Prenatal Belly Button Rings -- Gonna Get One?


Pregnant CafeMom starrynight819's doctor scolded her the other day for not using a prenatal belly button ring in place of her regular trinket.

Apparently, rings, barbells, and other style metal jewelry are too short and can rip the skin as the pregnant tummy swells.

"My ring was starting to pinch into my belly button, and if I hadn't have switched it out, it could've caused some serious problems due to the skin stretching across my belly," starrynight819 said. "The doctor told me that if I kept it in, the ring could get embedded into my skin, or even be ripped out of my skin by just sitting the wrong way."

I don't have body piercings and had to look this one up. Prenatal rings (or retainers if they are used strictly as placeholders) are designed for expanding bellies -- here are some examples above. Pretty! They are made of medical grade, soft and flexible plastic.

Some moms in a Pregnancy group discussion said they never even knew these existed when they were pregnant and continued to wear their regular one. Another mom said she just took her piercing out entirely and all turned out okay.

What did you or will you do with your belly piercing during pregnancy? Take it out? Leave it in? Or buy a prenatal retainer?

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Proud... ProudMami2008

I wish I had known about these when I was pregnant. I took mine out when it starting hurting me, and then like a week later someone messaged me about these things. It was already closed up and now I have an ugly scar where it was. =(

Peajewel Peajewel

I had on with my daughter and I loved it. 

RanaA... RanaAurora

Those are still pretty worthless.  The point where you need to take out a metal ring, you need something even more giving than those provide to not cause damage to the skin and the flesh tube (the healed hole the jewelry goes through).

Instead, and no, this won't look pretty, go get some fishing line, gauged the same as your jewelry.  You can cut it and put it in, and it's flexible enough it's not going to cause any damage to your piercing hole.

If you've had your piercing for awhile, just take it out for the last couple months.

Peajewel Peajewel

RanaAurora, they are a very soft plastic and they are very long so they work perfect.  I used one during my pregnancy and never had a problem with it.  I thought maybe the picture is not clear enough for you to see how long they actually are....mine had plenty of room with my expanding belly and also with it being such a soft plastic, it never bothered me at all.

jewlr... jewlry4umomma

I also used one during my first pregnancy and plan to use it again with my current pregnancy.  I agree with Peajewel it was very comfortable did work perfect! I have heard of people using fishing line and it just doesn't seem like it would be very comfortable and I've also never seen fishing line gauged to a 14g which is the typical size used for a belly button piercing.  Make your life easy and get yourself one if you want to keep it! I had my belly button pierced for ten years and took it out for a couple days and it did start to close, so do NOT just take it out if you don't want to lose it.

RAGUm... RAGUmomof2

i took mine out when i was 5 1/2 mths pregnant and it's still not closed completely yet & it have a nasty looking hole along with a stretch mark too. i wished i would have NEVER got it pierced if i would have known it would have looked so horrible later on and not closed up completely. if it would only close completely it wouldn't look so bad bc you can only see the scar now that i'm pregnant and my skin is stretched tight


I never knew they had these! If i would of known that i woud have bought some! I took mine out when i was 6 mos prego and thankfully it didnt close up! I was still able to put one back in!!! But will remember this for next time and Go buy some!

RanaA... RanaAurora

Peajewel, I know what they're made of.  I'm an ex-piercer. :)  When the belly button is SO tight that you'd be causing damage, you need to have something that has NO form, like fishing wire.

madam... madamekatekate

One thing I don't have to worry about since my belly button isn't pierced.

Sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who thinks belly button piercings look really silly. Not to say I think people with them are silly but that they look silly.

SxdUp... SxdUpAngel

I took out all of my piercings when I got pregnant because everything hurt.  This pregnancy I only had my nose pierced and for a while I REALLY thought about taking it out when I kept pulling it out in my sleep and my towels kept yanking on it when I'd wipe my face after throwing up.  I kept it in, though, and I'm so happy I did.  As for my belly ring...  Well...  I can still see the opening and closing of the hole but they're no longer at the top of my belly button, instead, they're to the right...

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