Pregnancy Health and Safety (Prenatal Care)
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I have had my nipple ring in for about 1 year and 2 months. I am 13 weeks pregnant. Will a nipple ring harm the unborn child while pregnant or breastfeeding?



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== == There is no risk to you or the baby from your nipple ring as long as you maintain a normal hygiene routine. Many pierced mothers say that there is no need to take the ring out while breast feeding as it has no adverse effect on the baby's ability to 'latch on' and it is less stressful to the mother and the piercing to leave it in place. Keep it clean and you will have no problems. The female nipple has many milk ducts and the piercing just acts as additional paths for the flow - if it is already well-established, as in your case, the ducts will have settled down, so there is a very small chance that it will act as a path for infection. Many women find that their bodies heal better during pregnancy, due to the hormonal changes, so this would be a good time to have the other nipple pierced to match the first one. Talk to your piercer.