel piercing and didn’t really know how they would be affected by the pregnancy.

Anyways, I took pics of my belly throughout pregnancy. I have not until today taken a postpartum one, though! I gained 33 lbs and had only stretch marks on my thighs at the end of pregnancy. My midwife commented on my lack of stretch marks during my delivery, actually. But, after the baby, I developed a few stretch marks on my belly, mostly to the left of my belly button.

My navel piercing was a different story. I was able to wear it until 6 months or so, when it began to get caught on table edges when I stood up. I took it out when it turned red. I then developed a huge stretch mark originating from the piercing site. Now I have the mark you see in the pics left.

Tattoos – I have one on my lower abdomen, a rose, and it didn’t really change, I don’t think. I couldn’t actually see it for most of my pregnancy though. The large rose that runs from my right breast down my side became curvier but never seemed stretched. I also have one on my left breast that grew but never looked weird. They all now look completely normal!

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  • Rayna Monday, March 19, 2007, 12:14 pm

    That is great! Your tatoos are beautiful. I am getting one on my front torso. I bellydanced 3 years before having my twins and i danced while pregnant with them, this is my tummy two months after having them (no i didn’t diet cuz i love cheeseburgers too much!)

    I will get the tattoo, you inspired me!

  • Ashley Monday, March 19, 2007, 7:44 pm

    You are gorgeous

  • Alyson Thursday, May 24, 2007, 2:30 pm

    Oh my God, thank you so much for this!! i have tats in the exact same places and was so worried about pregnancy. How is the Rose looking now? Can’t see it in the bottom pic.

  • rubi Saturday, November 3, 2007, 11:20 am

    nice tatoos! i have those panties

  • margarita Sunday, January 13, 2008, 7:36 pm

    i got the same stretch mark above my belly button.. so i understand how you feel. But you really look great! Those are litte stretch marks..

  • Sarah Wednesday, January 16, 2008, 11:04 am

    I have almost exactly the same little strech marks above my navel piercing too, and I actually hadn’t had a naval ring in for years before I got pregnant. The hole was fully closed… but I guess it’s still enough to start the stretch marks. I’ve heard from a couple of other women having the same thing. Who would have guessed!

    Well, you look great, and congrats on your tattoos staying so perfect!

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