I remember the first thing I thought when I found out, my teenage friend "Jen" was pregnant was "Oh my God, her tattoo is going to get so weird." She was fifteen and that was all I could think about because she had just gotten this tattoo of a sun around her belly-button (Hello, 90's!) and fuck, if that thing wasn't going to look like some Dali-esque melting clock post-baby.
My old friend ended up moving far away that summer so I never got to see firsthand how her body recovered from that pregnancy (let alone her teenage years) but I heard through a friend that her tattoo looked totally normal six-months after giving birth to her daughter.
Still, ever since I started getting tattoos I was warned of the perils of tattoos on or around the belly area. I was told they would warp, stretch and fade. Of course, because I'm not easily phased by warnings (and because, like, omigawd, Jen totally got away with hers!) I got two. One on my very lower abdomen and one around the left side of my hip/waist.
In the comments of my last post I was asked whether or not my tattoos stretched at all during pregnancy and the answer (so far) has been no. Neither of my tattoos so much as faded after my last pregnancy and I assume they will be unscathed this time around, too. Because -- well -- there is no way I can be any more enormous than I was with Archer that 9th month.
I figured the whole "your tattoos with get all jacked after pregnancy" thing was just an old wives' tale, written by the mothers of the world to to scare their daughters out of getting belly/waist/lower front torso tattoos. But then my lovely ladyfriend (and fellow preggo) kittenpie explained that she had postpartum issues with her hip tattoo after her first pregnancy.
Aha! So it is true! Sometimes.
Tattoo stretching on pregnant women seems to be case by case, however, so I turn to any and all of you with abdominal/hip/waist body-art and ask whether or not your tattoos changed during/after pregnancy and if so, how?
The minds they do inquire...